Top 25 Influencers in Business Intelligence

Here’s the list of top 25 influencers in the field of business intelligence. The ranking is based on Klout score. We used the Klout’s top business intelligence influencers as the starting point, and we checked the top influencers for these accounts (sometimes going out to multiple levels) to arrive at the list below.

1. MicroStrategy @microstrategy
Klout Score 79
Business Intelligence and Mobile Intelligence Software. For better, faster business decisions.

2. Mico Yuk @MicoYuk
Klout Score 66
Founder http://BIDashboardFormula.com &http://EverythingXcelsius.com, Entrepreneur, BI Influencer, Global Speaker, #dataviz Geek, #BIDF Coach, #Xcelsius Guru.

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Amazon Enters Data Warehousing Field Via Amazon Redshift Service

On November 28, Amazon announced it is entering the data warehousing field by announcing the Amazon Redshift service. Amazon Redshift is build on the ParAccel database platform, which can be accessed using SQL. Users can connect to the Amazon Redshift data warehouse using standard PostgreSQL JDBC or ODBC drivers. In addition, Amazon Redshift is already certified by Jaspersoft and MicroStrategy, two of the leading BI tools in the marketplace.

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Business Objects and MicroStrategy report Q3 Earnings

On Wednesday, Business Objects reported Q3 earnings of 41 cents per share after adjustment of one-time charges, beating the consensus estimate of 34 cents. Revenue was $310.4 M, ahead of the consensus estimate of $295 M. License revenue was $132 M (up 9% YoY), while service revenue was $179 M (up 27% YoY).

Yesterday, MicroStrategy reported Q3 earnings of $1.32 per share, beating the consensus estimate of $1.19. Revenue was $77.7 M, also beating the consensus estimate of $74.1 M. Product license revenue was $24.5 M (up 8% YoY), and support/services revenue was $53.2 M (up 23% YoY).

Wall Street cheered the results of both companies, sending Business Objects share up 9% on Thursday MicroStrategy shares up 4% today.

These are good reports for the data warehousing in general, as both companies are important players in the space. Their reports also show that the big software companies, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, do not yet have their business intelligence products quite up to the level of the specialist players yet. Given that this is still a growth area, it remains to be seen if any of these 3 big companies will make a big move (either releasing a next-generation product or acquiring an existing company) in the near future.

MicroStrategy 8

I had the chance recently to attend a session where MicroStrategy representatives discussed the new features implemented in the new MicroStrategy 8.

There were basically two improvements over the prior version:
1. MicroStrategy 8 added plenty of features for users to generate nice-looking reports.
2. MicroStrategy 8 added additional data source connectivity capabitilies.

That was pretty much it. When I first saw MicroStrategy 7, I was very impressed as it represented a big step forward from their earlier versions. With 8, I was not as impressed. One thing that was interesting was the absence of any new, more power OLAP features. I am wondering if this means that the OLAP tool vendors have pretty much included all the features that can be added, and now can only improve their product by expanding into other areas of data warehousing such as reporting, data mining, and ETL?