Harnessing Big Data with BI-as-a-Service

March 2, 2012 No Comments

SOURCE:  EMC

Big Data doesn’t do your company much good if those who know your business best can’t harness it to unlock its value.

EMC IT’s soon-to-be-launched Business-Intelligence-as-a-Service (BIaaS) will provide that access to business groups across the company, along with a cutting-edge set of tools to help them probe trends and explore hypothesis on a whole new level.

BIaaS will soon be among the catalog of services available via the new EMC IT model, IT-as-a-Service. Basically, it will enable EMC’s business units to rent space and capabilities to conduct their own data analysis projects with full access to EMC’s previously highly-restricted corporate data base. (They will, of course, need to have proper security clearance and also approval from their controller.)

BIaaS will provide users with an analytics solution based on EMC’s Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform technology. The platform will be populated with a copy of existing corporate enterprise data to which the user can add additional data sets and manipulate it to explore trends or test theories. Think of it as having your own analytics sandbox on top of EMC’s enterprise data assets.

The BIaaS platform is architected so that we can allow the users the freedom to explore, mine and manipulate the data in ways that we could never allow on the mission critical Global Data Warehouse.

This new window on business intelligence has tremendous potential for greatly expanding EMC’s ability to effectively mine its Big Data. BIaaS is currently being piloted by several business units and is scheduled to be generally available by the end of March.

Eliminating past barriers

In the past, EMC business units that wanted new reporting or analytics using EMC’s enterprise data would have to make a request of IT to accomplish it. Oftentimes, IT could not react fast enough to meet the business needs due to other priorities and limited resources. Additionally, IT would often not be able to give business researchers the flexibility they needed to do the analysis because of potential risk to EMC’s mission-critical Global Data Warehouse.

Faced with these barriers, some business units pursued data analysis on their own, using IT infrastructure that they bought and maintained themselves outside the purview of EMC IT. We can call this Shadow-IT or said differently – Business managed IT. They often relied on Microsoft Excel or Access to painstakingly perform the analysis needed to support the business.

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