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My usual blogging tends to focus on the data access and analytics work that Simba does and how we help other software companies succeed by helping them do things like building custom ODBC drivers or building MDX query language engines.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Working in the database technology business, we run into a lot of software companies who have some sort of data or database engine. A lot of these software companies are very focused on building the next generation of powerful database... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Last week at the SAP Sapphire conference, I was able to get some more insight into what SAP is doing around Big Data. They have been closely working with Intel to integrate Intel's Hadoop distribution with SAP HANA. If you... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Simba has been a leader in OLAP and MDX data connectivity for the last decade and a half. Most of the OLAP providers out there that support the MDX query language have been built using the SimbaProvider SDK - these... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
An interesting post by Alex Williams at techcrunch from this past March about "Oracle Is Bleeding At The Hands Of Database Rivals" is worth a quick read. Most of the new Big Data vendors like DataStax use ODBC drivers from... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Yesterday, Teradata announced Teradata Intelligent Memory - part of the Teradata Unified Data Architecture. I previously wrote that Teradata found the following when studying data usage: 1. 43% of I/O uses 1% of cyclinders 2. 85% of I/O uses 10%... Continue reading
Darryl Taft at eWeek wrote a very good article Hadoop Drives Down Costs, Drives Up Usability With SQL Convergence. The gist of the article is that Hadoop has a lot of potential and adding SQL capability allows people to use... Continue reading
Now that Cloudera's Impala is GA, I expect we will see the SQL battle heat up in the Hadoop/NoSQL world. GigaOM did an interview with Cloudera CEO Mike Olson where they compare what they have against the other major Hadoop... Continue reading
With the increasing use of self-service BI tools, data exploration tools, and data discovery tools, end users have more options to analyze data coming directly from any data source. The other day I was asked why people should choose MDX... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Microsoft and HortonWorks have announced Hadoop on Windows and Mark Smith at Ventana Research wrote a nice blog post giving an overview of Hadoop on Windows. Some key points: 1. Microsoft HDInsight Server and Windows Azure HDInsight Service are built... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
On February 5 we delivered our most popular webinar series to date: Store once, read anywhere - using Oracle OLAP data in multiple BI clients. The videos are now available here: SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP with Simba XMLA... Continue reading
Last Thursday we sent the Impala user group a demonstration of some Big Data analytic technology in early development here at Simba. You can watch the video here: Microsoft Excel PivotTables on Cloudera Impala via Simba MDX Provider. In this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Join us for our webinar series on connecting to Oracle OLAP on Tuesday, February 5. You may have already read about this on Dan Vlamis’s blog. Vlamis and Simba will co-present. We will show the following BI clients: SAP BusinessObjects... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
On their blog, Microsoft has introduced the new ODBC Drivers for SQL Server. "Microsoft is adopting ODBC as the de-facto standard for native access to SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Database." Microsoft seems to now be aligning the versions... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
A recent report from TDWI talks about the staying power of the SQL query language. "According to Philip Russom, research director for data management with TDWI, most organizations are actually increasing their use of SQL in spite of increased adoption... Continue reading
Last Friday we officially announced the availability of the Simba XMLA Provider for Oracle OLAP 2.0. You can read all of the technical details in the Simba XMLA for Oracle Overview Sheet. It’s been great fun showing this product update... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Last week at the Amazon Reinvent conference, Amazon announced Redshift - their new cloud database. The premise here is that you can host your data warehouse in the Amazon cloud for $1000 per Terabyte per year. That is a cost... Continue reading
Here’s another in a series of posts on all the ways you connect anywhere, any time with Tableau. George posted last time about Tableau with Google BigQuery. We did a webinar recently on Tableau and Hadoop, where I showed how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
I was reading an interesting article on Forbes by Dan Woods entitled "Can Hadoop Survive its Weird Beginning?" Dan talks about the Hadoop ecosystem and issues that Hadoop has since it's three main corporate drivers - Cloudera, HortonWorks, and MapR... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
If you want to use the MDX query language to work with OLAP cubes like Kognitio, Microsoft Analysis Services, Oracle OLAP Option, SAP BW, SAP HANA, or Teradata OLAP, you really need a good background on how to use the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
We had a great party for the Teradata OLAP Connector at the Teradata Partners Conference in Washington, DC last Tuesday. We had over 100 people attend to discuss how they are doing OLAP/in-database analytics with Teradata. Thank you to arcplan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
An good overview post by Guy Harrison about "Google’s Newly Percolated Big Data Technologies". For those of us in Big Data, most know that Google's "BigTable and MapReduce formed the basis for open source Hadoop." Guy explains how Google has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
Chris Webb has written a good blog post entitled "Introduction to MDX for PowerPivot Users". Worth a read if you use Excel PowerPivot and are looking to go beyond the basics. The MDX query language is a powerful tool when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog
I attended Oracle OpenWorld last week and of course the main story-line was the Exadata X3 In-Memory Machine with Oracle Database 12c. The highlights were the expansion of memory use by this system as well as the use of columnar... Continue reading
I was reading a post on the HBR (Harvard Business Review) blog about "Who's Really Using Big Data" where they did a survey of Fortune 1000 companies to see what they are doing with Big Data. It was interesting that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Connect – a Simba Technologies Blog