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June 16, 2008

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Ricardo Sada

Hello,

In a recent discussion on TDWI's LinkedIn group it was pointed out that this "just load, then query" without any modeling or data preparation in between, is a bold claim by some BI tool vendors. Some information might be easy to understand and load directly from the source OLTP system, but in many cases metrics have to be prepared, cleansed and modeled, and some times consolidated from several sources to produce something meaningful for the business.

I've tried QlikView's personal edition and it's an interesting approach very visually apealing tool but, it still requires technical expertise for the regular end user. As you say, "the answer lies somewhere in the middle". It might be very powerful for departamental or even corporate use, but best and fast results will happen only very reliable and well modeled data.

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