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Mar 05, 2013

In-Memory Goes Mainstream

Author:  Barbara Schiffman

As a Business Analytics service provider, FYI Solutions stays on top of the latest trends regarding Business Analytics.  This has included mobile BI and Cloud-based BI. We recently read a very interesting article, “7 Top Business Intelligence Trends For 2013”, written by Cindi Howson of BI Scorecard and published by Information Week.  Among the seven was the mainstreaming of in-memory technology. Following is an excerpt from that article:

In-memory technology saw several major releases in 2012, and that makes 2013 an opportune year for companies to implement this technology. In-memory was initially an approach leveraged by a few OLAP systems (like TM1, now part of IBM Cognos) and a few specialty vendors (like QlikTech and Tibco Spotfire).

Now all leading BI platform vendors have in-memory solutions, with Oracle being the last to join the ranks with its Exalytics appliance, which runs the TimesTen in-memory database. Kicking off 2013, SAP announced the ability to run its core transactional (OLTP) applications on the Hana in-memory database. Nonetheless, debate about when to use in-memory or when to use an analytic appliance, columnar database or disk-based data warehouse will continue, driven by constraints including available expertise, analytic demands and cost.

Other noteworthy 2012 in-memory announcements included:

•   Microsoft Hekaton, an in-memory transaction support within SQL Server, expected in 2014 or 2015

•   IBM Cognos 10.2, which includes dynamic, in-memory cubes for relational data sources

•   SAS LASR Server, which combines in-memory processing with Hadoop infrastructure for large-scale analytics and visual discovery.


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FYI Solutions has expertise in many of the tools and concepts identified in this article.  For more information, contact us at 973-331-9050.


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