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Panorama BI in the Cloud


Panorama Software is already known in the BI on Demand arena through it's relationship with Google to embed its PowerApps analytics and reporting into Google Docs.

However, Panorama has extended the PowerApps Business intelligence functionality, calling it "analytics as a cloud-computing service."

PowerApps has essentially been opened up via a cloud computing model, to other applications, with its analytics engine totally independent of Google.

PowerApps is positioned as quite a different cloud service from the liks of Amazons storage service or Googles Apps.

 

The Panorama PowerApps Cloud Model

  1. New tools enable data upload, cube creation and management.
  2. Customers use PowerApps to query hosted data.
  3. Answers are rendered in Microsoft Excel, Google Apps, or other customized front-end applications using PowerApps MDX (Multidimensional Expression) standard OLAP language engine.

 

Target Customers

Panorama is targeting:

  • Enterprise customers - with traditionally developed custom solutions using databases, such as Microsoft's SQL Server, IBM's DB2, or Oracle.
  • SMBs - who use SaaS-model applications such as Salesforce.com or NetSuite
  • ISVs - who wish to extend their application portfolio with analytics


Benefits

  • For enterprise customers - applications can be run either on-premise or via the software-as-a-service model with all the benefits of low barrier-to-entry and very cost-effective analytics.
  • Overcomes a major inhibitor of BI among enterprise users - lack of requisite skills.
  • Ability to implement a service only once eases pain - no IT update or maintaining desktop BI applications
  • Panorama is an open platform - allowing developers to create customised front ends and integrate tino other SaaS or packaged applications

According to "The BI Survey" and "The OLAP Report", Cloud has not been a popular option for analytics, due to better performance gained with in-house OLAP.

However, with Cloud data storage services, or data held externally contingent to SaaS solutiosn such as Salesforce.com or Google Apps/Docs, BI in the Cloud makes more sense.

 

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