Primarily, a BI tool that enables analysis of unstructured and semi-structured data, as well as more traditional structured (measures, dimensions etc) data sets with ability to bring together loosely-related datasets and analyse them using search and lexical analysis tools. The in-memory key-value store database it uses doesn’t have the same costs around data manipulation, table joins and disk access that traditional databases have, and the column-based storage it uses is particularly suited to selecting from sets of dimension members.
Room for Improvement:
It’s got a good range of data visualisation components, and a web-based dashboard that appears to do a similar job to OBIEE’s interactive dashboard but lacks the support for runtime complex query firing and support which obiee provides through essbase engine.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Jun 05 2013