How Birst thinks it can make data warehouses useful again

Analytics startup Birst thinks it can make data warehouses more useful by letting business users inside of them. Its new Distributed Business Analytics product puts departmental sandboxes right inside the warehouse, letting users interact with all the data they need from a central location.

IDC: Analytics a $51B business by 2016 thanks to big data

The market for business analytics software grew 14 percent in 2011 and will hit $50.7 billion in revenue by 2016, according to IDC. The category will grow at a 9.8-percent-a-year rate until then, driven in part by the hype around big data.

Birst raises $26M for BI that straddles SaaS and servers

Birst, a San Francisco-based business intelligence company with its roots in the cloud, has raised $26 million from Sequoia Capital, Hummer Winblad and DAG Ventures. The new money comes as Birst tries to become a BI heavyweight by pushing its way into the software world, too.

Andreessen leads $15M investment in GoodData

Software-as-a-Service startup GoodData has raised a $15 million Series B funding round for its cloud-based business intelligence product. Andreessen Horowitz led the round, along with other existing investors General Catalyst Partners, Fidelity Growth Partners and Windcrest Partners. GoodData has now raised $28.5 million overall.

Jaspersoft: Business Intelligence for the Web Worker

It used to be if you wanted business intelligence software for your company, you’d just write a check for $100,000 to Oracle, SAP or IBM, wait for the 18 cubic feet of paper documentation to arrive, then assign a few dozen programmers you had handy to the task and check back in oh say, 2 years when they had a beta ready.

That was then, this is now. Software that will let you comprehensively control your business data can be had for pennies on those old, pre-Web 2.0 dollars. Whether you’re working for a company that can’t figure out how it really makes money, or you’re the infrastructure nerd (or nerdette) at a brand spanking new online company, “enterprise business intelligence” is a new toy you can now play with.

Jaspersoft makes software for crunching, associating, storing and reporting your firm’s manifold kinds of sales, website and other data in two popular flavors: Open Source Free and Professional. A full helping of professional BI starts around $10K, not $100K, according to Jaspersoft’s CEO Brian Gentile. And if you or your CEO are comfortable with Open Source licenses, you can get into the game for zero dollars.

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MobileTechRoundup 118: mobile tech in Amsterdam

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MoTR 118 is 33 minutes long and is a 30.2 MB file in MP3 format.

INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1? by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.
HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

Two quick production notes from Kevin:
1. Matt was overseas so his audio is a little metallic; I’ve done the best I can but wanted to explain.
2. This show was recorded over two weeks ago. Events of late kept me from mixing this in a timely manner, so please accept my apologies. We’re now back on schedule.
TOPICS:
Matt joins us from Amsterdam in the middle of the night to tell us what Mobius is all about.
What’s on the newest HTC Touch as compared to the first model?
Verizon & Vodafone are moving to LTE for 4G, will this be a game-changer?
James reveals his idea on how to cover 90% of the U.S. population with WiMAX.
iPhone getting 3G in 2008: compelling reason to wait?Google Maps for Mobile and My Location: GPS-like navigation. Works in Amsterdam, even!
GPS woes with 3rd party software continues for James and his Verizon BlackBerry 8830.
Matt nabbed a Sony Reader before his trip and also got to play with a Kindle. Thoughts on the two?Kevin and Matt go into “silent mode” and James thinks they dropped. 🙂
Matt also got to play with an Asus Eee PC for the first time.
Find out what the American Dollar is now called in the EU. 😉

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