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Is There a Place for NoSQL in BI and Analytics?

by Dashboard Insight, Dashboard InsightWednesday, February 26, 2014

There are a number of data sources out there and one type that has been getting more attention recently has been unstructured data sources. NoSQL deals with structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. How do we get it to play nice within the BI and analytics field? John L. Myers explains in a recent blog on Information Management:

A question I receive quite a bit from people who are newly introduced to NoSQL platforms and the overall concept of multi-structured data sets is the following:

Can you use NoSQL for business intelligence and analytics?

This is a perfectly acceptable query. You have returned from a conference on NoSQL or big data and you are looking for ways to utilize this new found domain within your organization. Or better yet, you have been sent to do research by your boss who has returned from one of the previously mentioned conferences or who found a “shiny new toy” article in a technical magazine.

However, I have often found that the question is better redefined as the following:

Can you use a NoSQL data store to provide data to a business intelligence platform or an analytics system?

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