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Roman Stanek

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I am not happy to see LucidEra disappearing. It is not a good sign for the SaaS BI market in general and the startups in our space specifically. And I still believe Rob Ashe (IBM/Cognos) was wrong when he said that “BI doesn’t lend itself to SaaS”. There are some fundamental differences between first generation SaaS BI providers and true cloud-based platforms like Good Data. Some of them are technological while others are simply common sense: Good Data is based on true cloud architecture We use Amazon Web Services to host our multitenant platform and so we have minimal fixed and very low variable costs. We are true believers in Steve Blank’s Four Steps to the Epiphany, and the idea of spending over $20M before validating our go-to-market strategy is foreign to us. Cookie-cutter pre-built analytics apps are should be the STARTING POINT for customers to try – not the ... (more)

The Resurgence of the Enterprise: What’s Old is New Again

A few weeks ago Jim Goetz — a leading VC and partner of Sequoia Capital — said it was “shocking” that more entrepreneurs weren’t targeting the enterprise. Goetz’s point: Since 2002, twice as many enterprise startups had $1 billion IPOs as consumer companies. While he’s right, I can understand the disconnect. I can count on one hand (and still have fingers left over) the number of venture capitalists investing in the enterprise space in the past 10 years. That’s because the consumer space was sexy and — thanks to innovations like Amazon Web Services — it was cheap. Using AWS, a h... (more)

Please Don’t Let the Cloud Ruin SaaS

SaaS Journal on Ulitzer Back in the old good days of enterprise software, we did not need to worry about our customers. We delivered bits on DVDs – it was up to the customers to struggle with installation, integration, management, customization and other aspects of software operations. We collected all the cash upfront, took another 25% in annual maintenance. Throwing software over the wall … that’s how we did it. Sometimes almost literally… I now live in the SaaS world. My customers only pay us if we deliver a service level consistent with our SLAs. We are responsible for deploym... (more)

BI at SaaS Speed

Winston Churchill once said that “difficulties mastered are opportunities won”. His quote is very applicable to the the effort of building BI in the cloud. GoodData announced earlier today that May 2011 was our biggest month ever, so it is good time to look at difficulties and opportunities of BI Cloud in greater detail. Business Intelligence is a huge opportunity. Even in its current, dysfunctional, on-premise form it is $10B software industry. And on-premise BI is extensive and expensive IT initiative that involves building a complete chain of data integration, data-warehousin... (more)

The S.O.L. Moment for BI Hobbyists

When the PC industry was young we used to build computers from build-it-yourself computer kits. The best known kit was the Altair 8800 but another was actually called SOL (maybe due to the condition in which kit purchasers/PC hobbyists would find themselves…). Nobody buys and builds computers from a kit anymore. We buy professional products that are built by people who design, assemble and test thousands of these every day. Yet the “build-it-yourself  BI kit” is still the dominant way IT teams today buy, assemble and deliver Business Intelligence. That’s insane! Since BI proje... (more)