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Giuseppe Costa

Giuseppe Costa

Giuseppe Costa is a Senior Software Architect, Database Administrator and Project Manager for Extra. He is mainly involved in designing client/server and web applications, built over relational database management systems like Oracle (for Business Intelligence/Data Mining solutions), MS-SQL Server and MySQL. He is also a professor in the Scuola Superiore di Sant'anna teaching database and data warehouse design for the Management and Innovation master program.
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How Much Does Open Source Business Intelligence Cost?

Giuseppe Costa,

The world of business intelligence (BI) and more generally Data Analytics is very diverse and involves many players. However, we can classify them as such:

  • Free/open source tools such as QlikView personal version, Microsoft Power BI, Pentaho, SpagoBI etc.
  • Proprietary or paid tools such as SAP BusinessObjects, Tableau, SAS, Microstrategy BI etc.

Regarding the first point, let's quickly clarify to avoid misunderstandings, free ≠ open source. 

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Error Handling Tips in Business Intelligence

Giuseppe Costa,

When creating a Business Intelligence system, it's common to retrieve data from many sources, during the extract, transform, load (ETL) process. Often, the data is duplicated in each source and we need to recognize the records representing the same entity. Let's take a closer look at some error handling tips in Business Intelligence.

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Pentaho Data Visualization: 8 Ways To Better Present Data

Giuseppe Costa,

How data is presented is an important for managers that need a bird's eye-view of their information in their Business Intelligence platforms. In particular, it's important to choose the right kind of graphical form or representation for each information provided.

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Tips Before Choosing A Pentaho Solution Provider

Giuseppe Costa,

Today, Business Intelligence (BI) should be considered a fundamental component of the IT infrastructure of all companies, starting from large multinationals to small businesses. Being able to analyze the economics and production data of your company is essential to identify any critical issues, improve performance and plan investments to grasp future opportunities.

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How Government Agencies Are Using Business Intelligence Today

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In recent years the introduction of Business Intelligence (BI) in the informatization of the public sector entities has been increasing positive feedback. The reason is probably due to the need for these institutions to measure and interpret the information gathered from their systems.

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Pros and Cons: Open Source Business Intelligence

Giuseppe Costa,

Open source software solutions are often confused as alternatives to commercial solutions, with the benefit of being “zero cost”.

But this “zero cost” software is only true for Community versions and not the Enterprise versions. Community versions are free and supported by their community of developers while Enterprise versions are available through the payment of an annual subscription and have the same functional coverage of commercial solutions with excellent quality of their functions. In truth, the only components that are free of cost are the tools and/or their source code.

Despite Community version being technically “free”, there are still some costs associated with it:

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Business Intelligence Tools Comparison: Pentaho, QlikView and SAP

Giuseppe Costa,

In the world of Business Intelligence (BI), more and more tools are emerging to simplify the work needed to extract information from large amounts of data. Among these, three tools stand out - Pentaho, QlikView and SAP Business Objects.

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Managing data from multiple sources made simpler with Pentaho

Giuseppe Costa,

Every day huge amounts of data are produced from from a number of different sources such as databases, web services, sensors, smartphones and other devices which makes managing data from multiple sources a rising challenge for today's businesses.

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Analyze business strategy in 10 minutes with Pentaho

Giuseppe Costa,

It's the details that make the difference... Or so we hear in many situations. But even then, not everyone has the same love for details as your forensic specialist, or more commonly, internet's occasional grammar nazi.

The world around us changes at a dizzying pace. It has become increasingly difficult to notice changes that have already occurred, to say nothing of those that are occur as they happen. Nonetheless, the goal still remains the same: beat the competition as soon as we take off from the starting line. To be able to gain an advantage before anyone else can make you unbeatable. Therefore, having tools that allow you to analyze events quickly can make the difference between a successful business and a b-list one.

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