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Business Intelligence with IBM Alphablox

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What is Alphablox?

Alphablox is the reporting application from IBM It is primarily used by those organizations where Business Intelligence/ Data warehousing is implemented. Alphablox was acquired by IBM in 2004. It is also bundled as part of the IBM DB2 Data warehouse Edition

 

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Advantage

It's major advantage is that through programming, we can deliver almost any GUI/functionalities/features for the end users

Disadvantage

Its major disadvantage, if at all, unlike traditional reporting tools, is that it requires extensive programming skills especially J2EE.

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BI with Alphablox
All BI projects would require one or more reporting/analysis tool and Alphablox is one among the many that is available to customers. Alphablox is a reporting tool from the IBM stack, which can be used as a front end in BI projects. It can work with most popular back ends such as Oracle, DB2, SQL Server etc.

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BI with Alphablox
Organizations who use Alphablox as their reporting tool in BI projects, prefer the same because of the need for very high level of customization, as well as the need to create own analytical applications within the customers existing business applications If you want to be successful in using Alphablox, make sure you are familiar with the J2EE framework.

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What is an Alphablox Application?
For End-users:

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A collection of web pages for reporting applications Provides relevant, business critical information Integrated with business logic Allows analytical tasks on business data via an easy-to-use interface

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Alphablox Application
For Application developers:

It is a collection of components managed by Alphablox Analytics JSP pages with • Tags • HTML • Java script • Java script lets • Graphics, etc

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What are Blox?
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Blox are reusable components Added to a JSP page using custom JSP tags They are built upon JavaBeans You specify: • The data source and query to extract the data • How to present the data • How you want your audience to view, manipulate, analyse, share, collaborate or comment on the data Not all Blox are visible

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Alphablox Analytics Architecture

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Data Tier:
Supported Multidimensional Data Sources

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Essbase • 6.5.x,6.2.x,6.1 patch 5 or greater • Showcase Strategy 4.1.050 or greater • DB2 OLAP Server 7.1 Essbase FP6 or greater Hyperion Essbase – Hybrid Analysis 6.5.3 Hyperion Essbase Enterprise Services 6.5.3 Hyperion Essbase XTD Integration Services 6.5.4 (drill through support) Microsoft Analysis Services SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services SP3 IBM DB2 OLAP 8.1 (or greater); 7.1 (Fix Pack5 or Later) Micro strategy 7.2.2 Alphablox Cubes
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Data Tier: Supported Relational Data Sources
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Oracle 9i, 8i (8.1.7.1 or Later) Microsoft SQL Server (SQL Server 2000 Enterprise/Standard Edition SP3)

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IBM DB2 Universal (8.1.2 Fix Pack 2; 7.2) Sybase Adaptive Server (12.5; 12)

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J2EE and Application Servers

J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) is the standard platform for developing multi-tiered enterprise applications based on Java programming language J2EE simplifies enterprise applications by: • Basing them on standardised, modular components • Providing a complete set of services to those components • Handling many details of application behavior automatically without complex programming
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Services Used by Alphablox

The J2EE security model • Used by Alphablox for user authorization JNDI lookup services • Provides a unified interface to multiple naming and directory services. Application components can access these services JDBC 2 Data Access Model • Allows access to connection pooling

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Supported J2EE Application Servers
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IBM’s Websphere v. 4.0.4 – Advanced Edition BEA’s WebLogic v.7 (SP 2 or higher); 8.1.1 Standalone solution: Tomcat v. 3.2.4

Tomcat is SUN’s reference JSP and Servelet implementation

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