- Creation of an automated cloud infrastructure for on-demand Cloud BI
- Quick instantiation of custom environments for new customers (less than 10
- Easy configuration
- Data process automation
- Customizable reporting architecture
- Simple, worry free scaling
Full 360’s Recipe for Success
Full 360’s team of business intelligence (BI) experts have built some of the
largest BI platforms in the world. They utilize deep expertise in BI
technology to simplify the complexities of developing, operating and
managing BI infrastructure for their broad base of customers.
BI projects have traditionally faced long deployment times due to numerous
technology obstacles. Most notable is the time and resources required to
build an underlying data warehouse—procuring hardware, creating server
infrastructure, and installing, configuring, deploying and maintaining BI
applications—as well as the underlying database management system.
But three major trends in technology have appeared in recent years that are
radically transforming the BI and data warehousing industry. The initial
trend was the arrival of cloud computing as a viable enterprise computing
platform. It was closely followed by the emergence of open source BI
applications that offer industrialstrength functionality at a fraction of
the cost of traditional BI tools. The third trend is the rise of
next-generation analytic databases that offer 10-100x the query performance
of existing SQL databases.
Deploying Chef, Full 360 integrated its open source BI application,
Jaspersoft, with Vertica, the marketleading columnar analytic database, on
the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Full 360 also leveraged Chef
Chef to alleviate the time-consuming obstacles above and create a new
platform for Business Intelligence—the elasticBI Platform-as-a-Service
Chef allows Full 360 to configure and launch a customized elasticBI
image on Amazon for a new client within a few hours—versus days or weeks
with traditional tools. It also allows Full 360 to more easily patch and
upgrade the vendor applications as part of the elasticBI service.
Chef also provides a base for rapidly importing client data to the cloud.
"Chef saves me time every day," said Jeremy Winters, lead architect
and database warehouse designer for Full 360. "And, Chef recently
saved my life in a high-priority implementation."
Utilizing Chef on AWS allows Full 360 to radically shorten the time
spent building infrastructure and loading data, so that they can deliver
more customer value in less time, for less money. This approach encompasses
- Infrastructure Provisioning Full 360 creates an automated cloud
infrastructure for each client. This begins with provisioning new servers
via AWS, which often takes less than 10 minutes.
- Automated Configuration Once created, each new AWS instance is assigned
one of two roles, one for the Vertica Columnar database, and the other for
the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence solution. Chef then
automatically completes a myriad of specific configuration changes that
Full 360 defines for that role: which packages to install, which files to
be written, and services to be turned on or off.
- Data Operations Using Chef, Full 360 has automated many of the
processes involved in loading and transforming customer data. This
includes standard ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) activities such as
uploading data and converting it to a star schema.
- Reporting Architecture Once client data is loaded into the database, the
reporting architecture is put into place. Crafting the right set of
reporting and analytics for a customer’s business is Full 360’s primary
goal, and where the true customer value is delivered.
The result is a consistent, automated, and flexible process for building new
automated cloud BI Infrastructure, which is completed in just a few hours
with little manual intervention.