I was talking to Cameron about this, and he said I should just post it. So I am. What better way to return to the board after a few months off than to come asking questions? See, a question already.
I have done a proof-of-concept for GL drill-through for some users that are spending a lot of time researching Essbase data using a separate GL access tool. I have a set up where they can drill directly from the Essbase data cell like they are supposed to. The manager is happy with the POC and wants to proceed.
My architecture group, however, is interested in a survey of competitive solutions to the one I have proofed out. Essentially, they want me to justify the selection of the POC tool as the tool for final implementation. The tool I used (to end the suspense) is Dodeca.
I would like to do proper diligence on the question, but I unfortunately am not familiar with other third-party products even to do competitive analysis against them.
Does anyone have feedback on the lines of Cost/Effort/Benefit for what my options would be to provide drill-through another way? Such as this?
Cost - none (already licensed)
Effort - high (multiple reasons - posible implementation of EPMA, design & build star schema, etc.)
Benefit - drill-through to GL, centralized metadata management
Cost - moderate to low
Effort - low to achieve primary benefit, more for additional benefits
Benefit - drill-through to pretty much anywhere, simple deployment, multi-retrieve Excel based reports (centralized, formatted etc.)
Can someone speak to A3? Their website seems to say they are still in active development, the newest version supports drill-through, and I saw Zoltan posted here recently, which was an unexpected surprise.
How would _you_ provide drill-through in a smallish (< 100 users) Classic Planning shop with a few Essbase-only cubes that are also drill-through candidates?
Thanks for you consideration,
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