If you've not heard of Gemini yet you're in for a treat. I found these videos on youtube yesterday of the Gemini demo from the BI conference last year that you can view below.
Gemini is a new part of the MS BI stack that is an add-in for Excel that allows power-users the ability to essentially create their own cubes using virtually any data they can get their hands on.
Being the MS BI geek that I am, this opens up all sorts of new opportunities for prototyping solutions and enabling the business to build their own BI applications.
The key here, that I see, is that these solutions are not managed by IT. So, as soon as one of these Gemini cubes becomes business critical, it will need to be built using formal BI methods and tools so that the proper support procedures can be implemented. This is what scares me :-S
I can foresee smaller businesses that are resistant to change, or are scared of the term “Data Warehouse” from prior failed projects, that would want to implement Gemini solutions as business critical applications. Simply because it's cheaper to implement in the short term, ignoring the lack of sustainability that a more traditional BI solution yeilds.
Enough rambling for now, watch the videos and let me know what you think…