Also key is whether the BI product uses SQL or a SQL-like query language to interact with the Hadoop data, whether it can access NoSQL database management systems such as Hbase and Cassandra and whether it can explore HDFS data without a data model.
"You really need to peel a few layers of the onion before you can confirm that your BI vendor REALLY integrates with Hadoop," Evelson wrote.
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