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I visited the Tableau Software booth at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014 and I was quite impressed with the Tableau products (and the various data sources that can be used): Tableau for Desktop; Tableau Server; and Tableau on line which provides Business Intelligence in the cloud. I just w...
With so much versatility – not to mention so many data analytics companies – it’s understandable for businesses to feel a bit of confusion during the buying process. BI buyers need resources that better illuminate what’s happening in the market, and how to choose the correct BI softwar...
The term “Business Intelligence” and its acronym “BI” are so pervasive in today’s data-intensive lexicon that it’s a challenge to know just what to make of it. If you add in all the new trendy terminology such as business process management (BPM), data mining, data warehousing, busines...
In a recent article, CIO.com said that analytics and BI will be the top technology priorities for CIOs in 2012, based on a Gartner Inc. survey of IT executives. However, if you look back in time, reports show that BI was a top priority even then. Although we have fast-forwarded many ye...
Organizations and decision processes are changing. Business intelligence has to adapt. These dynamic, new reporting and analytical needs can be summarized in single word – Agility. Organizations and decision processes are changing. Business intelligence has to adapt. These dynamic,...
Any business needs some management solutions to get organized and stay on the floating line. Unfortunately, many organizations are forced to rely on paper trails and email-chains. These outdated methods were replaced by newer project management solutions. There are different types of ...
Bank of America appears to think that Netflix has done a good job lately - imitating Netflix customer management practices. Let's face it, Bank of America hasn't exactly been the paradigm of good decisions lately - they purchased Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, two boat ancho...
In order to perform calculations on data completely in memory, all the relevant data must reside in memory, i.e., in the computer’s RAM. So the questions are: 1) how does the data get there? and 2) how long does it stay there? Some of the items on Boris' list are just as applicable to...
Successful business intelligence (BI) solutions serve as many business users as possible. As more users use it, the more value the solution brings. However, if you’ve had any experience with BI, you must have noticed that as the number of users grow – so does the complexity (and cons...
I’ve been seeing and hearing the term ‘BI appliance’ a lot recently, and whenever I do - I find myself struggling to understand what it means. One characteristic that seems to be commonly identified with BI appliances is that they are a combination of software and hardware that form s...
The Israeli BI market, or 'the Pond', as it is referred to by the locals is a good example of how the BI market looks like in most parts of the world. A few months ago, I wrote an article about the relationships between business intelligence platform vendors and their distribution net...
Once, when Business Intelligence (BI) wasn't a multi-billion dollar industry, it was an idyllic concept which revolved around enabling an analytic approach to business decision making. That's what made me fall in love with BI over 10 years ago and what, in my view, gives the BI space i...
This article is going to help you discover some key differences between vendors based on what they share on their Websites – and what they don’t. Read between the lines while looking at BI vendor Websites to quickly figure out which business intelligence vendors are probably right for ...
Since the inception of BI and consequent entrance of OLAP technology into the space, the need for BI has been rapidly growing. Recognizing that OLAP-based solutions were (and still are) hard to introduce into a wider market, thought leaders and visionaries in the space have been since ...
The hype surrounding in-memory BI has caused BI consultants, analysts and even vendors to spew out endless articles, blog posts and white papers on the subject. However, the concept of in-memory business intelligence is not new. So why all the hype now, what are the pros and cons of di...
"IBM is bringing analytics to the masses," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software and Systems, as it was announced Monday that IBM is to acquire Netezza, Netezza is a leading provider of high-performance analytics in a data warehousing appliance. "We ...
"Cloud Locking" - Securing the unstructured content that flows through UC tools is the ideal Cloud value add service for the Unified Comms sector. A key application area for Cloud providers to consider is the UC suite (Unified Communications), referring to technologies for VoIP, 'Pres...
In December InformationWeek’s Bob Evans started a contest asking their readership to come up with a better name for “Cloud Computing”. Reason was that the CEO’s of both HP and IBM recently expressed some discontent with the current name. Something about “Cloudy not being clear enough”....
According to a Smart Enterprise Magazine CIO report, three-quarters of today's CIOs help their companies develop new products or services. Gartner Group's 2008 Worldwide Survey of CIOs, 85 percent of CIOs are now looking toward "IT to make the difference in their enterprise strategy." ...
As we enter 2010, enterprises are including more forms of diverse data into their business intelligence (BI) activities. They're also diversifying the types of analysis that they expect from these investments. These new approaches support massive data sets to produce powerful insights ...
It’s that time when we look back on one year and forward to the next. Over at the eBizQ forum Peter Schooff asked about SOA’s past and future: What Developments in SOA Are You Most Thankful For This Year? What Do You Think Will be the Biggest Trend or Development for SOA in 2010? ...
Sophisticated and advanced analytics tools that can strategically aggregate relevant data is key to the success of every business. The right solution can be challenging to find considering that we grab information from a multitude of platforms today – enterprise, web, social networks, ...
Here’s a classic from the tech press that really caught my attention recently: “In the context of software, the word “Enterprise” has now officially come to mean software that sucks. Enterprise Software hit the nadir of suckitude (sic) at the launch of “Enjoy SAP”. This is like the Am...
Terry Pratchett once wrote that “Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off”. We could make a similar comment about the financials of SaaS BI companies. As much as startups in this field would like to shake off their bad economics, reality always catches up. We’re s...
Organizations have begun extending their SOA initiatives beyond traditional enterprise boundaries to encompass third-party, geographically remote, and even cloud-based resources. As a result, the complexity associated with migrating applications across these environments (for example, ...
Henry David Thoreau once wrote: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation". Much the same can be said of the multitude of users struggling with open source reporting and analysis tools like Mondrian or Jaspersoft. The difference, of course, if that those folks happen to be prett...
Disaster strikes. Your primary place of business is destroyed by a fire tomorrow, are you prepared to recover? According to the historical statistics, fires permanently close 44 percent of the businesses that are affected. Business continuity planning is the creation and validation of ...
A long time ago I came to the conclusion that “independent industry analyst” was an oxymoron. But the willingness to sell independence for cash reached a new low with TDWI’s New SaaS Business Intelligence Portal. Please visit the link and see if there is any trace of independence left…...
I wanted to spend a little time sharing some good news with you. I am going to be Technical Evangelist for a relatively new company called GoodData. As evangelism means "bringing the Good News" to the world, this is truly a match made in Heaven for yours truly, as I will now be bringi...
So here’s the rub, if MSSP’s/ISP’s/ASP’s-cum-Cloud operators want to woo mature enterprise customers to use their services, they are leaving money on the table and not fulfilling customer needs by failing to roll out complimentary security capabilities which lessen the compliance and s...
I hope to see you at the SYS-CON sponsored GovIT Conference and Expo 6 Oct 2009. I’ll also spend time during the day attending the day thinking through everything I’ve ever written and learned about Cloud Computing and Federal IT and hope to bring that to bear in my interactions with J...
I’ve long sought to track disruptive IT on the CTOvision.com site, and have featured several firms on the CTOvision.com Disruptive IT list. A new feature on the site is the CTOvision.com Technology Titan List, where I’ll more closely track the activities of the Information Technology ...
myDIALS, a leading vendor of operational performance optimization solutions, today announced the integration of myDIALS 3.0 with the NetSuite cloud computing platform. myDIALS' Software as a Service (SaaS)-based business intelligence dashboards enable operational users to consistently ...
John Ryan Launches "Business Intelligence" Topic on Ulitzer. John Ryan launched "Business Intelligence" topic on Ulitzer, a discussion around Business Intelligence and news concerning Business Intelligence. John is an experienced leader with a strong background of defining and executin...
Often, estimates are initially made with an incomplete understanding of requirements. Estimation is done at the beginning of the lifecycle before the requirements are defined and thus the problem understood. How can you accurately estimate unless you know what the problem we intend to ...
Tim Berners-Lee has been amongst those rallying to the cause, and working with Governments here and overseas to realise the opportunities in — first — simply getting data out and — second — ensuring the structure and linkages required if Government data is to form a useful foundation u...
Visual representations of Services, as well as the composition and consumption of those Services, are becoming the key to many SOA success stories. Without a visual component you can show business users, SOA becomes abstruse; furthermore, as organizations leverage Web 2.0 principles to...
Game theory is applied mathematics enabling an evaluation of strategic decisions. Win loose or Win Win: its a choice based on our beliefs and the perceived nature of our relationships. As the networks of interdependence within and beyond communities and nations get more complex, the...
You can't well fix what you can't well measure. And so the true cost -- and benefits -- of complex and often sprawling IT portfolios too often remain a mystery, shrouded by outdated and often manual IT tracking and inventory tasks.
Service integration is crucial to the success of any SOA solutions. Traditional service integration often involve using non-standard and proprietary technologies, resulting in solutions that are expensive to develop, difficult to manage, and stubborn to adapt to the business evolvement...


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