Roadkill at the Corner of Search and BI
A client who regularly generates large numbers of reports that "sit within a data warehouse system, run off Business Objects/Cognos against one source or another." The client envisions "something like the Amazon site that allows search, and when someone selects a report, it lists other reports, noting 'people who looked at this report also looked at... '"
Blogger Smackdown At AlwaysOn
Last night's final panel at the AlwaysOn conference in NYC, "Panel: Can Brands Get Away with 'Buzz Marketing' in the Blogosphere?", was the best session so far at this show. It was chock-full of emotion, idealism, and all the kinds of ideas you hope to see on stage at a conference.
The session was moderated by CKS Partners founder Bill Cleary and included super-bloggers Jeff Jarvis and
Mobility At AlwaysOn: If You Personalize It Will They Come?
Mobility took the stage this morning at the AlwaysOn Media conference in New York City. Panelists tried to tackle the question of the third screen: Will consumers respond to mobile ads? How can marketers capitalize on such a small space? Are cell phones too personal a space to hit with marketing messages?
The panelists agreed that a couple of factors will contibute to the success of mobile marketing. The first is the personal connection consumers have w
PTT By the Minute?!?
Correct me if I am wrong here, but wasn't the major premise of push-to-talk technology (PTT) that it would help save people (enterprises) money by allowing them to avoid using their monthly minute allotment because they were using the walkie-talkie instead? If so, AT&T's new plan to allow customers to use PTT on a per-minute basis negates the entire appeal.
Sorry, but if I have to pay by the minute to use the PTT s
JasperSoft Adds ETL Tool To BI Suite
JasperSoft, a maker of open-source business intelligence tools, unveils software for extracting data from multiple sources and loading it into a BI data warehouse
Information Builders Shows A Smarter BI Tool
The tool is just one example of how business intelligence vendors are increasingly offering more ways to make company data available to more people throughout an organization.
Gartner Insight on BI Platforms Revealed
Whenever Gartner cranks out another of its famous Magic Quadrants, we inevitably see the vendors in that prized top-right quartile cranking out press releases announcing their success. Sometimes they even purchase reprint rights to the Quadrant itself, which gives us all a peek at the outcome.
Microsoft Researcher Missing At Sea
Blog: Noted database researcher Jim Gray set out Sunday morning to do something that I have done twice, sail from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge across 27 miles of ocean to the Farallon Islands. He hasn't returned.
Real ID Act Gets 'No' Vote In Maine
State Legislature demands a repeal of the 2005 law, citing identity theft vulnerabilities for citizens and an unfair financial burden on states.
The BS in Business Intelligence
In the last year, corporate management seems to have gained a better understanding of what business intelligence (BI) means to organizations. Executives finally are realizing that information about performance and the metrics that measure it are keys to improving their bottom line. Yet even so, they have invested far less in efforts to support BI than in other areas of information technology.
And Away We SVGo!
Yesterday in NYC the Mobile Monday organization hosted a half-day seminar on scalable vector graphics (SVG). According to the fine collection of speakers the little group huddled at the Samsung Experience had the pleasure of listening to, this tiny little computer language is promising to revolutionize the mobile web experience. Some day.
The take-away message for the afternoon was: SVG is grrrrrrate!
Hello, Vista. Good-bye Tablet OS?
In case you didn't know, Microsoft's Vista operating system launches today. Though there are 80 gazillion different versions of Vista, I didn't see any of them labeled "Tablet OS". What gives, Ballmer?
In scrolling the headlines today, I noticed a small blurb from HP about a new TouchScreen PC they are working on. You can read about it here. As I was perusing the article, I thought to myself, "Hmm, is there a Tab
Avoiding Failure: The Better Part of IT Valor?
It felt confessional to explain to a friend the other day that typically my greatest value as a consultant comes from helping enterprises avoid making a big mistake. Usually the looming mistake is selecting the wrong software for their needs. That just doesn't sound as triumphant as "restored them to profitability," or "instituted a fabulously successful publishing regimen."
Three New BI-Style Tools for Investment Managers
The business intelligence movement rolls on and one of its benefactors is Wall Street. It's a good fit -- after all, what asset manager wouldn't want the most insightful views of the right data? I was recently briefed on three new or updated data analysis tools: one for analyzing the blogosphere for stock tips, one for analyzing SEC data, and one for portfolio backtesting. Here's what I found interesting.
Major Vista Facts? Please!
There's an article floating around the Internet today called "Facts About Windows Vista." In it, you'll find 4 genuine pieces of information (which are not all that exciting, by the way) about the world's most expensive operating system, following by some inane statistics on how many dopes will use it.
C'mon, Reuters. You call this news? The entirety of their article tells us this: new look, easier search, g
Is Palm Losing Its Grip on Business Customers?
With tight integration to back-end systems becoming more and more necessary, is Palm OS on the verge of extinction? As nifty as the Palm OS is to use, it seems fewer and fewer businesses take it seriously, opting instead for Microsoft-based platforms.
There was a time when I was addicted to my Treo 650. It was my first qwerty keyboard device, but more than that, it was my first smartphone. I loaded it chock full of contacts, synced it with my calendar, stuck some tunes and applications on there
"Cough! Cough!" Yes, That Was Your Smartphone Wheezing At You
Believe it or not, the first mobile viruses began appearing back in mid-June 2004. The Cabir worm and Mosquito Trojan both targeted smartphones that run the Symbian Series 60 operating system, which is the most widely used smartphone platform across the world. Others targeting Windows Mobile appeared later. Should the enterprise be concerned? Hell, yeah!
HP, Alas, Why Did Ye Stray?
That the weight of the spying scandal continues to cause small implosions and aftershocks over at HP isn't terribly surprising. What does surprise me is the lack of a battle cry from other journalists and the complete silence from HP's press team.
Simulation Part III: Activity Based Costing
Activity Based Costing is not just determining the cost of each process activity from its active labor costs, or even its total direct costs. ABC is about allocating the indirect costs, both labor -- management/supervisory, plus ancillary functions -- and fixed overhead, like plant and equipment. You can't get that from the simulation model!
Or can you?
Linking Insight to Action: The Next Big Goal
I've had a number of conversations in recent days around the theme of linking analysis to action. There's lots of frustration out there, understandably, because managers and executives increasingly have plenty of tools that spot problems -- reports, alerts, dashboards, KPIs, scorecards, etc. -- but they're not connected to levers that enable them to take action.
Will 2007 Finally Be the Year of Mobility?
IDC seems to think so. Sure, there are some hurdles that remain to be cleared, but a reasonable amount of interoperability already exists. Mobile devices themselves are finally powerful enough to handle just about anything business app we can throw at them. The real question is, when will enterprises realize this and adopt the technology that's going boost their business into the next realm?
Meet Your New Spouse: The PC
Just in time for Valentine's Day hype, a new survey claims that 65% of US consumers over the age of 18 spend more time with their computers than with their spouses or significant others. Talk about tech love.
Enterprise Search Is Not Dead
Someone tell the vendors. Two fine blog entries point out that search vendors miss the point when they reposition themselves as business intelligence or business processing suppliers. Gilbane's Lynda Moulton finds vendors attempting to "stave off their own boredom" with enterprise search. MarkLogic CEO Dave Kellogg sees search vendors as "distracted with a strategic vision."
Hey, Are You Reading this Blog While You're At Work?
A new study shows that the majority of office workers use their company's technology for personal reasons, including checking personal email and taking personal calls on their office telephone, despite express policies forbidding it. Tsk, tsk!
Cause We're All Phonies
Sprint has our number. They know we use our mobile phones as excuses to get out of awkward social situations (bad dates, family funerals, meetings), and are launching a hysterical new service to help us all be better liars.
GPS = Gosh, People are Stupid!
Is anyone else as astounded as I am with the outright idiocy of crooks, thugs and thieves? Some Babylon, NY, scofflaws found out the hard way that stealing cell phones often leads the police right to your front door.
The eye-triple-e recently took another baby step toward ratifying the 802.11n standard, which is said to be finalized by this summer. I say, "So what?"
Mind the Gaps in Decision-Making Data, Processes
A new study shows that at least 40 percent of execs aren't happy with their companies' decision-making abilities. The DecisionROI Institute launched the "Business Traction From Better Decision Action" initiative in Q2 2006 to explore the state of decision-making and come up with suggestions for best practices. Based on interviews with more than 300 executives, the institute's "Business Traction" report found that...
Mobile Messaging Madness
A new report from Aberdeen says the best companies use varied means of mobile messaging to stay in touch with their employees and their customers. Do you?
Simulation Part II: Better Resource Utilization
Continuing my recent post re simulation analysis and BPMN… In Use Case 2, the problem is process "bottlenecks." Usually static analysis gives you a rough idea of staffing requirement even without simulation. For example, if you create 100 instances an hour, and Task A takes 1 hour, you need around 100 people to perform Task A to keep up. But what if instead of creating 100 instances an hour, you are getting 800 instances overnight and your resource for Task A also is responsible for Task B
HP Christens Russian Research Lab
HP booked about $1.4 billion in sales in Russia last year, about 10% of Russia's total market for IT products. HP's sales there are growing nearly 24% a year.