In Focus: Our Top-15 Stories of 2006
Practical advice once again trumps trend stories and news analysis in Intelligent Enterprise reader appeal. Check out some of our most insightful stories of 2006.
Software as a Service Meets Business Intelligence
Hosted systems can expand access to analytic information. But Ventana Research recommends evaluating SaaS models for particular business needs and to determine how they can work together with internally deployed BI applications.
Goals and Resolutions for 2007
The promise of a fresh start, a new leaf, new projects, and maybe, just maybe, not repeating the mistakes and bad habits of the previous year is appealing, isn't it? We asked readers and industry luminaries what they plan/hope to do differently and predict will happen in the coming year. Here are some of their answers.
U.K. Scales Back National Identity Plan
Still, efforts toward a national ID system have not been scrapped completely, and the British government also is still considering requiring foreign nationals to register biometric data.
Atlanta Licenses Cognos BI
The City of Atlanta has licensed Cognos's business intelligence platform as the software foundation of its citywide performance management initiative.
NetSuite Launches Online Employee Self-Service Center
Online software provider NetSuite has launched an employee resource management service that the company says reduces costs and boosts productivity by enabling workers to perform project-related chores, and access human resource-related documents.
Sweet Suite Integration: BI Vendors Get it Together
Here's another sure-fire way to make BI an everyday office tool: standardize on a BI suite that has all the goodies (OLAP, reporting, query, dashboards) optimized for your different user groups yet reduces the cost of ownership. A fair few nay sayers grumble that the latest BI suites are a not at all integrated. Not true! The latest releases are miles ahead of previously disparate products. Here are just a few examples:
Access Vs. Delivery: Two Views of Content Security
James Governer has prompted an important discussion on his popular blog regarding enterprise content management (ECM) and Security. The architect views security as stopping bad guys from getting in (the Firewall Syndrome). The document management view casts security as assigning permissions (the ACL syndrome). They're two sides of the same coin, but they're quite different.
Nike Bares Its Sole
New combination of running shoes with Apple iPod leaves joggers open to electronic surveillance
Enterprise Search Poised For A Shake Up
People often say you can't beat free, and IBM and Yahoo are hoping that will hold true in search. The two companies have released a potentially market-shaking product called IBM Omnifind Yahoo Edition that provides basic search functions for Intranets and Web sites, relying on Yahoo for Internet search.
SOA for Business Intelligence Isn’t Well Understood
Ventana Research explains how building a service-oriented architecture for business intelligence depends on understanding what a complete infrastructure for SOA is, and how to properly evaluate technical solutions for BI services.
Fun Facts from the 2007 Census Report
The latest U.S. Census report came out today, giving data analysts and market analysts plenty of government-generated statistics and predictions about how Americans will behave in 2007 (the report is actually based on 2005 data, but how much could we have changed in the past year?). Generally speaking, we're continuing to watch a lot of TV, use the Web for many things and get fat. And millions of Americans are blogging.
Three Ways BI and BPM Will Work Together
You've heard about operational business intelligence. The idea is to liberate BI from the gurus in the ivory tower and share it with business users so everyone can make smart decisions. Well, you can't get more operational than core business processes, so there has been a lot of talk about the combination of BI and business process management (BPM).
Will these two systems become one, or are they merely complementary? I'd say the latter. Here are three ways BI and BPM will work together.
Imperva Expands in Europe
Imperva announced the appointment of Jonathan Mepsted, formerly with Fortinet and NetScreen, as managing director for EMEA
Phishing's growing at a phenomenal rate, and the net effect is a king-sized drag on business
Not Everybody's Sold on WiMax
Nortel, Intel and SprintNextel are betting the house on WiMax, but not everyone is a convert. Cisco, for one, seems wary.
Dashboard: Whither Content Management?
What's the latest direction of the enterprise content management market? That was the question mulled over during a keynote session at November's Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies.
Dashboard: Office, OpenOffice Ready To Talk
Novell, which recently launched a partnership with Microsoft, said it's working with the software maker and others to develop bidirectional translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between the two suites.
Dashboard: Vendors Jump on e-Discovery Bandwagon
The courts just got tougher on companies that don't have their informational houses in order. And software vendors large and small are scrambling to demonstrate how their products will help companies accomplish just that.
Mission Intelligence: Reader Resolutions for the New Year
We asked our readers to list their most important IT goals for 2007. Although security takes the lead again, improved stability and better productivity are also concerns. One reader summed up his goals concisely: "Simplify, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY!"
Readers' Choice Awards
Value, reliability and broad applicability. These are the hallmarks of our subscribers' annual pick of preferred vendors. Check out the winners and runners-up in 37 categories.
Seven Trends for 2007
Kicking off the new year, we're going for seven trends that represent the kind of moving and shaking in business and IT that will have repercussions beyond just the next release. Forget the little stuff--we're talking tectonic shifts.
Symantec Files Suit
Symantec announced that it has filed suit against a large network of distributors selling counterfeit Symantec software
Cogneto Provides Guidelines
Cogneto issued recommendations to help institutions understand what is required from the requirements in the FFIEC guidelines
HP Agrees To Acquire Services Company Knightsbridge
Hewlett-Packard agrees to acquire Knightsbridge Solutions Holding Corp., an IT services company specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing and data integration. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In Focus: "Whither Content Management Technologies?"
With FileNet, Stellent and Hummingbird all recently acquired, the market is splitting into platform and solutions camps. Meanwhile, the front-burner issues for users continue to be usability and content delivery.
IBM To Offer Data Governance Consulting
The offering helps companies evaluate their data governance practices and then recommends improvements to address regulatory compliance, audits, and lifecycle management.
Visa Vows $20M for PCI Incentives
Visa USA will offer $20 million in financial incentives and create new sanctions in an effort to further merchant compliance with the PCI DSS
SEC Votes for Simplification
The SEC voted to propose for public comment interpretive guidance for management to improve Sarbanes-Oxley 404 implementation
Intalio Boosts Open Source Modeling, BPM
Business process management system vendor Intalio late last month announced the donation of a BPMN modeling tool and a "BPEL4People-based" workflow framework to the open source community. The BPMN modeler is now available under the Eclipse Public License, while the Tempo framework is available under the Apache Software License. Both of these donations are important, but in different ways. Here's why.
Q&A: Amtrak's SOA Offers Better Connections
Amtrak runs on legacy mainframes. To get up to date and serve multiple distribution channels without ripping and replacing, the railroad has embarked on integration and services-oriented architecture initiatives. Thomas Krotchko, director, Web architecture, explains why it's now easier to integrate, change apps and forge partnerships.