Alaska Airlines Charts Its BI Course
The airline's use of a business intelligence instrument panel powered by Siebel boosts the software firm's new claim that it's a legitimate player in the BI market.
Predictive Analytics: March Madness Style
Two university professors used predictive analytics to predict "at-large" NCAA basketball tournament invitees with 94 percent accuracy this year, and they're developing ways to predict actual game winners.
Where the Neon Lights Are Bright
Bringing real time to center stage involves more than faster processes and more software. Business and IT have to be completely in sync.
Attensity Workstation; Versata 6; Hyperion Applications Suite 4; AfterMail 3.0; Sarbanes-Oxley Readiness Toolkit
It's Not Just Semantics
The Worldwide Web Consortium's Eric Miller says the Semantic Web is the enterprise's best hope for sustainable data interoperability.
Intelligent Documents: The Missing Link to Customers
Conventional integration technologies have missed a big problem: difficulty communicating with customers. Dynamic, interactive forms are an emerging option for self-service, offering built-in business rules, data validations, personalized help and audio synchronization with back-end systems.
Ask Dr. Data
Welcome to the millennium: endless clones, swarming nanobots and black-mail for beginners.
Manufacturers Seek Salvation From BI-Powered IT Solutions
Manufacturers face increased energy costs while the "China factor" is pushing down the prices their products can fetch. The result is that razor-thin profit margins are narrowing. Still, this downtrodden industry sent 35,000 people to the recent National Manufacturing Week trade show. Why?
Headsup: Vendors, Heal Thine Own Performance
Business performance management customers aren't ecstatic about their software vendors. That's the conclusion of an annual user satisfaction survey recently released by vendor-unaffiliated consultancy BPM Partners.
Governance Gauge: Only You Can Model Your Content
Mandates for periodic reports containing certain elements of information, proscribed report presentation formats and requirements for archiving and on-demand retrieval create needs best answered by content modeling.
Prime Time for Real Time
Companies that get to market first and respond to customers fastest win. But the same old time-consuming software development approach won't deliver the real-time dream. Here's why process management is key to speedy customer service and turn-on-a-dime product and service delivery.
In Focus: Why Search Trumps Management
You've no doubt heard the estimate that 80 percent of information in the enterprise is unstructured. But have you also heard that only 5 to 10 percent of that unstructured information is managed?
An Old Celko Puzzle
If you go over to http://www.dbdebunk.com/page/page/666711.htm, you will find a letter to the editor from someone named PV about an old column of mine. Here is the jist of it:
Back in June of 1996, Jack Wells submitted this SQL problem to my SQL FOR SMARTIES column.
BI Tools Power Utility Giant's Rise
As the Dutch energy market deregulates, Eneco Energie finds BI indispensable for attracting customers suddenly armed with the power to choose their own utility providers.
Business Objects Gets eXtreme
Fast-growing and increasingly profitable BI vendors are filling out and integrating their product lines according to how they see the markets evolving over the next few years, and eXtreme Insight is no exception.
Informatica Joins Grid Computing Group
Informatica's server-grid capabilities in its PowerCenter Advanced Edition are designed to optimize and distribute workflow across multiple networked CPU nodes.
The Integration Shuffle
IBM bought itself a ready-made basket of goodies designed for taking care of data warehouses. Next we'll see what the rest of the data integration market decides to do about it.