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Intelligent Document Integration Automates Insurance Policy Forms for Big Cost Savings
News  |  3/31/2005  | 
Field Report: Farmers Home Mutual, Bloomington, Minn.
Spring's Integration Rites
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
The integration marketplace heated up a little more in the last week. Is Web analytics next?
Application Landscaping
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Enterprise applications have a new visual front-end.
Information Builders Announces WebFocus 7
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Integration of iWay technology tightens BI suite and targets operational BI.
Business Objects Touts 128-bit Encryption
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
An important benefit has surfaced, but is it a significant differentiator?
Alaska Airlines Charts Its BI Course
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
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
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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.
An Affordable Escape From Spreadsheet Hell
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Adaptive Planning is a new performance management ASP that can rescue a business from the mayhem of Excel-based planning models.
Open-Source Thinking Taps a Rich Vein
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Open-source thinking helps Goldcorp mine a rich vein -- literally.
Where the Neon Lights Are Bright
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Bringing real time to center stage involves more than faster processes and more software. Business and IT have to be completely in sync.
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Attensity Workstation; Versata 6; Hyperion Applications Suite 4; AfterMail 3.0; Sarbanes-Oxley Readiness Toolkit
Letter Drop
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Long Live .Net Remoting!
Enhancing the User Experience
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
MicroStrategy 8 adds user appeal to an IT favorite.
It's Not Just Semantics
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Welcome to the millennium: endless clones, swarming nanobots and black-mail for beginners.
Keyword-Driven Testing: Content Reuse in App Development
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
If you've spent any time around software QA, you've probably heard of data-driven software test automation, but how about "keyword-driven testing"?
Manufacturers Seek Salvation From BI-Powered IT Solutions
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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?
Inside the Firewall: Will Bigger Encryption Keys Keep Your BI Data Safe From Harm?
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
With a solid firewall, you may think your sensitive data is safe, but have you prepared for an attack from within? "Significant numbers of attacks are now coming from inside the firewall," says Yankee Group analyst Jim Slaby.
BI Hiring Heats Up as Strategic Projects Hit Front Burner
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
It's a good time to be in business intelligence.
Headsup: Vendors, Heal Thine Own Performance
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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.
Keep Up With Streaming Data
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Technology proven in stock trading can tap the details in the flood of streaming data coming your way.
In Focus: Why Search Trumps Management
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
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?
Review: Go From Paperwork to PDF With the Greatest of Ease
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
The ScanSnap fi-511EOX2 combines many features that make scanning far less difficult than a back flip.
Oracle Expanding Identity-Management Capabilities With Oblix Acquisition
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Identity-management software sales are growing 25% per year, Oracle executive says.
Informatica Enters EII Pact With Composite Software
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
The development and OEM deal adds enterprise information integration capabilities to Informatica's chief software platform.
SunGard To Be Acquired By Private-Equity Firms
News  |  3/28/2005  | 
But plans to spin off the company's backup-and-recovery services business are halted.
An Old Celko Puzzle
Commentary  |  3/25/2005  | 
If you go over to, 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.
New Support-Center Tool Detects Emotion In Voice Of Disgruntled Callers
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Software automatically alerts supervisors when customers voice frustration about company's goods and services.
BI Tools Power Utility Giant's Rise
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
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.
De-Fragmenting Data
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
Hey, I have an idea. Let's rename March 'Data Integration Month.'
FCG Completes Implementation of Organon’s Electronic Document Management System
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
FCG's FirstDoc R&D solution will ensure regulatory compliance and create a secure document repository for users in the US, Japan, and the Netherlands.
Implementation of SAP NetWeaver Expands IDS Scheer’s Global SME Presence
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
IDS Scheer Canada has expanded its relationship with Mold-Masters.
Business Objects Gets eXtreme
News  |  3/23/2005  | 
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.
Improving Query Performance for Data Warehouses
News  |  3/23/2005  | 
IT thinks it’s important, but can’t quantify the value.
Dell Pushes Four-Way Servers For Data Centers
News  |  3/23/2005  | 
The company says its new four-way PowerEdge servers offer a performance increase of nearly a third without an increase in cost.
Oracle 3Q Sales Up, But Earnings Are Down
News  |  3/22/2005  | 
Charges associated with PeopleSoft acquisition take their toll on the bottom line.
In Focus: EMC Claims the Lead in 'Unified' Architecture
News  |  3/22/2005  | 
When EMC announced the release of Documentum 5.3 yesterday, the company put its stake in the ground and claimed to offer the most unified enterprise content management (ECM) suite available.
Analysis: Simple Workflow Begets Better HR, IT and SOX Compliance
News  |  3/22/2005  | 
Trucking company Cardinal Logistics is using Web-based workflow to automate IT requests, equipment purchasing and, next up, Sarbanes-Oxley-compliant financial reporting.
Informatica Joins Grid Computing Group
News  |  3/21/2005  | 
Informatica's server-grid capabilities in its PowerCenter Advanced Edition are designed to optimize and distribute workflow across multiple networked CPU nodes.
Build a Business and IT Foundation for BI
News  |  3/17/2005  | 
Align people, processes and systems for business intelligence.
Syndera: Driving Intelligence in Operational Performance Management
News  |  3/17/2005  | 
Bringing the performance management value of BI and process management to operational intelligence
Reportive: Solution for Sales Performance Management
News  |  3/17/2005  | 
The new Reportive 2005 release focuses on improving sales effectiveness.
Adopting Sales Performance Management
News  |  3/17/2005  | 
A new approach for increasing sales effectiveness
The Integration Shuffle
Commentary  |  3/17/2005  | 
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.
Computer Associates Simplifies Business Process Management
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
The release of CleverPath Aion r10 introduces new opportunity at CA.
In Focus: 'The O'Kelly Factor' on Microsoft, Groove and Collaboration
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
Who better to talk to about Microsoft's acquisition of Groove Networks, announced last week, than Peter O'Kelly, senior analyst with Burton Group's application platform strategies service?
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