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The BPM Journey
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Business process management is "a journey, not a destination." That's the description given by many BPM practitioners to writer Penny Lunt Crosman, author of the article "Processes Get Smart."
CA Upgrades Data Modeling Suite
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
CA says it has upgraded its AllFusion Modeling Suite with a new generalized data-modeling engine.
Is Wireless Affecting Our Health?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
All this time I've been thinking that the cause of my tiredness and quick temper is work-related stress, the side effects of living in New York City, and lack of sleep. But it's possible that the actual culprit could be my home Wi-Fi network.
Kronos Buys Workforce Analytics firm ClarityMatters
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Kronos says it has acquired ClarityMatters, a workforce analytics software maker.
MySQL Launches Community Development Site
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
MySQL AB unveils a community site for users and developers to discuss, collaborate on and share code and applications for the company's namesake open-source database.
Vignette and Lombardi Announce Software Enterprise Alliance
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The ECM and BPM vendors aim to deliver compelling business solutions to Global 2000 companies.
AIIM Conference & Expo Adds Information Management
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Addition of information technology exhibitors and new conference content aims to give attendees full spectrum.
Xinjiang Telecom Implements Teradata Warehouse for its Business Analysis System
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
First phase of centralized data platform deployed, improving data quality for business decision-making and marketing re-engineering.
Days Numbered For AssetMetrix's Windows Reporting
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Unbiased information on IT products is often hard to come by, so it's sad to see what looks like the end of AssetMetrix. Microsoft has agreed to buy the Canadian hardware and software asset management vendor, which is known for its detailed reports on Windows penetration in the workplace. Under its new owner, it's unlikely those reports would continue, given that they haven't always been helpful to the Redmond, Wash., software
Pentaho Joins MySQL Partner Program
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Business intelligence vendor Pentaho Corp. formalizes its relationship with MySQL AB by joining its partner program.
Microsoft Gets Closer To Hyperion BI
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
The high-tech industry is no stranger to cooperation among competitors. Among the latest example is the latest partnership between Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions. Despite plans to acquire business intelligence vendor ProClarity, Microsoft is teaming up with Hyperion to integrate its System 9 BI+ suite with Microsoft's SQL Server 2006 reporting, analysis and integration services.
Microsoft, Hyperion Partner In BI
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions say they plan to integrate their business intelligence products in order to provide customers with a broader offering of complementary software.
Information Builders Expands BI To 'Power Users' And Business Processes
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
The vendor hosts more than 1,200 customers at the Summit users conference.
JasperSoft Rolling Out BI Suite
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
JasperSoft has released the roadmap for several modules that will eventually comprise its business intelligence software suite. The newest component is the JasperServer, a Java-based tool for customizing reports for any department within a company that needs financial and sales information.
Cognos Unveils Performance Software For Bank Branches
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
Cognos Inc. on Monday launched analytical software to help retail banks measure the performance of branches.
Analysis: Next-Generation Imaging Beats Data Entry
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
Document imaging has witnessed some fairly sweeping advances in recent years.
In Focus: The Top-Five Myths About SOA
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
Five experienced executives weight in on the top myths surrounding service-oriented architecture.
SAP, Microsoft Adding Pressure To BI Market
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Developing products that deliver business intelligence to as many corporate workers as possible is the trend in the industry. The idea is to get valuable business metrics to the people who need them, while also upping the number of users, which means fatter licensing deals for vendors.
CA Offers Free Database Management Console
News  |  4/21/2006  | 
Database Command Center is split off from Unicenter and supports Oracle, Ingres, and IBM DB2 databases.
Microsoft Making SAP Stronger Against Oracle
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Microsoft continues to lend a helping hand to SAP, as the battle grows fiercer between the German software maker and Oracle. In releasing Service Pack 1 this week for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft drew a bit closer to SAP by adding to the database Reporting Services that work better with SAP's NetWeaver Business Intelligence, a data store for SAP's business applications.
Office Interactive, Inc. Launches Free, Integrated, Online Collaboration Suite
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
The Web-based application is designed for individuals and small teams.
Intentia Unveils Plans for Third Generation of Movex with Focus on Business Agility for the Mid-Market
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
Movex3 to give companies access to SOA benefits and a user experience designed to unlock more value from ERP.
ERP-Link and Quantrix Partner to Deliver Business Intelligence Solution that Revolutionizes ERP Data Capture and Use
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
Combination of tools to enable businesses to use their ERP data for "what if" financial modeling at a fraction of traditional ETL pricing.
Microsoft Pushes SQL Server Toward Continuous Hot Availability
News  |  4/19/2006  | 
The company also forges closer ties to SAP with Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2005.
Taking BI To The Masses
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Cognos acknowledges business intelligence apps haven't been very useful for the corporate rank and file. With user interfaces built for business analysts, BI software has been less than user friendly for most workers. In fact, only about one in five corporate employees use the software, according to the Canadian software maker.
Dole Divisions License IRI Analytics
News  |  4/19/2006  | 
Two divisions of Dole Food Co. Inc. have licensed Information Resources Inc.'s advanced analytics for the consumer packaged goods industry, IRI says.
Data Scanning And Capture Tools Aid In Productivity, Study Shows
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Nearly three in four companies using tools for scanning and capturing data from documents do so to increase productivity and efficiency, an industry trade group says.
Can Oracle Be Trusted With Business Intelligence?
Commentary  |  4/18/2006  | 
Oracle's business intelligence strategy appears to be coming together. The database giant says it plans to take recently acquired Siebel Business Analytics and make it the foundation for its BI products, which will include integration between Oracle Discoverer and the Siebel Analytic Server. Delivery of the combination is set for the first quarter of 2007.
SAP Announces New Version of Supply Chain Applications
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
mySAP SCM 5.0 gains ground on best-of-breed vendors.
Oracle Renews Commitment to Business Intelligence
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Integration of Oracle and Siebel BI products to begin.
IRI Brings Next Generation of Analytics for CPG
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Sleepy CPG industry has new solutions to advance towards performance management.
Informatica Addresses Master Data Management
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Data integration vendor takes step to integrate with MDM.
Financial Performance Management Leadership Topics for the CFO
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Here's our annual list for 2006.
Greetings From San Francisco
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
Today is my first day at the helm of Business Intelligence Pipeline, so I figured it's a good time for us to get acquainted. My name is Antone Gonsalves and I previously ran InternetWeek, another site within CMP Media's TechWeb online group. Other hats I've worn within CMP include working as a staff writer for InformationWeek Online and the magazine. I live in San Francisco, where I've covered business technology for the last 10 years.
Analysis: BPM Vendors Tap AJAX to Put Process in Context
News  |  4/17/2006  | 
Pegasystems and Appian are using AJAX to deliver personalized and process-relevant dynamic interfaces.
In Focus: Is "Process-Oriented Application" an Oxymoron?
News  |  4/17/2006  | 
Not seeing a contradiction in terms, a growing number of BPM vendors are talking about process-oriented applications.
Wireless E-Mail Patent: What Did NTP Know And When Did It Know It?
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
More evidence surfaced this past weekend suggesting that NTP, which last month received a $612.5 million patent-infringement settlement from BlackBerry provider Research In Motion, should never have been granted its wireless E-mail patents. The idea of wireless E-mail dates back to 1982, when it popped into the mind of high-school dropout Geoff Goodfellow, a one-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur. That's two decades before NTP won its first legal battle against RIM.
Will Solve The Mobile Apps Challenge?
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
Nowadays extending a business application to a mobile device is like putting together a huge puzzle. Each time you think you're getting close to completion, you're either missing a critical piece or you just can't make the different pieces fit. But it looks like things are finally starting to change. Take's acquisition of Sendia this week as an example. The two c
Consumer Packaged Goods Needs Performance Management
News  |  4/14/2006  | 
Advances in technology and use of information have had limited impact.
Business Events Brings Responsiveness to Marketing and Sales
News  |  4/14/2006  | 
Intelligent notification service alerts organizations.
SAP Enters On-Demand CRM Market
News  |  4/14/2006  | 
Industry heavyweight gets behind new service model for CRM.
Trillium Upgrades Data Quality Management Software
News  |  4/13/2006  | 
TS Quality Version 10 offers new ease-of-use capabilities designed for business users who are increasingly involved in data quality efforts.
Orlando Regional Healthcare Chooses MedeFinance Self-Pay Analytics
News  |  4/13/2006  | 
Dedication to financial analytics technology results in substantial ROI.
SealedMedia Version 5.0 Aims to Simplify Enterprise DRM
News  |  4/13/2006  | 
New version provides enhanced control and management of e-mail and digital content.
Cognos Signs OEM Agreement with Lombardi Software to Embed BPM Capabilities in Analytic Applications
News  |  4/13/2006  | 
Companies share vision for integrating BI and BPM for corporate transformation.
Web App Hack Incidents Are Up As Businesses Take Cover
News  |  4/12/2006  | 
The trend is especially troublesome for financial services companies trying to expand online banking and investing.
Dashboard: Chipping Away at Privacy? The 'Spy Chips' Debate
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
As debates about surveillance and wiretapping swirl around, it's no surprise that these tiny radio frequency-emitting computer chips have have become a a flash point for heightened privacy concerns.
Mission Intelligence: Let The Cycle Be Unbroken
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
How IT adjusts to continuous improvement cycles.
Feature: The Eighth Annual Editors' Choice Awards
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Join us for our annual take on 'The Dozen' most influential vendors driving the intelligent enterprise. Plus, we also laud 48 'Companies to Watch' in categories including business intelligence and enterprise applications.
Dashboard: Web 2.0's Effect on Business Intelligence
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Web 2.0 is a murky term whose definition even its creators can't articulate. But aspects of Web 2.0 are having an impact on business intelligence that will prove to be profound in a few years.
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