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Gartner Lee Models The Future
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Forced to build forecasts far more complex than Excel can handle, an environmental-consulting firm foregoes more advanced BI tools and puts its faith in a startup modeling specialist.
Open-Source BI Stretches Beyond Reporting
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Can open-source software crack into the lucrative but ultra-competitive business intelligence marketplace by offering packages that include more than a reporting tool?
Two (Database) Runs, No Errors
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
New database error-checking software from GoldenGate is undergoing trials at the Montefiore Medical Center.
Slow And Steady Won't Win Basel II Race
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
The majority of banks still are designing or building their Basel II solutions, according to a recent study of top-tier banks in Europe and North America.
Understanding Customers' Many Tongues
Commentary  |  8/30/2005  | 
Suppose you're a multi-billion dollar distributor with millions of parts in your catalog, but your customers send in quote requests in myriad formats, including XML files, spreadsheets, delimited lists and Word files. That's exactly the situation at electronics giant Avenet, which is using something called "semantics integration" to intelligently decipher the abstract communication coming from its buyers.
Michigan Health Agency Employs Data Analytics
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Michigan's leading health and human services agency is using business intelligence to combat fraud and ease data access for front-line employees.
Semantic Integration: Making Sense of Information at Avnet
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
Beyond enterprise information integration and enterprise content integration is semantic integration, an emerging category that deciphers the contextual meaning of the seemingly disparate information all around us.
In Focus: Best-of-Breed Prevails at Farmers Insurance
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
Surely everyone who's shopping content management software must know by now that enterprise content management (ECM) suites are aimed at handling all facets of unstructured information management. Yet many companies still pick and choose vendors for specific applications, seemingly oblivious to the claimed advantages of vendor consolidation and "leveraging a single, unified platform."
The Great Ease-Of-Use Barrier
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
Everybody in the business intelligence field knows how data quality problems can scuttle even the simplest BI deployments. But a recent study points to an even bigger challenge plaguing the adoption of business intelligence tools: ease-of-use. A survey from our sister publication InformationWeek found that ease-of-use issues now comprise the single biggest barrier to BI projects, according to 300 study respondents who work in business intelligence. Employees' struggles with BI tools pose greate
SAS Raises the Bar on Data and Text Mining
News  |  8/25/2005  | 
Enhancements shipping this fall will improve predictive analytics.
SchemaLogic Introduces Vignette Taxonomy Integrator Adapter
News  |  8/25/2005  | 
New adapter allows users to develop and manage Vignette categories and classification hierarchies within SchemaLogic's SchemaServer application.
Lloyd's Of London Moves To Operational Reporting
News  |  8/25/2005  | 
The venerable specialist insurance market uses business intelligence to ensure timely transactions on behalf of its customers.
Actuate Brews Java Reporting Solution
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
Open source reporting project is a bold move.
Business Objects for Finance
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
Acquisition nudges strategy toward the finance silo.
QlikTech Releases Version 7
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
Leading with usability and analytic scalability with 64-bit processing.
Rapid Deployment Complements RapidResponse
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
Kinaxis' new deployment services to accelerate customer benefit.
Readers Sound Off On Linux
Commentary  |  8/23/2005  | 
Though more and more packaged BI vendors have announced support for Linux in their reporting tools this year, readers of Business Intelligence Pipeline say they still see databases as Linux's sweet spot in the BI world.
Case Study: TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
News  |  8/22/2005  | 
Think of radio frequency identification (RFID) as barcode technology without the hassle of getting a good read with an optical scanner. Because RFID tags can be detected and read automatically as they pass through loading docks, and distribution centers and into stores, the technology promises dramatic time and labor savings--most particularly through reductions in paperwork. Shipping, receiving, warehousing and stocking information can be updated automatically, and records of billing, transfer
In Focus: Sizing Up Content Migration vs. Integration
News  |  8/22/2005  | 
So you say you've settled on an enterprisewide standard for content management. What's next? The typical enterprise has at least three to five legacy content management systems and 40 percent have six or more repositories, according to Forrester Research. Do you move all that content into the new centralized repository? Not likely.
Business Technology: If You Get Hacked, Are You A Victim Or A Culprit?
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Why do many companies not report cyberattacks, Bob Evans asks? Why does FBI Director Mueller say it's time to cut back on highly intimidating raids of companies that have been hacked? Why is some legislation having the exact opposite effect of what was intended?
netCustomer Launches Third-Party Support Services for Siebel CRM Customers
News  |  8/18/2005  | 
Services are planned to be generally available later this year.
Hyperion Essbase 7X Now Available on 64-bit Itanium Architecture
News  |  8/18/2005  | 
Combination aims to deliver unparalleled scalability and performance on HP Integrity servers.
Data Breaches Threaten Customer Intelligence
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
Data that can't be gathered, can't be analyzed. And that's why business intelligence pros should start paying attention to the parade of data that's marching out of supposedly secure servers at organizations of every size and stripe. According to findings from personalization software maker ChoiceStream, 63 percent of consumers in a recent survey say they fear for the security of the personal data they provide to Web sites.
Amazon's Mixes Maps And Images
News  |  8/16/2005  | 
Trying to play serious catch-up with name players in the online search market,'s search subsidiary today unwrapped an online map service with a strong focus on images.
Hyperion BI Goes 64-Bit
News  |  8/16/2005  | 
Hyperion and other BI vendors hope to offer the ability to handle larger data volumes and more complex and numerous analytical tools through 64-bit processing.
Asset-Management Firms Face Growing Operational Risk Demands
News  |  8/15/2005  | 
Survey finds more financial-services companies are implementing risk-management systems in response to new regulations.
Process Management Speeds a Homeland Security Review
News  |  8/15/2005  | 
If you want to meet the challenge of global terrorism, you can't respond at the speed of bureaucracy. That's why business process management (BPM) technology is being tapped for the fight against terror. Built on Web protocols and services-based architecture, BPM is designed to keep processes running smoothly while also letting business users make changes without requiring costly and time-consuming software development.
BPM Beyond IT
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Everyone defines categories of technology differently -- from vendors and analysts to journalists and users. Here at Business Intelligence Pipeline, we consider business process management (BPM), if not a subset of BI, then at least a very close cousin. The automation of business processes inherently involves data aggregation, analysis and reporting. That's the reason we bring tips and news on BPM along with more traditional analysis, data warehousing and the like. My note to you this week focu
In Focus: What's Hot and What's Not in ECM, Part 2
News  |  8/12/2005  | 
A few weeks ago, I shared my insights on what's selling in the world of content management as reflected in the financial results of leading enterprise content management vendors. Numbers have since trickled in on Hummingbird, Mobius and Stellent for the quarter ended June 30, so here's another look at what's hot and what's not.
QSM Study Examines the Best and Worst of Software Development Projects
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
The best are, indeed, faster and cheaper.
TDWI's Business Intelligence Report: Integrated Suites Gaining Popularity
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
Most organizations still purchase best-of-breed products from multiple vendors.
FBI Extends Use of Business-Intelligence Software
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
Also issues requests for proposals to build the Sentinel information-management system.
When Centralized Makes Sense
News  |  8/9/2005  | 
Mario Queiroz, VP of content & product data management at HP, explores enterprise content strategy.
Business Objects Launches Flagship BI Platform On Linux
News  |  8/9/2005  | 
Open source continues to make inroads among business intelligence tools as Business Objects debuts BusinessObjects XI and Crystal Reports Server XI on Linux.
Snap 'Em Up
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
Welcome back to the binge. Oracle and IBM both announced acquisitions last week that will have a major impact on their ability to deliver more of the data that business intelligence experts want. Both database giants, it seems, are working hard to provide wider swathes of information. As they should. And as they will continue to do.
Closing in on Fraudsters by Closing the Loop
News  |  8/5/2005  | 
Stolen and cloned payment cards already cost the financial industry on the order of $2 billion per year, and the bad guys are getting smarter.
Field Report: Beyond Quick-and-Dirty RFID
News  |  8/4/2005  | 
The maker of Schwinn, Mongoose and other well-known brands of bicycles, Pacific Cycle has deployed RFID in an outbound logistics scenario. The move was driven by Wal-Mart mandates, but executives at the company hoped for benefits, including improved warehouse process flows, reduced inventory and better information from retail stores.
Field Report: Flying High With BI
News  |  8/4/2005  | 
As companies look to extend BI applications to business users, it's important to add intuitive, graphical interfaces that let users better visualize the result of data analysis. Sun National Bank, a $3 billion regional player, has embraced the trend toward visualization to better compete against larger banks.
Quest Software Releases New End User Performance Management Solution
News  |  8/4/2005  | 
Product aims to pinpoint the source of application performance issues.
Study: Linux Network Security Higher than Other Platforms
News  |  8/4/2005  | 
Recent SANS report reveals that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Subscribers are less susceptible to critical Internet security holes. Moves Reports To Data Warehouse
News  |  8/3/2005  | 
Faced with rapid growth, is building a data warehouse for operational reporting to reduce the strain on its transactional systems.
Business Rules Meet the Business User
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
Does Blaze Advisor make it too easy for users to change rules apps?
Good Can Be Better Than Perfect
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
Good BI is better than perfect BI.
Dust Off Your 'Shelfware'
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
There's new hope we'll tap the process know-how trapped in Visio.
Letter Drop
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
Pegasystems Clarification
Beware the Objection Removers
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
Is that sales pitch flying in the face of conventional wisdom? Start asking questions now.
Location, Location, Location
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
Spatial data from global positioning and imaging systems is fueling new location intelligence apps.
Beyond Quick-and-Dirty RFID
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
Mandates from the likes of Wal-Mart, Target and the Department of Defense have led to crude, slap-and-ship deployments of radio frequency identification technology.
Data Law: Misdirected or Misdirection?
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
A federal data breach notification law is probably a bad idea, but not for all the reasons put forth in debates over legislation currently being considered by the U.S. Congress.
How to Put the BI in 64 Bits?
News  |  8/2/2005  | 
The more an analytic tool can hold in virtual memory, the larger its data sets, such as OLAP cubes, can be -- and the faster it can perform.
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