Blogging for Business?
A dozen contributors at Enel now post basic information including HR policies and company news, and they use RSS features to post energy industry news summaries.
Rating The Performance Management Vendors
You want fair, objective software rankings? We've got them. In fact, we run them all the time. And our latest set of reviews, new this week, covers performance management tools.
Will A Pure-Play BI Firm Be Acquired In '06?
We've seen the big enterprise software giants buy small analytics firms, such as IBM's acquisition of Alphablox in 2004. Nothing new there. But now some people on Wall Street are asking: Is one of the pure-play BI firms ripe for the picking? At least one equity analyst thinks so.
Supercool Gadgets For The Holidays
Let's forget business intelligence for a second so I can show you something. If you love gadgetry and hate holiday shopping as much as I do, you've got to see this.
The Intelligent Road Warrior
Where reports and analytical information are usually found, the people who need them often are not. Those workers are out in the field, roaming on the road. That, in a nutshell, is the reason business intelligence for mobile devices has a big future. But the IT side has a long way to go before it can give the roaming user masses what they want.
BI: Shaping The Desktop
Seemingly basic but key BI advances such as Web delivery, portals and personalization are influencing such mainline vendors as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo in what they offer on the desktop.
Pegasystems Compliance Framework; Sigma Dynamics; ANTs Data Server 3.4
Search for Meaning
Beyond searching and hyperlinks, Web collaborations get to the heart of the matter: meaning.
Not Your Father's ODS
A conventional operational data store (ODS) always hits a wall when the goal is producing actionable information. Here's how a carefully reengineered ODS could solve a wider range of enterprise information requirements.
BI Gaps Haunt the Supply Chain
Most BI platforms and supply chain management (SCM) applications fall short in capturing and modeling the intricacies of global supply chain networks.
Mobile Era's Weakest Link: IT Support
Hip executives may boast about their real-time alert systems and anytime-access dashboards, but chances are their IT departments haven't developed a clear strategy, robust infrastructure or appropriate support for mobile computing.
Voice of Our Readers: The 2006 Strategic Management Survey
What's top of mind with Intelligent Enterprise readers? The more than 1,100 who responded to our Web Poll say inadequate security, misplaced vendor priorities, disparate systems and poor IT planning are big problems. Here's what your peers are doing to refocus spending and deliver better, more timely insight.
Today's Budget, Tomorrow's Plan
Better access to information is a leading theme in readers' 2006 IT budgets, with document management, portals, dashboards and enterprise reporting all comanding more investment. Mobile and wireless solutions and service oriented architecture top future technology adoption plans, but here's why security trumps all other trends behind the spend.
Data Quality: Getting Worse?
Last year, in our Business Intelligence Pipeline Voting Booth, we asked the readers to rate the overall quality of their data for analytical purposes: excellent, good, fair or poor. Respondents leaned toward the bad news end of the spectrum. This year asked the same question again, and it looks like things have, in fact, gotten worse.
Analysis: IT's Weak Link Is Remote and Mobile Support
Hip executives may talk up their real-time process alerts and anytime-access
business activity dashboards, but chances are their IT departments haven't
developed a clear strategy for the burgeoning mobile computing era.
Business Objects, MySQL Expand Partnership
Business Objects and MySQL have created several bundled tools for reporting and data integration for the MySQL database through MySQL Network, a set of database software and support services.
Midmarket Firm Connects With Customer Info
Many companies have found themselves with separate databases that cannot integrate vital information. One systems integrator faced just that challenge when working with mid-size semiconductor firm Brewer Sciences.
Still Don't Believe In RFID?
I've said it before. I'll say it again. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is going to slam the practice of business intelligence in the supply chain.
In Focus: Q&A with Process & Architecture Guru Jan Popkin
Jan Popkin has been a pioneer in developing technologies and setting standards for both process modeling and enterprise architecture. Chief
strategist at Telelogic, he explores the ties between business process
management (BPM) and service-oriented architecture (SOA).
Analysis: A "Green" Utility Chooses Blogging for Business
Enel North America initially took advantage of blogging software to deliver
basic intranet-type information; the dozen contributors also exploited RSS
features to post news summaries on renewable energy and the utility
Don't Buy That Web Analytics Package Just Yet
As most of us know by now, Google has decided to crash yet another party. This time it's not search, Web-based e-mail or classifieds that the Great Disrupter has decided to take on. It's Web analytics. And a lot of firms thinking of buying a new online analytics package should look into Google before making their decision.