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Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in April 2006
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Processes Get Smart
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
The key to designing smarter processes is measuring and analyzing process results to spot improvements. Bring processes to the next level by blending business activity monitoring and BI with BPM. Such combined approaches are paying off at Great Clips, TransUnion and DHL.
Put to the Test: ShortList
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
In this edition we spotlight the latest version of Virtual Iron's server virtualization solution. We also take a look at EMC Archive Services, Stellent Universal Records Management, Xerox DocuShare 5.0 and Abrevity FileData Classifier.
Put to the Test: BusinessObjects XI Makes It Easy and Tempting to Upgrade
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
XI Release 2 supports legacy reports while improving Web-based functionality, easing administration and expediting migration from older deployments.
Dashboard: BI Software Is Suddenly Everywhere
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
All this BI activity adds up to more choice and possibly more confusion for customers, who will have to sift through the marketing hype to decide where to turn for needed tools.
Dashboard: Governance Gauge: There's No 'I' In ITIL
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
ITIL is in the midst of an update.
Dashboard: Briefs
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
In this edition: Microsoft's lesser known BI effort; Endeca rolls out a new search platform; and a solution sends paper sales orders into SAP.
Dashboard: Oracle Speaks -- But Can It Lead In Business Intelligence?
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Is it realistic to think Oracle could sweep in and take over the market from Business Objects, Hyperion and other BI leaders? Many in the industry believe the answer is, "not yet."
Dashboard: Cognos' Promising Search Debut
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Search capabilities built into the latest version of Cognos 8 Business Intelligence earn the vendor a unique place in the burgeoning crossroads of analytics and data search -- as well as some tough competition.
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