No Such Thing As A Stupid Question
What's that term they use to describe a question that's put forward clearly and simply? Oh yes, I just remembered: "in plain English." Wouldn't it be cool to make database queries in plain English? Well, it looks like you may be able to.
The Open-Source Majority
So if you're a BI practitioner who doesn't trust open-source software applications for your intelligence work, here's something you should know: You're in the minority.
To Build A Survey
Research scripting technology helps an addictions institute take some of the sting out of building up survey data.
Little White Lies
Let's be honest. Customers who think carefully don't make sales guys' lives any easier. But customers who fail to think carefully don't make their own lives any easier. What's true in the used car trade happens to be true in the data warehouse trade as well. And that's what one of our stories this week is all about.
Q2 Sales, Profits Up For Cognos
Cognos reports growth in both sales and earnings compared with the same period last year, but the firm's guidance for the coming quarter comes up short of analysts' estimates.
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
Cognos last week announced Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, what the company calls a "single product, single architecture." But does this claim ring true?
2005 Readers' Choice Awards
Are Microsoft tools popular simply because users haven't been exposed to anything else? New questions qualify the results of our annual survey on preferred suppliers. Adobe, Business Objects, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAS, SAP and, of course, Microsoft are among the winners in 39 categories.
Watson 2.0; Savvion Process Asset Manager; webMethods for Compliance; Oracle Application Server Standard Edition One; ContactNet 4.0
Spreadsheet Creep; Desperately Seeking Standards; Data in the Breach; Consider the Source
TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
TNT Logistics is using RFID to improve service to a big-three auto manufacturer without incurring ongoing tag costs.
Homeland Security Can't Wait
Business process management technology has been selected to speed certifications for an "Approved Product List for Homeland Security."
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
Due in November, Cognos 8 consolidates formerly separate products, including PowerPlay, Visualizer, Metrics Manager and NoticeCast, into the services-oriented architecture underlying ReportNet, the Web-based reporting environment Cognos introduced two years ago.
Content: The Other Half of the Integration Problem
Counting file systems, e-mail servers and disparate repositories, unstructured information is all over the place. Content integration consolidates search, access and management control, but which approach is best for your enterprise?
Start Making Sense: Get From Data To Semantic Integration
Current integration methods including ETL, EAI and EII can't deliver on the goal of creating a single view of the truth. In fact, composite apps and service-based architectures will only underscore the limitations of current practices. Semantic integration promises a richer understanding of metadata and clearer context, but to embrace this emerging approach, we'll have to revise some cherished data warehousing concepts.
Where's the CPM?
Quick on the heels of Cognos' new release of Cognos 8, some people -- or some Cognos competitors, anyway -- are asking: What happened to corporate performance management?
Kicking Off The Simplification Race
If you're a business intelligence vendor that wants to take command of the midmarket, then you've got to be first to deliver a widely accepted BI platform that is, above all else, easy to use and deploy. The starting gun in that race fired this week.
Cognos this week debuted an intelligence package that replaces five separate Cognos products with a single product built on a services-based architecture. T
Business Objects To Beef Up Salesforce.com Analytics
BusinessObjects XI will extend the reporting capabilities already provided by Salesforce.com so that customers of the CRM application can better mine both data in that system and from other sources such as ERP tools.
Business Objects Names New CEO
John Schwarz joins Business Objects from Symantec, where he held the title of president and was responsible the IT security product maker's six lines of business.
Useful Bells, Worthwhile Whistles
Texturally detailed, workstation-based graphics interfaces have been used for years by design engineers and scientists. But as Rick Whiting writes in one of our Editor's Picks this week, "...using computer graphics to model something tangible like airflow over an airplane wing is one thing. Adapting that technology to create interactive visual representations of less tangible data, such as terrorist activity or stock-trade patterns, has taken longer."
Waking Up To Threats
I've already written about how data security breaches threaten the future of customer intelligence. I was pleased to learn from our latest poll that I'm not alone in the sentiment.