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Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in September 2005
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No Such Thing As A Stupid Question
Commentary  |  9/29/2005  | 
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.
Field Report: Avnet, Phoenix
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
Streamlining the bid process brings huge scalablity gains.
Field Report: York International, York, Pa.
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
One small migration project got ugly. Now York's gearing up for two giant integration initiatives.
The Open-Source Majority
Commentary  |  9/28/2005  | 
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.
Review: Document Scanning Meets the Mac
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
There just aren't many scanners with auto document feeders that are compatible with Macs, but Fujitsu has just added the ScanSnap to the list.
In Focus: Process Management Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
Cognos says its new platform, Cognos 8, will help users of BPM systems from EMC, FileNet, IBM and Savvion to monitor, invoke and modify processes with the aid of event management functionality.
To Build A Survey
News  |  9/24/2005  | 
Research scripting technology helps an addictions institute take some of the sting out of building up survey data.
Use of SAP's Transaction Manager Supports Compliance Efforts
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Increased automation offers a path to sustainable compliance. Rolls Out a Platform
News  |  9/22/2005  | is more a development environment than an application.
Oracle Gobbles Up Siebel
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Planned CRM acquisition creates opportunities, poses new challenges.
Enkata Enhances Contact and Operational Performance
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Version 5 applications deliver front and back office operational effectiveness.
Geac Updates Compliance Management
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Latest release offers a way to automate and achieve compliance efficiency.
Benefiting from Making Strategy Mandatory
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Using the company requirement for fuller disclosure as a catalyst.
Automation at the Expense of Customer Satisfaction
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Customer contact processes are technology-heavy, but companies lack best practices.
Actuate Rolls Out Reporting Suite Enhancements
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
New graphical development tool and scripting capabilities extend ease of use and flexibility.
Little White Lies
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
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
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
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
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Cognos last week announced Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, what the company calls a "single product, single architecture." But does this claim ring true?
Visual Detraction
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
FYI Visual's promise may exceed its grasp.
2005 Readers' Choice Awards
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
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.
The Active Data Warehouse
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Stephen Brobst, CTO of NCR's Teradata division explains why you need an active data warehouse.
Customer Data Integration Gains Prominence as Vendor Ranks Thin Out
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Some say it's no longer a question of whether you should deploy a CDI solution, but which approach you should follow.
In a Big Year for BI, Microsoft Ups The Price/Performance Ante
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Yukon's imminent release (set for November 7) feels unreal even though Microsoft released several preview versions of the server for free download in the past year.
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Watson 2.0; Savvion Process Asset Manager; webMethods for Compliance; Oracle Application Server Standard Edition One; ContactNet 4.0
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Semantics take us from ones and zeros to understanding.
Integrating Enterprise Information: Myth or Reality?
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
EII: Unproven technology or critical to enterprise goals?
Letter Drop
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Spreadsheet Creep; Desperately Seeking Standards; Data in the Breach; Consider the Source
Get Started With Data Mining Now
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Are you missing valuable data mining opportunities?
This Just In: Customers Hate Their Software Vendors
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
There's no love lost between software vendors and customers.
TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
TNT Logistics is using RFID to improve service to a big-three auto manufacturer without incurring ongoing tag costs.
Homeland Security Can't Wait
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Business process management technology has been selected to speed certifications for an "Approved Product List for Homeland Security."
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
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
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
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
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
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.
Simulation Helps Wachovia Test Twice, Develop Apps Once
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
Simulation Helps Wachovia Test Twice, Develop Apps Once
In Focus: ARMA Releases Go on the Record
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
ARMA is helping hurricane recovery efforts by sharing information designed to help organizations recover business records and information.
Where's the CPM?
Commentary  |  9/17/2005  | 
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?
Siebel CRM OnDemand Release 9 Adds Lotus Notes Integration, More
News  |  9/15/2005  | 
New release also adds branding customization, and contact OnDemand integration with Siebel on premise solutions.
CRM on the Go for
News  |  9/15/2005  | 
Wireless CRM application allows customers to access their CRM data via handheld devices.
Salesboom Aims to 'Rescue' Siebel Customers
News  |  9/15/2005  | 
Hosted CRM rival claims Siebel OnDemand is a 'sinking ship,' and offers a 'life raft.'
Kicking Off The Simplification Race
Commentary  |  9/15/2005  | 
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 Analytics
News  |  9/13/2005  | 
BusinessObjects XI will extend the reporting capabilities already provided by 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
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
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.
Medical Claims Outsourcer Gets a Process-Management Boost
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
Gtess tapps BPM vendor Fuego to help it revamp existing applications and launch new services.
In Focus: Web Content Management as ECM Accessory
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
From Hummingbird's acquisition of Red Dot to FileNet's new version of Web Content Manager, it appears WCM is back in vogue again. So what gives?
Stellent Universal Content Management to Provide Norfolk County Citizens with Information Online
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
Stellent-powered platform provides a scalable solution for Norfolk's escalating content.
United Teachers Los Angeles Chooses Mimosa NearPoint Solution for Its Next-Generation Recovery & Archiving Capabilities
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
Solution also offered an easy way to perform e-mail content auditing while maintaining employees' privacy.
DriveSavers Offers Discounted Data Recovery for Hurricane Katrina Victims
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
The company is reducing its service fees by one third and waiving its typical $200 attempt fee. The discount will remain in affect until November 30th 2005.
Useful Bells, Worthwhile Whistles
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
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.
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