OrderMotion Offers PivotLink BI To Online Retailers
In integrating PivotLink with its OMX product, OrderMotion adds a number of BI capabilities for its customers, including the ability to monitor sales trends for demand forecasting and to measure the lifetime value of customers.
The Myth of 360 Degree Views
We've all encountered the promise of 360-degree customer views, marketing-speak that asserts that BI solution X, CRM solution Y, or Sales Force Automation solution Z considers customer information from all angles. Yet I've never seen the "360-degree" claim fulfilled. Here's my take on 360-degree views and how they can finally becoming reality...
10 ECM Basics and Gotchas to Avoid
Explore the crucial components of enterprise content management and the 10 pitfalls that undo efforts to capture, manage, store, preserve, secure and share information.
Saving 70% Per Month In The Cloud
I need to add an FTP server to my environment, and as I sit here and struggle with how I'm going to do that and stay under my annual budget, it occurs to me that the cloud isn't a bad option anymore. The savings are pretty compelling, in fact; read on for a quick and dirty cost analysis.
Text Data Quality: Mistakes and More
I wrote recently on Text Data Quality, looking at issues that affect analytical accuracy, that "the basic text data quality issue is that humans make mistakes, and the challenge is that people's natural-language mistakes defy easy, automated detection." This topic and related non-erroneous vagaries of human language bear further exploration...
IT Owns E-Discovery
Organizations are realizing technological expertise is just as essential as sharp legal analysis when it comes to e-discovery.
Reports of Perfectly-Balanced Hardware Configurations are Greatly Exaggerated
Data warehouse appliance and software appliance vendors like to claim that they've worked out just the right hardware configuration(s), and that a single configuration is correct for a fairly broad range of workloads. But there are a lot of reasons to be dubious about that. Specific vendor evidence includes...
Can IT Help New Cancer Screening Guidelines?
New recommendations from a federal task force last week about breast cancer screenings have infuriated many cancer survivors as well as medical professional organizations, including the American Cancer Society. The guidelines were based on data analysis of the risks and benefits of mammograms for women under age 50.
Up With Virtual Grid Power
I recently wrote a column for InformationWeek Analytics that got some e-mail responses, and I thought the discussion was interesting enough to post the column and some of the comments that sparked the discussion. So here goes.
The Million-Dollar Google Maps API
The U.S. government's Apps.gov Web site provides new visibility into what federal agencies pay for cloud-based applications and commercial software, with offerings from vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Jive, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. One of the priciest products on the site: Google's Maps API, which lists for nearly a million dollars.
Interop: Cloud Computing's Portability Gotcha
There were a couple "aha" moments for me at Interop's Enterprise Cloud Summit. The first was that some companies are already storing hundreds of terabytes of data in the cloud. The second was that it can be a slow and expensive process to move that data from one service provider to another.
Obama Team Challenges Web Developers
Having rebuilt Whitehouse.gov on the open source Drupal platform, President Obama's new media team is calling on the open source community for new ideas and technology.
SAP Gets Microsoft Nod on Performance Management
SAP announced yesterday that Microsoft supports SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (formerly known as OutlookSoft) as a "preferred solution"... It makes sense that Microsoft would prefer SAP BusinessObjects' product over others in that it runs on the Microsoft platform...
Open Government: A San Francisco Treat
DataSF.org is San Francisco's major foray into open and transparent government; it is the city giving its vital data back to its citizens. We talked with the city's mayor, Gavin Newsom, several members of his technology team, led by CTO Blair Adams, and some of the early developers who have already built applications around the data. We've captured all of this in a new video documentary.
A Useful Outsider Perspective On Evil IT
Some of the best advice on being an IT executive that I ever got was from an ex-boss. Jonathan, he said, there are two types of CIOs. The first type looks into the data center, and the second looks out of the data center to interact with customers. The first type, he said, isn't nearly as useful and doesn't last nearly as long.
The Future of Content Management
From increased collaboration to business intelligence to better integration with applications, enterprise content management is evolving. Take our reader survey and let us know where you think ECM is heading.
Text Mining: The Intersection of Content & BI
Companies used to employ armies of people to read through documents such as customer satisfaction surveys, but it took longer, cost a lot more money and yielded far less detailed, reliable and consistent information than you can now quickly uncover using text mining applications.
Is the SharePoint Bubble Going to Burst?
There is plenty to be excited about in SP2010, especially if you belong to the SharePoint channel of resellers, consultants, developers, and system integrators... but I am starting to get the distinct impression that the SharePoint bubble is about to burst.
The Trouble With Movable Type 5
I've been using Movable Type as my blogging system of choice for several years now -- not just because it's open source but because it's a good program with great features. And yet the newest revision, version 5, feels like it falls far short of what could -- and needs -- to be done.
EMC and HP Battle For Laptop Backup
EMC's Avamar 5.0 and HP's DPNE bring backup with dedupe to laptops and desktops, but they each take a very different approach to backing up PCs.
Uncle Sam's $24 Million Cloud App
The U.S. government's cloud computing portal, Apps.gov, may be a breakthrough in fast, efficient, and transparent IT acquisition, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Witness the multimillion-dollar software modules available to government agencies on the site.
CEP for ETL: Next-Generation Tech for Low-Latency Data Warehousing
Complex event processing (CEP) is the next big thing in data integration. At least that's the game plan at Microsoft and Informatica. And given that IBM and Oracle also have CEP available on their technology toolbelts, there's little doubt that success will breed more adaptations of CEP for low-latency data integration.
Reporting Health IT Security Compliance Gets Easier
The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has unveiled a new program that helps streamline how healthcare organizations report to their business associates their status of compliance to security regulations such as HIPAA and others.
True BI for the Masses
BI for the Masses is overused marketing-speak meant to suggest that Vendor X's break-out Product Y is going to enable/deliver business intelligence beyond the 15%-20% of knowledge workers who currently do BI. Well, I have my own notion of BI for the Masses, and it is NOT what it's typically claimed to be. What it is is illustrated by a couple of recent New York Times data visualizations...
YouTube Steps Up High Res Videos
YouTube will increase the maximum resolution of video uploads to 1080p, to accommodate higher-resolution consumer cameras, starting this week.
Garbage In, Garbage Out In Washington
Problems abound with data about stimulus spending being reported on the federal government's stimulus-tracking Website, recovery.gov, as a cursory search for "stimulus" and "errors" on your favorite news search engine should tell you. While many of the numbers have been, quite simply, incorrectly reported by recipients, others are a symptom of greater problems in government IT.
Programmers Charged In Madoff Scheme
Two men were arrested for developing and maintaining computer programs that helped convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff cover up his operation.
Dealing With the ECM Skills Shortage
One HR professional at a major healthcare firm told me this week that enterprise content management-skilled applicants are looking for approximately 40% more in base pay than their peers with a background in CRM or ERP... My advice (unchanged over the years) is to...
Truviso Upgrades Real-Time Analytics Product
Continuous Analytics v3.2, aimed at advertising networks, Web publishers, and other digital service providers, tracks sets of Web visitors for almost any segment or dimension. The sets are continually updated as new Web log, page tag or beacon data is added to the system.
Open Source vs Commercial BI
One of the challenging aspects in evaluating open source is in assessing what is in the free community editions versus in the premium, supported editions... But even the premium editions from open source vendors are priced significantly lower than suites from conventional BI vendors.
Oracle Updates Berkeley Database
Oracle has brought out a fourth version of the Berkeley DB Java Edition database system with enhanced performance and replication.