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Content tagged with Information Management posted in March 2006
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EMS Scales A Data Mountain
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Outdoor gear merchant Eastern Mountain Sports implements Web-based business intelligence to help it win retail sales.
Fujitsu Announces Controls Automation and Monitoring Solution for Compliance, Risk, and Performance Management
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Collaboration with Deloitte Consulting LLP also in the works.
Kawasaki Expands Use of Click Commerce Solution Worldwide
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
The powersports equipment manufacturer intends to increase sales of Kawasaki accessories around the world.
Cox Communications to Deploy Informiam's ClearPath with Cisco IP Contact Center Solution
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
ClearPath being deployed in conjunction with recently announced Cisco IPCC solution to allow for visibility of customer operations across 19 North American contact centers.
Oracle's BI Play
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
Oracle is pushing a new product line that it hopes will cover companies' BI needs from top to bottom.
SAS Expands Into Credit Risk, Bank Compliance Areas
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
At its annual user conference, SAS also details its expanded data integration R&D efforts.
Cognos Adds Search Technology To BI Toolset
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
The updated release of Cognos 8 also offers PowerPoint support and tighter integration with the SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal.
Three No-Cost Ways To Get Started With BPM
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
Several business process management vendors now offer free, downloadable tools that let you model processes, analyze expected performance improvement and create most, if not all, of an actual executable design.
The Skinny From Bill Gates
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Microsoft's desktop strategy is slated to take its next step forward later this year, with the release of Office 2007. Gates, now Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, talked with our sister publication InformationWeek last week and held forth on an array of topics related to corporate data and information-sharing, including a server-based version of Excel, enterprise data search and corporate blogging.
Readers: Less Faith In Database Analytics?
Commentary  |  3/22/2006  | 
A comparison of two Business Intelligence Pipeline polls indicates that readers have less confidence in database makers' ability to deliver built-in analytics than they did a year and a half ago.
Workscape Promotes Enterprise Compensation Management
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
New release brings more providers into pay for performance.
What Is Location Intelligence?
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Improve processes and performance through contextual information about location.
Making the Audit Pay
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Regulatory compliance effectiveness often brings operating efficiency.
Informatica Intensifies Focus on Data Integration
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
New technology roadmap and data quality lead focus for Informatica.
Coming Soon: Your Next ERP System
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Companies face crucial choices in enterprise software, and not just enterprise applications.
Analysis: On SOA & BPM: Q&A With Systinet's Tom Erickson
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Systinet president Tom Erickson offers seasoned views of the integration and process management market.
In Focus: Xerox Adds Sophistication to Low-Cost ECM
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Xerox's DocuShare 5.0 upgrade stays easy-to-use while debuting blog- and wiki-support functions and componentized content management capabilities.
Many Data Centers Still Have No Risk Management Plan
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
More than 75% have experienced a business disruption in the past five years, including 20% who say the disruption had a serious impact on the business, according to a recent survey of data center managers.
Step Outside the Magic Kingdom
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Conventional wisdom can crowd out innovation.
Oracle 3Q Earnings Soar On Hefty Sales Increase
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
CEO Ellison predicts that new search technology and the recently completed Siebel acquisition will further fuel Oracle's growth.
Field Report: Meineke Car Care Centers
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Meineke Car Care Centers has more than 900 locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America. Finding the best locations to attract customers is a challenge when there is intense competition for prime real estate, especially when your stores require good road access and visibility from major intersections.
Will Rich Internet Apps Catch the Bus?
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Rich Internet applications (RIA) have been the buzz in the applications development community as organizations look for ways to break out of primitive modes of Web services and applications and make better use of the power resident on the client side of most architectural implementations.
Field Report: Global Travel Exchange (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Imagine competing in a cutthroat business with ever-tightening margins but little control over your costly distribution system. That's the frustrating situation for many suppliers in the travel and tourism industry.
Readers Defend XBRL
Commentary  |  3/17/2006  | 
A story we ran this week about XBRL managed to ignite a little controversy, even before it made our newsletter.
Lockheed Martin Leads The Way For FBI Sentinel Project
News  |  3/17/2006  | 
An inspector general's report says FBI planning provides "reasonable assurance" that the new program can avoid the problems that plagued its botched Virtual Case File project.
Oracle Fights Off Clustering Software Patent Suit
News  |  3/16/2006  | 
MangoSoft brought the suit in 2002 seeking $500 million in damages.
Microsoft Adds Business Intelligence Tools To Dynamics SL Apps
News  |  3/15/2006  | 
The new BIO will tap into SQL Server Analysis Services to provide reports and scorecard performance metrics for small and midsized businesses.
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
The global market for RFID systems in the retail consumer products and goods market reached $161 million in 2005, according to Venture Development Corp., with hardware accounting for approximately 41 percent of sales.
Headsup: CIOs Make Intelligence Top Priority
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Chief information officers rank business intelligence (BI) high on their lists of technology priorities, according to a recent Gartner survey.
Governance Gauge: To Stay Compliant, Train
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
The ongoing Enron trial has highlighted one reason why companies should rethink the way they handle employee training.
SOA and BPM are Perfect Together: BEA Deal Fits Combo Trend
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
BEA System's March announcement that it had acquired business process management (BPM) vendor Fuego came as little surprise. For starters, BEA last year acquired portal vendor Plumtree, which was using Fuego's technology.
Free DBs Put SQL '05 in 'Check'
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
The latest moves and counter moves among the three major database players--IBM, Oracle and Microsoft--look like a three-way game of chess.
Can SAP Catch Up in On-Demand CRM?
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
When SAP AG announced it was unveiling an on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) option, it meant we would finally see a head-to-head battle in hosted CRM between SAP and Oracle, which purchased Siebel and its CRM OnDemand last fall. But both enterprise software behemoths are playing catch-up to
Will IBM's Big Bet on Services-Oriented Applications Pay Off?
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
IBM made an announcement in February perhaps only it could pull off -- a trumpeted launch of a new package of products and services targeting information management under the umbrella of "Information On Demand."
Loosen Up!
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Service-oriented architecture holds great promise for reducing the cost and complexity of integrating business systems. But without an enterprise service bus, SOAs may not stretch to meet scalability requirements and could hamper IT with the kind of coding and confusion that plagued early point-to-point Web services implementations. ESB also is critical to how SOAs support business process management and the whole chain of strategic objectives that endeavor to make business change less difficult
Analysis: To Stay Compliant, Train
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
What can you do to protect your organization from mistaken or intentional employee actions?
In Focus: Q&A With Open Text CEO John Shackleton
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Shackleton discusses the plan for improved profitability, which includes sticking with the company's strengths and focusing on compliance.
Amazon Launches Storage Service That Could Bring Closer Competition With Google
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
The online storage service will let developers pay only for the storage they use and tap into Amazon's Web computing infrastructure.
Letter Drop
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
Saw It Coming; OD On ODS?; 'Disservice' Hits New Lows; Clarifications and Corrections
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
Enkata 6; ILog JRules 6; MicroStrategy 8; webMethods Access; Appian Enterprise 5
Q&A: Visual Analysis Drives Sales Slam Dunk
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
Daryl Morey describes how the Boston Celtics use visual analysis to maximize ticket revenue.
BI Parts Become a Platform
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
Cognos 8 transforms separate tools into a Web-based BI platform.
Maximize IT To Optimize Performance
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
Performance management goes beyond task-specific software.
Building and Delivering BI Reports
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
Here's how to build, test and deploy standard reports for key business processes.
Location, Location, Location
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
The three principles of real estate success also apply to data. Geospatial tools combined with databases and BI software deliver "location intelligence" so you can better position branch sites and distribution centers, as well as improved logistics and planning for transportation and service delivery.
Four ESBs That Won't Cramp Your Style
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
An enterprise service bus should require minimal tech expertise and coding, yet in our lab test of eight ESBs, four products has us tied up in knots. The leaders on our shortlist excelled at mediation, transformation and orchestration.
Wikis, Blogs and Other Points of Failure
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
New information sources, such as blogs and wikis, are extremely hazardous to corporate health.
Oracle Puts On A New (Inter)face
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
The new SQL Developer interface, available for download today, offers some of the same graphical capabilities as the vendor's JDeveloper tool.
The Danger of XBRL
News  |  3/10/2006  | 
New standard could become a back door for regulating the chart of accounts.
Softscape Suite Sweetens Human Capital Management
News  |  3/10/2006  | 
Package includes advances in managing talent and HR processes.
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