Gartner BI Summit 2008: The Next Generation of Innovation
Decision making as core competency, emerging technologies as BI enablers and changes in the BI market itself are core topics at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago. Analyst Kurt Schlegel explains the trends and business drivers.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: Q&A With Howard Dresner
In a preview of his keynote presentation at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit, former analyst Howard Dresner talks about his new book, the convergence of BI and process management, and what it takes to get to the next level of performance management.
The 'Weekly Watch' On Content Management
With all the activity in the content management market, I thought it would be a good idea to start a weekly ritual of quick blurbs and sound bites from vendors, users, and anyone else who'd like to throw their message in the mix.
Technology Is Not the Driver of BI Adoption
I'm having trouble with the supposition that "Emerging Technologies Will Help Drive Mainstream BI Adoption"... There are only two pieces of enterprise analytical software (broadly speaking) that ever gained currency in organizations in the past two decades - Excel and Google. Wouldn't it be a good idea to understand why?
GoldenGate Upgrades Data-Quality Software
Veridata 2.0 improves on the first release, which made it easy to compare source and target data in relational tables, but had limited database support and functionality.
Who's Number One in Web Analytics?
It's a question people ask a lot in many domains, but especially in software. As such, it regularly pops up within the Web analytics community. You can rank them crudely by how many customers they have - or rather, how many they say they have...
H-1B Visa Debate Warms Up (Again)
This month, Bill Gates urged lawmakers to increase the number of H-1B (guest worker) visas and two bills were introduced in Congress seeking to raise the visa cap... As we approach April 1, the date when the US Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting H-1B applications, the controversy is reigniting yet again.
Mission-Critical Apps Continue To Descend From The Clouds
There's a lot of interesting scenarios these days around the intersection of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and content management. Thanks to companies like Google, Salesforce.com, and Amazon, cloud-based computing is no longer some mythical, business-led, revolutionary approach to accessing technology. Everyday, mission-critical applications are being neatly packaged and delivered to business users regardless of time, place, or device.
The 'Secret Sauce' of BPM Success
The business process management market is heating up, and a new report reveals that centers of excellence are the key ingredient of deployment success.
Software as a Service: Are You Prepared?
The economic environment has placed increased pressure on organizations to use their IT budgets and resources wisely... Software as a service (SaaS) alternatives could be a great opportunity to deliver business value and avoid long IT cycles... But nothing comes so easily without precautions and warnings.
Identity Systems Launches Data Quality Suite
The Information Quality Server provides a set of integrated tools that cover data quality steps in both batch-process and real-time operations. The tools are managed from a central console.
Teradata Has Acquired BI/DW Firm Claraview
Data warehousing powerhouse Teradata has acquired BI/DW solutions provider Claraview. The news is there on Claraview's Web site, "Claraview is a division of Teradata Corporation,..." but I don't have a clue why Teradata hasn't seen fit to announce the acquisition. There are a few hints of the take-over out on the Web, and an individual in a position to know told me the deal is (or was) "an open secret."
Data Modeling and the Canonical Conundrum
The definition of canonical information model only serves to highlight the confusion out there around [enterprise] [canonical] [business] [data/information/object] models... As somebody (Confucius? African proverb?) once said: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
Google Maps Now Open To Editing
Certain place markers that correspond to hospitals or local businesses that have been claimed through Google's Local Business Center cannot be altered.
New Credit Card Breach Will Test PCI
The latest exposure of more than 4 million credit and debit card numbers may strain the validity and stability of the credit card industry's controversial security rules.
The SAS-Teragram Deal's Back Story
SAS has announced their take-over of text-analytics vendor Teragram. The companies' joint press release states that "the acquisition will enhance SAS's own robust text mining and analytical BI offerings and extend them to enterprise and mobile search." Here's my take on positioning, technology, and solution considerations that likely motivated what seems like a smart move for both companies.
FatWire Quietly Serves Billions
After hearing FatWire Software brag about one of the best quarters in its history, I thought it was a good time to catch up with its CEO, Yogesh Gupta. We spoke about everything from open source to SaaS, with Gupta also highlighting some of the company's recent enterprise 2.0 moves.
Location Intelligence: Geographic Context Spurs Innovation
Location intelligence will transform call center operations, e-commerce activities, field service and sales initiatives, but new research reveals that organizations need to look beyond obvious data sources and basic functionality for business success.
Omniture's SiteCatalyst 14 Catches Up
Web Analytics vendor Omniture used its recent annual summit to announce the release of SiteCatalyst 14... Certainly the new Ajax interface jumped out as a big improvement...13.5 was getting tiresome to look at, especially when compared to Google Analytics, IndexTools, and Nedstat...
The Lighter Side of Information Democracy
It's time to take a closer look at the increasingly popular catch-phrase "Information Democracy." Some time back, I received a vendor e-mail message promising "information for all" through MDM. But deep contemplation of this important matter (interrupted only by intermittent wakefulness) led me to an astonishing revelation: Information isn't a Democracy, it's...
Fixing The Flaws Of The Web Experience
A lot of the conversations I've had lately have revolved around the notion of the user experience, or in vendor speak, the Web experience. I'm not knocking the marketing messages (OK, maybe a little) but we've been talking about the Web experience since the Web 1.0 days, without much movement.