The BPM Journey
Business process management is "a journey, not a destination." That's the description given by many BPM practitioners to writer Penny Lunt Crosman, author of the article "Processes Get Smart."
MySQL Launches Community Development Site
MySQL AB unveils a community site for users and developers to discuss, collaborate on and share code and applications for the company's namesake open-source database.
Days Numbered For AssetMetrix's Windows Reporting
Unbiased information on IT products is often hard to come by, so it's sad to see what looks like the end of AssetMetrix. Microsoft has agreed to buy the Canadian hardware and software asset management vendor, which is known for its detailed reports on Windows penetration in the workplace. Under its new owner, it's unlikely those reports would continue, given that they haven't always been helpful to the Redmond, Wash., software
Microsoft Gets Closer To Hyperion BI
The high-tech industry is no stranger to cooperation among competitors. Among the latest example is the latest partnership between Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions. Despite plans to acquire business intelligence vendor ProClarity, Microsoft is teaming up with Hyperion to integrate its System 9 BI+ suite with Microsoft's SQL Server 2006 reporting, analysis and integration services.
JasperSoft Rolling Out BI Suite
JasperSoft has released the roadmap for several modules that will eventually comprise its business intelligence software suite. The newest component is the JasperServer, a Java-based tool for customizing reports for any department within a company that needs financial and sales information.
SAP, Microsoft Adding Pressure To BI Market
Developing products that deliver business intelligence to as many corporate workers as possible is the trend in the industry. The idea is to get valuable business metrics to the people who need them, while also upping the number of users, which means fatter licensing deals for vendors.
Microsoft Making SAP Stronger Against Oracle
Microsoft continues to lend a helping hand to SAP, as the battle grows fiercer between the German software maker and Oracle. In releasing Service Pack 1 this week for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft drew a bit closer to SAP by adding to the database Reporting Services that work better with SAP's NetWeaver Business Intelligence, a data store for SAP's business applications.
Taking BI To The Masses
Cognos acknowledges business intelligence apps haven't been very useful for the corporate rank and file. With user interfaces built for business analysts, BI software has been less than user friendly for most workers. In fact, only about one in five corporate employees use the software, according to the Canadian software maker.
Dole Divisions License IRI Analytics
Two divisions of Dole Food Co. Inc. have licensed Information Resources Inc.'s advanced analytics for the consumer packaged goods industry, IRI says.
Can Oracle Be Trusted With Business Intelligence?
Oracle's business intelligence strategy appears to be coming together. The database giant says it plans to take recently acquired Siebel Business Analytics and make it the foundation for its BI products, which will include integration between Oracle Discoverer and the Siebel Analytic Server. Delivery of the combination is set for the first quarter of 2007.
Greetings From San Francisco
Today is my first day at the helm of Business Intelligence Pipeline, so I figured it's a good time for us to get acquainted. My name is Antone Gonsalves and I previously ran InternetWeek, another site within CMP Media's TechWeb online group. Other hats I've worn within CMP include working as a staff writer for InformationWeek Online and the magazine. I live in San Francisco, where I've covered business technology for the last 10 years.
Feature: The Eighth Annual Editors' Choice Awards
Join us for our annual take on 'The Dozen' most influential vendors driving the intelligent enterprise. Plus, we also laud 48 'Companies to Watch' in categories including business intelligence and enterprise applications.
Processes Get Smart
The key to designing smarter processes is measuring and analyzing process results to spot improvements. Bring processes to the next level by blending business activity monitoring and BI with BPM. Such combined approaches are paying off at Great Clips, TransUnion and DHL.
Put to the Test: ShortList
In this edition we spotlight the latest version of Virtual Iron's server virtualization solution. We also take a look at EMC Archive Services, Stellent Universal Records Management, Xerox DocuShare 5.0 and Abrevity FileData Classifier.
In this edition: Microsoft's lesser known BI effort; Endeca rolls out a new search platform; and a solution sends paper sales orders into SAP.