What's Not BI? Don't Get Me Started...
Do you prefer the broad or the narrow definition of BI, and how should we differentiate BI and analytics? Read on for my "extended jam" on these and other FAQs about business intelligence.
Storage Checkers Vs. Chess
Checkers is a two dimensional game where all the pieces have the same ability. Its about covering space. Chess is a complex three dimensional game where all the pieces have different capabilities and there is one common target: the enemy's king. In storage some features begin to look like checkers because they have become so commonplace, but when you dig deeper you find that the capabilities of these features between vendors vary greatly.
Sentiment Analysis Feels Its Way Forward
A bit of controversy regarding sentiment analysis is playing out. A techno-skeptic blogger clique asserts that automated sentiment analysis is so inaccurate as to render automated methods worthless. Others differ with them: we like automation. Newly joining us are some of the skeptics' own kind, critics such as "Measurement Queen" K.D. Paine...
Fixing Storage Utilization Without A Refresh
In the final part of our storage utilization series we address how to improve storage utilization without refreshing the storage itself. This is, unfortunately, the most difficult way to improve storage utilization.
Seven Questions for Teradata
I'm about to attend day two of Teradata's annual third-party industry influencers meeting. I'm grateful for the opportunity to listen, to voice my opinions, and, per the agenda distributed by analyst-relations manager extraordinaire Kim Dossey, to "Ask Any Question." I'll actually aim for seven. Here they are...
VMware Plus Salesforce.com, An Unlikely Pair
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Cloud Computing Climbs Adoption S-Curve
If Cloud Computing is of more than passing interest to you -- and you're still sitting on the sidelines -- here's a series of recent happenings (and my interpretation of the S-curve) that should inspire you to move forward.
Government IT Innovators: Apply Here
Government offices may be prone to bureaucracy and inefficiency, but they're also places where technology is being used to drive new ways of working and to deliver better government services. InformationWeek is looking for examples of such tech innovation in local, state, and federal government.
What To Look For In A Primary Storage Refresh
In our last entry we covered how the potential to increase storage utilization may help justify a storage refresh. If you are in a position to refresh your primary storage platform or you think the last entry may help you do that a little sooner than normal, what should you be looking for in your next storage platform?
Wanted: A Rational Approach To Cloud Adoption
Is it just me, or does the cloud computing frenzy smack of the Internet start-up frenzy of the late 90s? I'm not saying that cloud services shouldn't be part of the portfolio of choices for organizations that are considering new IT systems - they should be. But are organizations are taking a rational approach to cloud service adoption?
Image Gallery: 12 Offshore Hot Spots For IT Outsourcing
India is still the dominant player when it comes to IT outsourcing, but other regions are gaining ground. Here's a look at some of the places, vendors, and institutions that will play a big role in globalization's next wave.
Earth Day Data Center Makeover
There's no doubt that new investments in green technology are big business. But, this Earth Day, consider making some low tech investments in your data center to save energy as well as scarce budget dollars.
My Take on BI Cost of Ownership
On reading Gartner's take on BI cost of ownership below, at first glance the numbers seemed "out of whack". But the pieces quickly fell into place... and the *real* cost began to emerge...
World Bank Posts 2000 Data Sets Online
Information on global health, business, finance, and other topics are now accessible to the public in an effort to make the institution's data more widely available.
Justifying An Early Storage Refresh
Our last entry covered ways to increase storage utilization. There are three options; live with under-utilization (easy but costly), refresh your current storage (easy but potentially expensive) or making what you have more efficient (potentially time consuming but potentially inexpensive). Most data centers have a schedule to refresh their current storage systems at some point in the future. In this ent
BI Integration Fear Factors
Don't fall prey to business intelligence fear mongering. For every vendor threat, there is a far less-threatening reality.
Facebook Drops Facebook Lite
The slimmed-down version of the social networking site provided access to just the fundamentals of the full-fledged site.
Gartner's Take on BI Cost of Ownership
The five-year cost of a typical, 500-seat BI deployment ranges from about $150,000 for an open-source system to just over $1 million for the full suite from SAP BusinessObjects, IBM Cognos or Oracle. So does this research from Gartner change your mind about the type of BI vendor you would choose?
NoSQL Needed For Cloud-Sized Data
At the Under the Radar showcase for cloud start-ups, I was struck by how relational database, one of the defining technologies of a previous era, has become outmoded in this one. In example after example, it was obvious SQL and structured data tables are no longer the right way to go about handling data.
Top 10 Meaningful Use Challenges Faced By Docs
Doctors and other eligible healthcare providers, such as dentists and nurse practitioners, who meet the federal government's upcoming meaningful use criteria for health IT could earn up to $44,000 or $63,000 each in incentives depending on the patients (Medicare or Medicaid) they treat. But meeting those criteria won't be easy. A new CSC report lists the top ten challenges healthcare providers face in cashing in on the incentives.
Increasing Storage Utilization Rates
In a recent entry by John Foley he discusses some of the pros and cons for leveraging cloud computing to increase IT efficiency in the Federal Government. One of the more startling statements is how low utilization of storage is. Of course low utilization is not the sole problem of Federal IT, the private sector has its challenges with storage utilization as well. What can be done to inc
It's Very Early in the Game for SAS Social Media Analytics
The flash and splash of last week's SAS Social Media Analytics (SMA) launch belies the apparent very early, incomplete state of the service. The dashboard interface is attractive, but the application is nonetheless narrowly focused and inflexible, an analytics silo with no out-of-the-box integration with enterprise systems.
Hitachi Takes A Swing At Cisco
Hitachi Data Systems Monday unveiled its version of a converged infrastructure. Dubbed Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), the HDS offering is a direct competitor to Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS).