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Content tagged with Information Management posted in July 2006
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Put to the Test: Pegasystems' BPM Suite Combines Process and Rules
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Deploying SmartBPM Suite 5.1 can be challenging, but the reward is a powerful model-driven approach that manages the complete process environment.
In Focus: Q&A With Rodney Masney, SAP User Champion
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
SAP users: Does your ERP system need an SOA/BPM twist? User group champion Rodney Masney says "yes."
Sun Plus Greenplum Produces Instant Data Warehouse
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Sun in effect has found a vertical application for its "Thumper" server by teaming it with a data warehousing package.
Where's BI Heading?
Commentary  |  7/27/2006  | 
In its most recent analysis of the business intelligence market, International Data Corp. sees vendors through 2020 focused on automating more decision processes, and on expanding BI's reach to more people inside and outside an organization.
Pentaho Woos Excel Users to Open Source BI
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Pentaho Spreadsheet Services lets business users access OLAP data using Microsoft Excel PivotTables.
Oil States Industries Improves Supply Chain Management and Operational Visibility with Glovia
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Leading manufacturer for the oil and gas industry migrates to current product release to take advantage of the more robust system and additional capabilities.
3i Infotech's ORION to Streamline Warehouse Operations at Master Cutlery
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Major knife supplier selects 3i Infotech's ORION Enterprise and ORION WMS to manage and control supply chain.
Canon Virginia Cuts Shipment Processing Time Nearly in Half with Kewill Flagship
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Kewill Flagship integrates with Oracle ERP to eliminate redundant data entry and streamline order-to-delivery process.
Oracle Beefs Up Data Warehouse Technology
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
The company moved core data transformation functions to its Oracle 10g database and expanded the range of applications from which it can extract information.
IBM Changes Its Server Software Pricing For The Dual-Core Era
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
Per-processor pricing isn't going to cut it as companies adopt multicore systems and virtualization.
U.S. Coast Guard Wins Technology Leadership Award
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Commercial, off-the-shelf software improves mission readiness, will save lives.
Syndera Enhances Its Technology
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Company improves product's performance and ease of use.
Coral8 Makes Market Push
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Company aims to be Crystal Reports of event processing.
Hyperion Steps Up in BI Market
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Vendor known for financial apps turns to IT.
Business Objects Announces Second-Quarter Results
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Lower license revenue indicates commoditization of query and reporting.
Cognos Announces Planning Applications for Manufacturers
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
New blueprints could change the market for operational performance planning.
Maxager Technology Announces Release 7
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Enterprise profit optimization software uses velocity concept to maximize ROA.
Analysis: Seven Signs You Need a Web Site Redesign
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Site design experts Best Web Site Services offer tips and tricks.
In Focus: Midsize Firms Drive Web Content Management Growth
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
The biggest benefit of Joslin Diabetes Center's recent adoption of WCM has been eliminating delays in getting new content and updates online.
Is Hyperion Shopping?
Commentary  |  7/20/2006  | 
Some pure-play business intelligence vendors appear to be in a daze these days, as the battlefield gets crowded. Instead of remaining focused on building defenses against an eventual full-scale assault on the market by Goliaths Microsoft and Oracle, vendors Hyperion, Cognos and Business Objects have had to deal with self-inflicted wounds.
Pentaho's Open Source BI Suite Achieves Record Downloads
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
55,000 downloads in June support claim to be world's most popular open source BI suite.
SAS Targets Financial Services Industry
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
New regional office in Charlotte, NC, is strategically positioned to increase market share.
Emergency Medical Associates Simplifies Access to Trusted Information With BusinessObjects
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
Medical management company migrates to BusinessObjects XI Release 2 and extends the power of business intelligence to more users.
Letters: Pod Revolution; Performance Measurement
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Seth Grimes contends that Joshua Greenbaum claims "The Revolution Will Not Be Podcast." That's a catchy phrase, but it's also demonstrably dead wrong.
Dashboard: Lucent Converts To ITIL
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Lucent recently dedicated 200 full-time staffers to building their ITIL architecture within an 11 month time span.
Dashboard: Retailers Prove Adept at BI, But Not in Real Time
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Although retailers already see the benefits of enterprisewide BI, they readily admit they have more work to do to improve data quality and step up their use of advanced analytics.
Dashboard: IBM Marches with Penguins
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
With IBM's release of a Lotus Notes client for Linux desktops, the Linux community is hopeful that the OS still has the chops to become a more credible desktop option.
Dashboard: Lionsgate's Hit Is Predictable Performance
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Despite the fickle nature of the entertainment industry, movie studio Lionsgate has found success in predicting accurate revenue and profitability thanks to performance management software.
Dashboard: EMC/RSA Deal Targets Content and Data Security
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
EMC's purchase of RSA Security furthers the company's ongoing strategic metamorphosis into a one-stop shop for enterprise information and content management.
Peak Performance: Can Microsoft Make BI Stand Still?
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Microsoft's announcement of PerformancePoint Server 2007 could signal major changes to the business intelligence landscape. But the Redmond giant has many challenges and realizations to face if it wants to gain a solid grasp in the BI market.
Mission Intelligence: Governance: It Takes Two to Tango
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Governance is about the IT and business sides of the house coming together to change behavior and produce more efficient--and more satisfying--project lifecycles.
Field Report: Insurance House, Marietta, Ga.
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
In 2004, already 10 months into a major IT project to Web-enable its AS/400 systems, Insurance House faced the ultimate question: Should it stay the course?
IT Governance: Round Em Up!
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
The move toward IT governance has become a veritable stampede in recent years. But to seize the initiative, IT execs must implement best practices and saddle up with the right mix of technologies and approaches.
Dashboard: Get Ready for MiFID
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
A new European regulation coming out next year is said to make Sarbanes Oxley look tame.
Put to the Test: Tableau 2.0
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
In a world of "dancing bear" software, this upgrade delivers new filters and animations without adding awkward steps to Tableau's elegant data visualization tool.
Analysis: Progress on Performance: Q&A With Cognos' Renee Lorton
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
Lorton's strategic, enterprisewide approach to performance management combines good performance management, good reporting and good business intelligence.
In Focus: Lionsgate's Biggest Hit? Predictable Performance in Volatile Film Industry
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
With the aid of performance management software, independent film boutique Lionsgate has made forecasting business results predictable.
The Drive to Structured IT Management
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
IT management is at a crossroads as dramatic as the advent of distributed computing. Innovations in discovery and the striking rise of the configuration management database will help integrate and rationalize disparate and overlapping investments in IT tools. Check your progress toward an evolved strategy.
ShortList: Profit Optimization; Data Quality
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
In this edition, we look at Maxager 7's profit performance analysis solution. Plus, new products from Hyperion, Fujitsu, Cast Iron and others.
Kimball University: Integration for Real People
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
These step-by-step guidelines will help dimension managers and users drill across disparate databases.
Spotfire Targets Business Users With New Visual Analysis Tool
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
With Spotfire DXP, the vendor offers business users the kind of advanced data visualization capabilities it provides for scientific and technical applications.
Mobile Users To Access BI Data
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
Q4bis and Webalo have formed a strategic alliance to provide mobile connectivity for the Q4bis Business Intelligence Suite, allowing users to view BI reports and retrievals on mobile devices.
Q&A: Renee Lorton: Plot Your Progress Toward Performance
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
Renee Lorton ran three product lines at PeopleSoft before joining Cognos early this year as a senior vice president and general manager. She shares her perspective on taking a strategic, enterprise approach to performance management.
Application Insight: Why I Hate Web 2.0
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
Hidden beneath all the new stuff collecting under the Web 2.0 umbrella is a simple fact: All that coolness exists to do an even better and more invasive job of marketing goods and services to Web users.
Two Ways to Win at Process Improvement
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
Business process management suites cover all the bases, but you can score big savings with process analysis and activity monitoring alone.
Are You Using Spreadsheets As BI?
Commentary  |  7/14/2006  | 
If you could peer into the very heart of your operation and learn where you are most- and least - profitable, it's obvious that you'd learn a lot. But figuring out just what makes your business a success, and where you need to turn up the volume, takes at least a little bit of time (often it takes more...) and a commitment to seeing the task through. That's where many businesses fall short. In fact, it's probably one area that separates the businesses that are eeking out a profit from the ones
In Focus: Content and BPM Vendors Swim Among the "Whales"
News  |  7/10/2006  | 
Independent vendors in the content management and business process management (BPM) arena are darting in new directions as giants such as IBM and Microsoft swim into their markets.
Analysis: Texas Utility Finds a BPM Silver Lining in SOA
News  |  7/10/2006  | 
Austin Energy isn't using a business process management suite, but it is realizing business process improvements as part of its enterprisewide service-oriented architecture initiative.
Cracking The Customer Code
Commentary  |  7/10/2006  | 
One of the most difficult tasks for any business to master is predicting trends. If you could only read the customer's mind, your inventory would fly off the shelf and you'd have a few extra bucks in your pocket. Focus groups can help provide insight, but they can be expensive and time-consuming, and the results can be suspect (group size is small and if the members aren't highly screened you may not get a quality sample). A new tool that could prove useful in the arsenal for cracking the custom
Bell Industries Inks CRM Deal
News  |  7/7/2006  | 
Bell Industries' Technology Solutions division will begin providing large scale integrated CRM solutions for a major broadband phone organization.
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