Where's BI Heading?
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.
Is Hyperion Shopping?
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.
Dashboard: IBM Marches with Penguins
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.
Peak Performance: Can Microsoft Make BI Stand Still?
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.
IT Governance: Round Em Up!
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.
Put to the Test: Tableau 2.0
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.
The Drive to Structured IT Management
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.
Mobile Users To Access BI Data
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
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
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.
Are You Using Spreadsheets As BI?
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
Cracking The Customer Code
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
Bell Industries' Technology Solutions division will begin providing large scale integrated CRM solutions for a major broadband phone organization.