SAS' Answer to Pervasive BI: Microsoft Outlook
I recently attended the SAS BI User Connect Conference to learn about new product capabilities. One of the improvements I was most excited about is a new version of the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office that offers tight integration with Outlook... SAS appears to be ahead of the market in leveraging Outlook as a way of making BI more pervasive...
Sociable BI: Could 'Tableau' Become a Verb?
Tableau visual data-analysis software embodies sociable BI, business intelligence that prizes accessibility, ease-of-use, and power, with a strong measure of collaboration and sharing, per Tableau Software's "Business Analytics For All" tag line. Does that mean that "Soon we'll say that we 'tableau' data the way we now say we 'google' for information"?
Six Definitions of Smart Content
Smart Content is information, typically originating in "unstructured" formats, that is findable, reusable, more profitable for the producer, and more useful for the consumer. While technology facilitates smart content, it is business value -- not analytics, semantics, or XML storage -- that is central to industry experts' definitions, and to mine...
Pentagon Reopens Child Porn Investigation
We now learn that the Department of Defense, after seeming to come clean on an internal child-porn investigation, was withholding more than it was sharing. It's now time for the Pentagon to deal with this problem with openness and determination.
Giving Patients Meaningful Health Data
Healthcare providers aren't the only ones trying to achieve meaningful use of health IT. Patients are also increasingly looking to use electronic tools meaningfully for managing and tracking their own healthcare.
Thoughts on IBM Buying Netezza
As you've probably read, IBM and Netezza announced a deal Monday for IBM to buy Netezza. Naturally, I have some quick thoughts, which I've broken up into sections on "clearing underbrush," speculation about what IBM/Netezza will do, speculation about alternative acquirers, and speculation about what IBM/Netezza competitors will do.
SAP's New Analytic Apps
Much of what SAP has historically delivered has focused only on data stored in the SAP systems and then using SAP front-end technologies, whether the BW warehouse or Visual Composer, for example. The solutions announced last week take advantage of the BusinessObjects tools, Explorer, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius.
Google Data, Statistics, and the Semanticized Web
I imagine that Google employs many hundreds of data scientists, folks whose job is to study and turn to good use the huge masses of data the search-advertising-application services giant, and its users, generate. Each document indexed, each search, each ad served, each service call creates data. This data is used to create a better Google: easier to use, faster, more accurate, effective, and functional, and yes, more profitable. Google Instant, out a couple of weeks ago, is a latest initiative
Enterprise Wi-Fi Survey
I'm working on a followup to my last State of Wi-Fi report, which garnered huge response. A lot has happened: This time last year, the IEEE promoted 802.11n to an official standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance quickly followed by declaring any 802.11n DRAFT 2.0 devices as "n CERTIFIED." But has any of that changed your plans for displacing copper to the desktop with a WLAN?
15 Budget Busting Technology Projects
Large-scale information technology projects can balloon to inconceivable figures very quickly with endless revisions, change orders and delays pushing budgets into the stratosphere. Sometimes the cost of an IT project can be measured simply in dollars, but just as often these projects costly in other ways -- in reputation, for example. With government projects, it's easy to look at the budget and see how much it costs -- or at least how much it's supposed to cost. In the private sector, it's not
Mobile App Downloads Rising
Social networking, music, texting, and web browsing are also gaining among cell phone subscribers, finds ComScore.
Top 15 Data Visualization Tips
This image gallery offers best-practice examples, advice, free resources and insight from experts on the best of data and information visualization.
OnStar Tests Facebook Connectivity
In-car technology branching out from safety to entertainment and information with voice-based social media, texting, and other services.
Microsoft Wins California By Default
When the State of California put a revamp of its 200,000-user email system up for bid, it seemed like another opportunity for Google to grab territory that has typically been owned by Microsoft. Then Google saw the requirements, and cried foul.
Semantics and Analytics Unlock Value in Social and Online Content
Facebook, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, and Twitter -- social media -- are almost incidental, replaceable tomorrow if another platform proves more attractive, powerful, and agile. It's content that is king, especially "smart content" that allows producers and consumers alike to find the greatest value in online and enterprise content.
Using Virtualization for "Smart Multi-Tenancy"
The old debate on single- vs. multi-tenancy for SaaS solutions has become really interesting, the game changer being virtualization...
Who's right? Of course, there are two sides to every argument.