Hyperion Offering BI For The Masses
Hyperion plans to offer next year mini desktop applications that can deliver to customer employees selected information from the vendor's business intelligence platform.
Watch Out for Oracle BPMS
Oracle has one of the most widely used BPEL tools on the market, but so far they haven't shown up in Gartner's business process management suite (BPMS) magic quadrants. That should change soon. Recall that Oracle did an OEM deal in July with IDS Scheer for the ARIS Process Design Platform. At the time I speculated this had more to do with keeping up with SAP, but that's apparently not entirely true.
Applying Semantic Web Ideals
"From the billions of documents that form the World Wide Web and the links that weave them together, computer scientists and a growing collection of start-up companies are finding new ways to mine human intelligence.
Keep An Eye On Sales Force Automation
For companies looking to extend their customer relationship management software to sales the time is right to look at sales-force automation applications, particularly from those vendors that offer SFA as a Web service. That's according to market research firm Gartner, which recently released its predictions for the SFA market.
SharePoint 2007: Ring In the New… And the Old
It seems that the world is almost slowing down a bit as Microsoft readies a final version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, the quite substantial upgrade to a nearly ubiquitous SharePoint 2003. SharePoint is many things to many people, but customers typically deploy it as a lightweight collaboration portal. With this latest version, Microsoft is trying to extend the product's reach. Microsoft has certainly broadened SharePoint functionally, but sometimes "enterprise" means depth
Mission Intelligence: Walking in a Data Wonderland
Forrester Research reports that online holiday season retail sales in the United States will hit $27 billion. Will investments in data mining, Web analytics and customer data integration tools prove their mettle?
Search in Focus: Implementing a Taxonomy
Search engines don't know the difference between reading glasses and drinking glasses, but a taxonomy puts your query in context. We outline several ways to build taxonomies, ranging from the tough but potentially more accurate approach of building from scratch to the easier but potentially compromised approach of buying a prebuilt taxonomy or using automated clustering software.
SaaS and SOA: Together Forever
If you want a flexible and scalable software-as-a-service partner, look no further than the solid pedigree of service-oriented architecture. We explore the relationship between SaaS and SOA, two emerging approaches for delivering IT functionality, applications and end-to-end business processes.
BI on Steroids Reaches the Extended Enterprise
I want you to start thinking about BI on steroids -- the innovations that will take BI to the point of becoming a must-have office tool for 110 percent of employees. These are not just the technical innovations, but also innovations in how you think about BI and view information processes. 110 percent? Am I crazy? Sometimes. Is that a typo? Nope.
Adobe Expands Its Digital Rights Software
Vendors have been hawking enterprise digital rights management software since as early as 1994, yet few have bought. Board shenanigans and intellectual property lawsuits may start to propel solutions like Adobe's, which password-protects Word, PDF, and CAD files, to the forefront. Or not.
Peak Peformance: Smart Money Is on MDM
If companies spent on Master Data Management training and technology what they now spend on chasing down and fixing data errors, they would be on their way to a longer term solution.
Open Text Wants To Be The Lifecycle Hub For Content
The enterprise content management vendor plans to discuss at its user conference this week that its library services can reduce liability by ensuring that no documents are kept longer than legally necessary.
Webmethods Moves Toward The SOA Promised Land
WebMethods is a good example of an old-time enterprise application integration vendor that's moving as fast as possible to meet the rising demand for tools to build service-oriented architectures. A form of distributed computing, SOAs make it possible to reuse applications in multiple business processes. This bit of magic is usually performed through the use of interfaces that leverage XML standards.
Stealth Layoffs and Reputation Monitoring
A growing body of search software products aims to help a company understand and manage its reputation on the general Web, among media sources and in the blogosphere. Is software the best method of securing good public opinion?