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Executive Editor, InformationWeek
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Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of Transform Magazine, and Executive Editor at DM News. He has covered IT and data-driven marketing for more than 15 years.
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posted in February 2008

Did Poor Data Governance Spark the Subprime Crisis?

2/28/2008
The subprime lending crisis offer fresh evidence that we're in the bear-skins-and-stone-knives era of understanding risk and making good decisions based on data. That's one of the key points I heard yesterday at an IBM Data Governance Council meeting in New York... Current technologies are limited by a lack of best practices and standards and by the sheer scale and complexity of enterprises and financial markets...

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Predictive Analytics 101: The Limits of Intuition

2/20/2008
In a TDWI Executive Summit presentation entitled "The Yin and Yang of Implementing Predictive Analytics," Matt Schwartz of Corporate Express presented the "Yin," exploring the office supply company's 18-month foray into prediction. He asked attendees, "when people order a stapler on CorporateExpress.com, what else is going to be in their shopping cart?" The answer might surprise you.

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TDWI Insight: Guiding BI From the Top

2/19/2008
To develop effective business intelligence programs, lead with organization, not technology. That was the advice from keynote speaker Tracy Austin here at the TDWI World Conference and Executive Summit here in Las Vegas this week. Austin is the former CIO of Mandalay Resort Group and former VP of IT at Harrah's Entertainment, one of the most celebrated BI-driven enterprises in the world. Here are Austin's 10 principles for guiding "BI From the Top:"

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TDWI Keynote: Larry English Takes on the Status Quo

2/17/2008
Organizations that aren't managing information as a resource are wasting as much as half their IT budgets "moving data from database A to database B." This troubling perspective, from expert Larry English, kicked off this week's TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas. Here's the keynoter's advice on the right approach.

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Business Objects' Stealthy XI 3.0 Announcement

2/13/2008
What's now called "Business Objects, an SAP company" yesterday announced a major new BusinessObjects XI 3.0 platform, but I, for one, had zero advanced notice. Judging by the dearth of coverage until today, other journalists were in much the same position. And this is an announcement that deserves a bit of time to digest! Here's what's in store...

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Gartner 2008 BI Magic Quadrant Plays it Safe

2/5/2008
Gartner late last week issued its 2008 Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms in which it placed five companies roughly on a par in the prized upper-right quadrant: Business Objects, Cognos, Oracle, SAS and Microsoft. As you'll see when you download the report, none of the top five seem to stand out; you could draw a straight line from SAS, on the "Completeness of Vision" axis, to Microsoft on the "Ability to Execute" axis and touch all five vendors.

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Q&A: Cognos' Rob Ashe on Performance Management, Aligning With IBM

2/4/2008
Now that IBM's acquisition of Cognos is a done deal, Cognos' top executive Rob Ashe will be presenting in New York this week on how the combined entities will work together. To get a bit of a preview, we recently sat down with Ashe to discuss performance management, application-embedded BI and the new realities of working with other companies from within IBM.

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