Mark Smith

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Mark is responsible for the overall direction of Ventana Research and drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint for Information Management and Performance Management as the linking together of people, processes, information and technology across organizations to drive effective results.
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posted in October 2007

The Not-So-Good at the Business Objects Meeting

Following up on my last post about all the good things I encountered at Business Objects' recent user conference in Orlando, Fla., here are a few looming and, in some cases, troubling aspects of what's ahead for customers in the wake of the pending SAP acquisition. For instance, Business Objects is very bullish on its approach to enterprise performance management (EPM), a topic highlighted in many executive keynotes at the event... Despite all the reassuring words, I have my doubts about what li

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The Good at Business Objects' User Conference

My trip to the recent Business Objects user conference in Orlando, Fla., revealed many good surprises as well as many big questions yet to be answered. Business Objects founder and chairman Bernard Liautaud addressed the deal during the opening of the event, and his comments quickly transitioned to those of SAP CEO Henning Kagermann (by way of video)... But with many forks in the path ahead for customers and partners of Business Objects, Kagermann's video instilled little comfort.

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IBM's Info On Demand Strategy: Complex, Evolutionary, Important

In the second annual IBM Information On Demand Conference this week, a series of new advancements were brought forward in information management. IBM has been on a multi-year transformation of its content, data and information focus through a number of technology supplier acquisitions over the last three years. These deals have been slowly advancing the IBM software product portfolio for a broader range of capabilities.

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SAP-Business Objects Deal Heralds Rocky 2008

If you think the SAP-Business Objects deal will not impact you, you are mistaken. Even if you do not own technology from Business Objects or SAP, the products you do own have probably been acquired within the last two years. Cognos, Infor, Microsoft and Oracle have all have made acquisitions and are also quite ready to battle for your BI, performance management and operational IT dollars. But all of these acquisitions increase the time required by vendors to support tighter integration for appli

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