EMS Scales A Data Mountain
Outdoor gear merchant Eastern Mountain Sports implements Web-based business intelligence to help it win retail sales.
Oracle's BI Play
Oracle is pushing a new product line that it hopes will cover companies' BI needs from top to bottom.
Three No-Cost Ways To Get Started With BPM
Several business process management vendors now offer free, downloadable tools that let you model processes, analyze expected performance improvement and create most, if not all, of an actual executable design.
The Skinny From Bill Gates
Microsoft's desktop strategy is slated to take its next step forward later this year, with the release of Office 2007. Gates, now Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, talked with our sister publication InformationWeek last week and held forth on an array of topics related to corporate data and information-sharing, including a server-based version of Excel, enterprise data search and corporate blogging.
Readers: Less Faith In Database Analytics?
A comparison of two Business Intelligence Pipeline polls indicates that readers have less confidence in database makers' ability to deliver built-in analytics than they did a year and a half ago.
Field Report: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers has more than 900 locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America. Finding the best locations to attract customers is a challenge when there is intense competition for prime real estate, especially when your stores require good road access and visibility from major intersections.
Will Rich Internet Apps Catch the Bus?
Rich Internet applications (RIA) have been the buzz in the applications development community as organizations look for ways to break out of primitive modes of Web services and applications and make better use of the power resident on the client side of most architectural implementations.
Readers Defend XBRL
A story we ran this week about XBRL managed to ignite a little controversy, even before it made our newsletter.
The global market for RFID systems in the retail consumer products and goods market reached $161 million in 2005, according to Venture Development Corp., with hardware accounting for approximately 41 percent of sales.
Free DBs Put SQL '05 in 'Check'
The latest moves and counter moves among the three major database players--IBM, Oracle and Microsoft--look like a three-way game of chess.
Can SAP Catch Up in On-Demand CRM?
When SAP AG announced it was unveiling an on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) option, it meant we would finally see a head-to-head battle in hosted CRM between SAP and Oracle, which purchased Siebel and its CRM OnDemand last fall. But both enterprise software behemoths are playing catch-up to Salesforce.com.
Service-oriented architecture holds great promise for reducing the cost and complexity of integrating business systems. But without an enterprise service bus, SOAs may not stretch to meet scalability requirements and could hamper IT with the kind of coding and confusion that plagued early point-to-point Web services implementations. ESB also is critical to how SOAs support business process management and the whole chain of strategic objectives that endeavor to make business change less difficult
Saw It Coming; OD On ODS?; 'Disservice' Hits New Lows; Clarifications and Corrections
Enkata 6; ILog JRules 6; MicroStrategy 8; webMethods Access; Appian Enterprise 5
Location, Location, Location
The three principles of real estate success also apply to data. Geospatial tools combined with databases and BI software deliver "location intelligence" so you can better position branch sites and distribution centers, as well as improved logistics and planning for transportation and service delivery.
Four ESBs That Won't Cramp Your Style
An enterprise service bus should require minimal tech expertise and coding, yet in our lab test of eight ESBs, four products has us tied up in knots. The leaders on our shortlist excelled at mediation, transformation and orchestration.