Think Globally, Analyze Locally
All this talk about "operational BI" and "pushing intelligence to decison-makers" is mostly just theory, right? No, it isn't. And nothing illustrates better than example.
The Information Makers
There are a number of vendors vying to help businesses manage and analyze the 80-85 percent of all corporate data that's stored in unstructured and semi-structured formats -- and some of their names might surprise you.
We're No. 1
If you still haven't gotten the respect you deserve from your CIO, that might change.
Beyond The Relational Database
"Information management" goes way beyond the relational database -- if for no other reason, than simply because relational databases can't handle the entire job.
Buying Out The Boss
Open-source application server and middleware maker JBoss attracted huge attention last month when it announced it was moving up the stack by building the first commercial-use product based on Enterprise Java Beans 3 (EJB3). Now JBoss is back in the news -- as a potential buyout target.
Network General to Acquire Fidelia
Acquisition aims to expand the packet flow-based application and network performance management provider's product portfolio to cover the entire realm of enterprise application performance management.
How Analytics Saved Siebel Engineers' Jobs
It's a good thing for Siebel's base of engineers that the firm started building analytics capabilities before Oracle acquired the firm. Otherwise most of them might be out of a job.
WebTrends Talks Smack
Here's the latest on the increasingly boisterous Web analytics vendor scene: WebSideStory bought Visual Sciences, a maker of streaming data analysis and visualization software. Within hours, we here at Business Intelligence Pipeline heard from Greg Drew, CEO of WebSideStory rival WebTrends, who gave his take on the matter. He is, in a word, unimpressed.
Competing On Analytics
What good is a lot of customer data if you can't make sense of it? Most companies are lagging in analytical capability; here's how to use it to reach the highest stages of competitiveness.
Unisys Finds Discipline Works
Over the past four years, Unisys has trained 800 employees on COBIT and implemented most of its 34 processes and 300 controls in four key IT areas.
Headsup: Speech Recognition Gets More Accurate
If you've been misunderstood by a voice response system, you know voice recognition is a work in progress. But at a recent "Speech Day" in New York, IBM showed how voice applications are improving.
Excel And BI: Best Buddies Forever
Everybody likes product reviews, and we have a new one here on Business Intelligence Pipeline from our own uber-reviewer, Jacques Surveyer. Jacques take an under-the-hood look at Business Objects' Xcelsius and Xcelsius Workgroup, tools the BI bellwether based on technology it acquired from Infommersion last year.
Let The Data Flow
Integrating operational data has long been one of the toughest IT problems. One choice is ripping and replacing legacy systems and consolidating on a single application platform, but that's neither affordable nor practical. You'll find a better answer in business integration convergence, a trend toward combining techniques including metadata repositories and discovery, data modeling and data quality services, ETL and EII, and integration with message brokers and ESBs for timely data synchronizat
SPSS Clementine 10; MatrixOne Library Central; Sterling Commerce Retail Solutions Suite; Cognos 8 BI Data Modeler for IBM Lotus Domino; Host Analytics Host Budget
BI's New Breed
A new category of business-intelligence tools is not designed to support strategic planning, but to gather and analyze operational BI and deliver this actionable information to front-line workers. Businesses are increasingly looking to vendors to deliver comprehensive operational BI systems.
Stellent Brings Blogs and Wikis Under Control
New templates and capabilities for managing blogs, wikis and RSS within
Stellent's Universal Content Management platform are designed to give
users the look, feel and ad hoc immediacy of these chic Web environments
while also ensuring content security, reusability and auditability.
Google This, Google That
Don't believe the hype: Google didn't make any of the traditional Web analytics vendors happy when it started giving away online analytical tools. But that doesn't mean the existing vendors don't have defensible "we're-not-afraid-of-Google" rhetoric to throw at analytics-buying customers.
In Focus: ECM Market Notches Steady Growth
ECM market growth is stuck in the high-single-digit range, and
competition has remained intense. Vendors are filling gaps in their
portfolios in hopes of luring customers away from competitors.
New Directions For OLAP
As OLAP reaches its second decade, it's being extended beyond data to text and geospatial information.
Review: Xcelsius And Xcelsius Workgroup
The Business Objects' tools work with Microsoft Excel and allow the creation not just of presentations, but also dashboard and portal content with KPIs. Our review looks at the products' strengths and weaknesses.
A Clarion Voice on Competency; Anything But Reluctant; Unstructured vs. Unmanaged
Your Job's Safe
Information technology makes for a rocky career path, with IT workers' skills sometimes declared obsolete overnight. And even many IT pros who stay on the cutting edge now face the threat of outsourcing.
But not the business intelligence experts.