Gartner Lee Models The Future
Forced to build forecasts far more complex than Excel can handle, an environmental-consulting firm foregoes more advanced BI tools and puts its faith in a startup modeling specialist.
Open-Source BI Stretches Beyond Reporting
Can open-source software crack into the lucrative but ultra-competitive business intelligence marketplace by offering packages that include more than a reporting tool?
Understanding Customers' Many Tongues
Suppose you're a multi-billion dollar distributor with millions of parts in your catalog, but your customers send in quote requests in myriad formats, including XML files, spreadsheets, delimited lists and Word files. That's exactly the situation at electronics giant Avenet, which is using something called "semantics integration" to intelligently decipher the abstract communication coming from its buyers.
In Focus: Best-of-Breed Prevails at Farmers Insurance
Surely everyone who's shopping content management software must know by now that enterprise content management (ECM) suites are aimed at handling all facets of unstructured information management. Yet many companies still pick and choose vendors for specific applications, seemingly oblivious to the claimed advantages of vendor consolidation and "leveraging a single, unified platform."
The Great Ease-Of-Use Barrier
Everybody in the business intelligence field knows how data quality problems can scuttle even the simplest BI deployments. But a recent study points to an even bigger challenge plaguing the adoption of business intelligence tools: ease-of-use.
A survey from our sister publication InformationWeek found that ease-of-use issues now comprise the single biggest barrier to BI projects, according to 300 study respondents who work in business intelligence. Employees' struggles with BI tools pose greate
Readers Sound Off On Linux
Though more and more packaged BI vendors have announced support for Linux in their reporting tools this year, readers of Business Intelligence Pipeline say they still see databases as Linux's sweet spot in the BI world.
Case Study: TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
Think of radio frequency identification (RFID) as barcode technology without the hassle of getting a good read with an optical scanner. Because RFID tags can be detected and read automatically as they pass through loading docks, and distribution centers and into stores, the technology promises dramatic time and labor savings--most particularly through reductions in paperwork. Shipping, receiving, warehousing and stocking information can be updated automatically, and records of billing, transfer
In Focus: Sizing Up Content Migration vs. Integration
So you say you've settled on an enterprisewide standard for content management. What's next? The typical enterprise has at least three to five legacy content management systems and 40 percent have six or more repositories, according to Forrester Research. Do you move all that content into the new centralized repository? Not likely.
XBRL Offers Faster Route To Intelligence
Extensible business reporting language and a growing list of XBRL-enabled tools and applications promise to help big companies skip the demanding data-normalizing and -cleansing steps.
Data Breaches Threaten Customer Intelligence
Data that can't be gathered, can't be analyzed. And that's why business intelligence pros should start paying attention to the parade of data that's marching out of supposedly secure servers at organizations of every size and stripe.
According to findings from personalization software maker ChoiceStream, 63 percent of consumers in a recent survey say they fear for the security of the personal data they provide to Web sites.
Hyperion BI Goes 64-Bit
Hyperion and other BI vendors hope to offer the ability to handle larger data volumes and more complex and numerous analytical tools through 64-bit processing.
Process Management Speeds a Homeland Security Review
If you want to meet the challenge of global terrorism, you can't respond at the speed of bureaucracy. That's why business process management (BPM) technology is being tapped for the fight against terror. Built on Web protocols and services-based architecture, BPM is designed to keep processes running smoothly while also letting business users make changes without requiring costly and time-consuming software development.
BPM Beyond IT
Everyone defines categories of technology differently -- from vendors and analysts to journalists and users. Here at Business Intelligence Pipeline, we consider business process management (BPM), if not a subset of BI, then at least a very close cousin. The automation of business processes inherently involves data aggregation, analysis and reporting. That's the reason we bring tips and news on BPM along with more traditional analysis, data warehousing and the like.
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In Focus: What's Hot and What's Not in ECM, Part 2
A few weeks ago, I shared my insights on what's selling in the world of content management as reflected in the financial results of leading enterprise content management vendors. Numbers have since trickled in on Hummingbird, Mobius and Stellent for the quarter ended June 30, so here's another look at what's hot and what's not.
Snap 'Em Up
Welcome back to the binge. Oracle and IBM both announced acquisitions last week that will have a major impact on their ability to deliver more of the data that business intelligence experts want. Both database giants, it seems, are working hard to provide wider swathes of information. As they should. And as they will continue to do.
Field Report: Beyond Quick-and-Dirty RFID
The maker of Schwinn, Mongoose and other well-known brands of bicycles, Pacific Cycle has deployed RFID in an outbound logistics scenario. The move was driven by Wal-Mart mandates, but executives at the company hoped for benefits, including improved warehouse process flows, reduced inventory and better information from retail stores.
Field Report: Flying High With BI
As companies look to extend BI applications to business users, it's important to add intuitive, graphical interfaces that let users better visualize the result of data analysis. Sun National Bank, a $3 billion regional player, has embraced the trend toward visualization to better compete against larger banks.
Beyond Quick-and-Dirty RFID
Mandates from the likes of Wal-Mart, Target and the Department of Defense have led to crude, slap-and-ship deployments of radio frequency identification technology.
Data Law: Misdirected or Misdirection?
A federal data breach notification law is probably a bad idea, but not for all the reasons put forth in debates over legislation currently being considered by the U.S. Congress.
How to Put the BI in 64 Bits?
The more an analytic tool can hold in virtual memory, the larger its data sets, such as OLAP cubes, can be -- and the faster it can perform.
Flying High With BI
With business intelligence suites finally getting in sync with broad user needs, the software is poised to enter the mainstream and elevate operational decision-making.
What's accelerating BI innovation? Companies are finally breaking down departmental data silos to improve customer insight and profitability.
Business Objects' most recent earnings indicate the customer side still has a healthy appetite for BI tools.
Business Objects' rivals don't like to hear the software company referred to as a "BI Bellwether." But despite advances made by the likes of Cognos and Hyperion in recent months, a bellwether is exactly what Business Objects continues to be.
That said, Business Objects' most recent earnings indicate customers are maintaining a healthy appetite for BI tools.