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Category Archives: Business Intelligence Overview

03/04
2010

Participate in the Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study

j04431603 150x150 Participate in the Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market StudyAcclaimed industry expert Howard Dresner has opened the “Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study.”  Dresner’s goal with the study is to provide “an unbiased view of the market to those interested in selecting the best business intelligence vendors and products.”

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02/24
2010

Information Access and Data Visualization Key to Government’s Transparency Agenda

j04004221 150x150 Information Access and Data Visualization Key to Governments Transparency Agenda The Obama Administration’s transparency and open government initiative has stirred much interest from both supporters and critics. Following Government 2.0 aspirations, a major mechanism to deliver this new transparency is through upgraded websites with greater focus on usability, improved access to various stores of information, and newer data visualization capabilities to aid understanding of the information itself.  Seconding the need and support for this type of public initiative, the UK recently announced its own open data agenda.

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02/19
2010

Map For That? Term Doesn’t Do Justice to Data Visualization

j04433661 150x150 Map For That? Term Doesn’t Do Justice to Data Visualization  Politics and cell phone coverage are two subjects that get people complaining about the status quo.  They are also common reasons for seeking insights from details in maps derived from user information and data visualization.  The intelligence comes from watching those maps evolve over time or adapt to shifting trends.  New ways of looking at details and the dissatisfaction that leads to changes – with candidates and political party, devices or choice of carrier – is the difference between looking at a photo and watching a movie.

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02/11
2010

Hi JetBlue! Glad You’re Using Analytics to Get this Message

j0401815 150x150 Hi JetBlue! Glad Youre Using Analytics to Get this MessageChances are above average that someone at JetBlue headquarters in New York will read even this humble technology blog thanks to text analytics. Like a watchdog, analytics software scans the Internet to find keywords and phrases and then reviews the contents to see customer sentiment, competitive business intelligence and even random praise.  In a thorough profile, David Stodder of  Information Week details how Gaylord Hotels, JetBlue and other companies are turning to data mining tools to clearly hear what people are saying – even through the din of online messaging.

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02/04
2010

Business Intelligence Results Depend on What You Measure – And Changing With The Times

j04004213 150x150 Business Intelligence Results Depend on What You Measure   And Changing With The TimesAnaytics tools can spot patterns and details in data you possess.  But innovation consultant Larry Keeley is fond of saying “Sometimes things change.”  And keeping your tools sharp can be a challenge in a fast-moving, changing business environment.

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02/01
2010

TIBCO Spotfire- Business Intelligence System vs. Analytics

mark TIBCO Spotfire  Business Intelligence System vs. AnalyticsOur blog rarely focuses on ourselves – Spotfire – but as we end 2009 and start 2010, we thought it would be appropriate to check in with Spotfire.  We spoke with Spotfire’s Vice President of Marketing, Mark Lorion.

Q:  If you had to pick one new trend Spotfire is seeing among its customers and prospects, what would it be?

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01/28
2010

Analytics and Modeling Every Day: Some Call It Weather Forecasting, Others Rely on Guesses

j0399383 150x150 Analytics and Modeling Every Day: Some Call It Weather Forecasting, Others Rely on GuessesWhether it’s raining, snowing or sunny where you’re sitting, you can be sure that data analytics, predictive modeling or some combination of business intelligence tools are part of the weather forecasts.  Visualization is a fancy name for the radar and other maps at 6 and 11p.m. that can show you the conditions down to the street corner details.

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01/26
2010

Business Intelligence Meets (and Beats) PacMan

j0422295 150x150 Business Intelligence Meets (and Beats) PacManThis very interesting article from CNN’s Fortune BrainStorm Tech makes a great analogy between the advances in video gaming technology and the advances in Business Intelligence usability.  We’ve written about this type of analogy before and actually have developed our own “game” to show the ease of use of Business Intelligence tools today.  The author of this post points out the following capabilities and functionality between Business Intelligence and video games, including:

  • Personalization, Filtering, and Content
  • What-if Scenario Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • On-Demand Delivery

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01/21
2010

In-Memory Business Intelligence: Using Predictive Speed as a Competitive Advantage

j0409490 150x150 In Memory Business Intelligence: Using Predictive Speed as a Competitive AdvantageOn January 15, Network Computing delivered a cover story entitled, “Next-Gen BI is Here”  In this article the author points out the components making up delivery of Next-Gen business intelligence.  These components include: predictive analysis, real-time monitoring, in-memory analysis, and the potential for the Software as a Service (SaaS) market as a delivery mechanism.  The author focuses on the speed aspect of business intelligence and how the business intelligence user community needs data more and more quickly as instantaneous responses are the new normal.  We’ve written many times in this blog about real-time business intelligence and latency as drivers for this year. This article does a good job detailing some of the benefits and pitfalls of approaching near real-time business intelligence and highlights user results.

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01/19
2010

Watch Patterns Emerge Before Your Eyes With Data Analytics

j0433139 150x150 Watch Patterns Emerge Before Your Eyes With Data AnalyticsSeeing is believing.  It’s true with data analytics and even more powerful when you can “see yourself” — or a subject that affects you — in the data.  So spend a few minutes to watch the evolution of broadband Internet on a colorful new data visualization map created by Akamai Technologies Inc.  It vividly illustrates the spread of high-speed Internet across North America, Europe, Asia and other regions.  The report, called State of the Internet, has maps that change color to show broadband Internet use.

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