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Category Archives: Business Intelligence Tools

07/19
2010

Dashboards Deliver A Clear View – Just Have a Look

j03879384 150x150 Dashboards Deliver A Clear View   Just Have a LookDriving a car is simple and fairly universal. Red means stop, green for go.  That helps control traffic.  Inside the car, a set of dials, gauges, lights and buttons report at-a-glance how your vehicle is operating at any moment.  In a second or two, you can see status updates, condition reports and even spot essential functions.   Lights, radio station, cruise control, inside temperature.   When you think about it, you don’t HAVE to think about it — a sure example of analytics at its most elegant and simple.

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06/22
2010

Data Visualization a Big Winner in Knight Challenge

j04331183 150x150 Data Visualization a Big Winner in Knight ChallengeData viz has an established role in business—but these days it’s also gaining traction in the realm of public service.  Proof:  The prestigious Knight News Challenge, an annual competition that funds innovative ideas for spreading news and information in communities, has awarded two of its twelve prizes to data visualization projects.

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05/27
2010

Data Meets Real Life: Visualizing the Gulf of Mexico Spill

j0448085 150x150 Data Meets Real Life: Visualizing the Gulf of Mexico SpillNothing has produced more news—and news coverage–in the past few weeks than the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  But one aspect that hasn’t received much media attention is the sophisticated super-computing at work behind the scenes.  One dramatic example:  The National Science Foundation has made an emergency allocation of 1 million compute hours that will allow the Texas Advanced Computing Center supercomputer to analyze how spreading oil may affect the area’s coastlines.

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05/17
2010

Talking Home Energy Savings Analytics with Martin Flusberg

team martin flusberg2 Talking Home Energy Savings Analytics with Martin FlusbergMartin Flusberg is CEO of Powerhouse Dynamics, creator of EMonitor, a software and device combination that tracks and analyzes home electrical use down to an individual circuit or outlet.  It also delivers reports and comparisons that make it easy for consumers to reduce “phantom” electric used by stand-by devices, or to identify and manage their carbon footprint.  A version for small/medium-sized businesses will add a ROI calculator to let users manage energy use in an office or store.

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04/21
2010

Business Intelligence for Every Employee in Your Organization

j0442379 150x150 Business Intelligence for Every Employee in Your Organization Quick, whatever you do in the next few minutes, if you care about business intelligence and your business – send this article to every business person you know.  This article,  from The St. Louis Globe Democrat, is a fantastic explanation and examination of why every person in your organization should have access to business intelligence to make your business better.

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04/14
2010

Use Business Intelligence on Business Intelligence for Business Intelligence

j04432022 150x150 Use Business Intelligence on Business Intelligence for Business IntelligenceResearch firm IDC has recently published a report that details that organizations do not know how to measure the benefits of business analytics projects.  IDC conducted a big survey, 6,400 end-users and found that more than a third had no idea how to measure the benefits of their business analytics spend.  Wow.  This is really shocking to us.

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04/13
2010

Business Intelligence Reaches the Masses: Why Your Boss Can Run Her Own Reports

j04464642 150x150 Business Intelligence Reaches the Masses: Why Your Boss Can Run Her Own ReportsIt is a truism that sometimes the simplest things in life are the best things in life.  We have been saying for a long, long time that easy to use analytic business intelligence tools would drive adoption.  It’s a simple statement really, that could be assigned to even the most difficult to use technology – make it simple and the people will use it.  We are not alone in our assertion.  Our SaaS business intelligence tools friends have made a new market by producing easy to use and easy to consume business intelligence tools.  We have noticed.

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04/12
2010

Discover the Technology of Business Intelligence – Now

j04221722 150x150 Discover the Technology of Business Intelligence   NowWe are thrilled to announce our Spotfire User Conference.  Please join us and your fellow TIBCO Spotfire friends in Las Vegas on May 10 – May 13.

As we have talked about before in this blog, business intelligence tools have become easier to use and have increasingly become ubiquitous throughout an organization.  The end-users for business intelligence tools have expanded beyond the analytic community and now include end-users, IT and Spotfire Administrators, Line of Business Managers, and Executive Management.

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04/07
2010

Time To Analyze Your Data Center Power/Performance Ratio?

j04004215 150x150 Time To Analyze Your Data Center Power/Performance Ratio? Can ‘always on’ reliability co-exist with Green IT and other energy saving initiatives?  Not surprisingly, analytics and business intelligence deliver the answers.  Companies like American Power Conversion have online calculators to help decipher what savings are possible and how to measure performance while maintaining the desired level of computing power, cooling costs and other overhead such as security or load balancing.

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04/02
2010

The Role of User Interface in Business Intelligence Tools

j04385281 150x150 The Role of User Interface in Business Intelligence ToolsBEyeNetwork recently announced the availability of a new business intelligence research report by business intelligence industry expert and Founder of BIScorecard, Cindi Howson.  The report, “Ease of Use and Interface Appeal in Business Intelligence Tools,” defines ease of use and interface appeal and discusses the current business intelligence tool market.  

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