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Category Archives: Business Intelligence Tools

11/12
2009

Using Business Intelligence to Mashup Disparate Data

761f278cc50067161 Using Business Intelligence to Mashup Disparate DataMashup.  In an IT world filled with odd words, mashup is one of the oddest.  According to Wikipedia, a mashup is a web page or application that combines data or functionality from two or more external resources to create a new service.

The genesis of how we got to mashup is interesting.  First there was the virtual private network (VPN) which was to combine resources for internal use by an organization.  After the VPN failed, we migrated to the intranet which was to do the same thing as the VPN but had a cooler name.  And once folks quit on the intranet, we graduated to the portal.  Oh, the portal had some great successes and was easy on the eyes but also had a great number of limitations that ultimately doomed the market category.

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11/04
2009

Gartner Moves Business Intelligence to ‘Advanced Analytics’ As Key Trend for 2010

j0442460 150x150 Gartner Moves Business Intelligence to Advanced Analytics As Key Trend for 2010Cloud Computing and Advanced Analytics moved to the head of the class at the Gartner Symposium last week with the IT analyst firm ranking these the top two most important trends for 2010.  Although “business intelligence” was renamed as analytics for the coming year’s Top Ten List, analyst David Cearley and others see a combination of trends that make analytics more flexible thanks to anywhere-computing and other technology changes at large companies.

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10/30
2009

Business Intelligence Gets Agile – Q&A with Ken Collier of Cutter Consortium

collierk Business Intelligence Gets Agile   Q&A with Ken Collier of Cutter ConsortiumAccording to Ken Collier, “Agile BI” blends the iterative, quick progress of Agile Software Development and a short-run project approach to Business Intelligence using the same steps and measurable results.  Collier is a senior consultant in business intelligence and agile product and project management for Cutter Consortium, an Arlington, MA, IT advisory firm of independent consultants.

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10/28
2009

Fraud: The Downturn’s 4-Letter Word for Financial Services

j0433118 150x150 Fraud: The Downturn’s 4 Letter Word for Financial ServicesAccording to the latest edition of the Kroll Annual Global Fraud Report, the financial services industry is being most severely hit by fraud in the current economic downturn.  Kroll notes that the financial services industry is extremely vulnerable to fraud due to “the reduction in internal controls, pay cuts, reduced revenues, and more.”

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10/20
2009

Smart Grid links WSJ, BI, PG&E, GE, IBM and other abbreviations

j0390142 150x150 Smart Grid links WSJ, BI, PG&E, GE, IBM and other abbreviations Interesting front-page Wall Street Journal story on Sept. 28 outlined how communications technology, business intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics are working together on the new Smart Grid electrical network.

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10/14
2009

Better Service Thanks to Analytics/Business Intelligence

j04227292 150x150 Better Service Thanks to Analytics/Business IntelligenceWho would have thought that business intelligence software, predictive analytics and other tools could be an antidote to high gas prices and costly service calls?  Well, Sumair Dutta of Aberdeen Group figured it out and that research into how Business Intelligence improves service and lowers costs is worth more than a full tank of unleaded premium.

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10/12
2009

Business Intelligence Hits the Funny Pages

Cornered Oct 5 Business Intelligence Hits the Funny PagesOK, maybe the average comics/funny pages reader didn’t associate a recent “Cornered” by Mike Baldwin with business intelligence, but those who know and love business intelligence will. 

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10/05
2009

Business Intelligence “Fatigue?”

Sleeping workers Business Intelligence Fatigue?Long time business intelligence and IT reporter and editor Mike Vizard, in his blog on IT Business Edge, covers the topic of “Overcoming Business Intelligence Fatigue.”  Vizard paints a picture of business intelligence (BI) as a “eyerolling” exercise that delivers “canned reports” from “static data” that “costs a fortune to build and maintain.”  But he also admits that business intelligence projects give “the IT department…an opportunity to prove its value.”  And that industry reports keep pointing to business intelligence as a top IT priority for executives.

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10/02
2009

See Savings Add Up With TIBCO Spotfire in Your Data Center

2297935570 64d7a2e8ca t See Savings Add Up With TIBCO Spotfire in Your Data CenterIt’s easy to turn on your computer anytime, day or night and rely on Internet access anywhere. But have you thought about the environmental impact? There aren’t smokestacks at your office, so it might be a surprise that electric use for computing could soon rival the carbon footprint of airlines.

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09/30
2009

Pervasive Business Intelligence: Moving from the Back Room to the C-Suite

The idea of pervasive business intelligence has been around for a while – and with good reason.  The value of business intelligence goes far beyond the “secrets” business intelligence analysts can unlock.  The true value of business intelligence is having previously hidden information – and the right information at that – available to the right people.

With pervasive business intelligence, the “right” people span many departments, disciplines, and divisions.  And it includes the C-Suite.

What does the C-Suite get from business intelligence?  Analyst Mike Lock of Aberdeen Group knows – and he’s sharing that info in a quick Webcast on Thursday, Oct. 1st at 1:00pm.  Why wait for Mike’s forthcoming report when you can get a sneak peek?  Email Tina Putnam at tina.putnam@aberdeen.com to join tomorrow’s Webcast.

Kelley Kassa
Spotfire Blogging Team

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