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Category Archives: Enterprise

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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10/27
2009

Saving Energy Costs Money – Calls for Business Intelligence

j04004211 150x150 Saving Energy Costs Money   Calls for Business IntelligenceOne irony of the recession’s cost-cutting and economizing  is the money required to do it – memos explaining new policies, meetings and training for staff, and other expenses maybe even the business intelligence reports and analytics to see if you’re actually saving money.   Bruce Myatt hits the nail on the head in a column for Mission Critical magazine.

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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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10/16
2009

Business Intelligence Adoption and Business Culture

Angry faces 300x104 Business Intelligence Adoption and Business CultureWhile business intelligence projects are rarely high on the list of “abandoned” IT projects, one can assume that more than a few business intelligence initiatives were started, but not finished.   Theoretically, the number of reasons for business intelligence projects stalling out can be as varied as the organizations’ turning to business intelligence. 

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10/15
2009

Will the Workforce Demand Greater Visualization from Business Intelligence Vendors?

Atari2600wood4 150x150 Will the Workforce Demand Greater Visualization from Business Intelligence Vendors?Some companies still use spreadsheets for business intelligence.  Others have moved on to business intelligence applications with some form of dashboards.  But most have yet to fully embrace the potential of visualization. 

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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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10/13
2009

How Green is Your Business Intelligence?

j0442174 150x150 How Green is Your Business Intelligence?One sure thing about business analytics and business intelligence is there’s always a learning curve especially in emerging areas such as “Green IT” – the practice of finding more economical ways of computing to reduce costs and environmental impact.  And real-time data about network use, IT resources and other office equipment we take for granted is finding a partner in business intelligence applications.  The result is a more precise picture of what it costs your company to deliver goods and services.

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10/08
2009

BI and Ending The Milk Run

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Making BI as easy as going for milk

“Drive-time” can be down-time spent listening to the radio, making phone calls or cursing at traffic.  Thanks to business intelligence (BI) — teamed with remote monitoring and reporting — there may be fewer miles on the road, more time on real work.

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10/06
2009

A Conversation With IDC’s Brian McDonough

b mcdonough m A Conversation With IDCs Brian McDonough IDC is a global provider of market intelligence to IT professionals and business executives.  We recently had a conversation with IDC’s Brian McDonough, a Research Manager in IDC’s Analytics and Data Warehousing Software research service.  In this role, Brian is responsible for providing coverage of supply-side trends within the business analytics market as well as user demand for technologies related to the implementation of business analytics.

Q: As we come up to Q4, 2009, in a still tough economy, how has the Business Intelligence market growth fared for the year?

BM: The business analytics software market, comprised of performance management and analytic applications plus business intelligence and data warehouse tools, is expected to finish the year with low single digit growth. It fared better than most markets as IT project scopes shrank and organizations sought out smaller, targeted initiatives for process optimization, improved financial management and analysis and improved insight into their customer bases.

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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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