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Category Archives: Enterprise

03/15
2010

TIBCO Webcast: Financial Services: Risk Management, Forecasting and Stress Testing

j04331181 150x150 TIBCO Webcast: Financial Services: Risk Management, Forecasting and Stress TestingIn one of the many unfortunate truths that has accompanied our recent global financial crisis; banks continue to fail.  For those banks and financial institutions that survive, many are finding themselves inadequately capitalized to sustain their ratings or maintain their normal lending operations.  Managing risk and testing stress levels (or “worst-case” scenarios) are a mission critical exercise for banks of all sizes today.

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03/12
2010

Operational + Informational + Collaborative Computing = Enterprise 2.0

j04004223 150x150 Operational + Informational + Collaborative Computing = Enterprise 2.0There is a deep thinking article over at B-eye-Network on the concept of moving from business intelligence to a “wider world of enterprise architecture.” The author points out a number of drivers that suggest a shift (growth) from business intelligence to a world of fully-connected, real-time, integrated set of information. The article suggests that as we move to a world where, for example, unstructured web data and social media data are added to traditional operational data. This move will drive us to a point where change will demand a new architecture to support, mine, analyze and report on these disparate data sources.

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03/11
2010

Do “Big” Business Intelligence Companies Understand Analytics?

Steve Few Do “Big” Business Intelligence Companies Understand Analytics?Do “big” business intelligence companies understand analytics?  Blogger Stephen Few wonders that in a recent posting, “Big BI (Business Intelligence) is Stuck:  Illustrated by SAP BusinessObjects Explorer.”

Few makes the case that the larger, older business intelligence vendors haven’t made the transition from building data warehousing solutions to building systems that address “data sense-making.”  He argues “data sense-making (also known as analytics) requires … an approach that leads with design, not engineering, and focuses on people, their needs and abilities, not technology.”  In essence business intelligence is no longer about serving up (or providing access to) data, but about proving a complete solution (people, process and technology) for analytics-based decision-making.

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03/08
2010

Spotfire Named to Datamation’s Ten Leading Business Intelligence Software Companies

j0437059 150x150 Spotfire Named to Datamation’s Ten Leading Business Intelligence Software CompaniesJeff Vance of Datamation recently covered the business intelligence vendor market.  In “Business Intelligence Software: Ten Leaders,” Vance calls the business intelligence software market a “David vs. Goliath” fight between “behemoth” vendors and “pure-play” vendors.

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03/02
2010

Data Analytics About Unlimited Data Use? Call AT&T

j0444368 150x150 Data Analytics About Unlimited Data Use? Call AT&TYou already know the 80-20 Rule (80 percent of business profits come from 20 percent of clients).  But what if your company was like AT&T and learned that 3 percent of iPhone customers used 40 percent of your network’s capacity?  How did they find out?  It had to be network data analysis –and its cousin business intelligence.  The culprits were iPhone and other “smartphones” that are constantly trading data packets on the network.  AT&T Mobility reported that in the three years since the iPhone was introduced, data traffic on the company’s network has grown by 5000 percent (nope, not a typo).

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02/12
2010

Visualize Your Data Center Being More Energy Efficient

j04004214 150x150  Visualize Your Data Center Being More Energy EfficientIf you can make it to Boston, come visit on March 3  for a program aimed at increasing your data center’s energy efficiency – and learn more about data visualization tools and business intelligence applications that support your effort.  The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Partnership is hosting a full-day session March 3 focusing on data center energy reduction/savings.  Details and sign-up are here.

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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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02/08
2010

Secrets to Successful Analytics

j04395871 150x150 Secrets to Successful AnalyticsIn “The Underwear Bomber: Why They Didn’t “Connect the Dots,”  Tom Davenport, analytics guru, uses the intelligence gaps to discuss the challenges of getting a single view of something from disparate data sources.  His follow up piece, “How to ‘Connect the Dots’ in Your Business,” Davenport highlights the same challenges from the perspective of an enterprise business; the underlying theory is that analytics only truly work if there are appropriate technologies on the back end and processes on the front end.

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02/05
2010

Business Intelligence Verdict: Survey 9

j0432640 150x102 Business Intelligence Verdict: Survey 9If you’ve followed the business intelligence market long enough, you’re sure to recognize the name Nigel Pendse and his well-known OLAP Report.  In recent years the OLAP Report has evolved in the BI Survey. 

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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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