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Category Archives: Enterprise

12/01
2009

Is Your Company Smart Enough? Business Intelligence From Customers Who Don’t Buy Anything

j0402015 150x150 Is Your Company Smart Enough? Business Intelligence From Customers Who Don’t Buy Anything Business Intelligence in the 21st century enterprise has as much to do with what your company “knows” as what it makes, sells or buys.   Companies like Priceline, Amazon and SmartBargains are just a few giants that have compiled huge databases of consumer preferences, pricing, packages of multiple purchases.  That data has tremendous value – even if they never sold another item.  And thanks to analytics from the streams of customer Web traffic, they can learn as much from tire-kickers who never purchase as from their most frequent buyers.

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11/30
2009

Are Privacy Policies Stifling Business Intelligence?

j0387938 150x150 Are Privacy Policies Stifling Business Intelligence?A brief but interesting article in Information Week says that privacy fears by employees and policy rules by companies are among the biggest obstacles to corporate search that could unlock organizational knowledge.   Employees don’t want their searches viewed by the IT Department and company rules on data security stymie enterprise search and business intelligence.  More than 500 companies surveyed found that fewer than one in four had an enterprise search system in use.

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11/24
2009

Beware of Vendor Consolidation in the Business Intelligence Market

j0386126 150x150 Beware of Vendor Consolidation in the Business Intelligence MarketWe recently interviewed BPM Partners’ John Colbert, who talked about five common attributes of failed business intelligence projects.  One of these attributes is vendor consolidation in the business intelligence market creating software integration and obsolescence issues. 

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11/20
2009

Selecting the Right Business Intelligence Technology

j0400972 150x150 Selecting the Right Business Intelligence TechnologyWe recently interviewed BPM Partners’ John Colbert, who talked about five common attributes of failed business intelligence projects.  One of these attributes is how and when the business intelligence technology is selected.

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11/19
2009

Even If It’s Called Analytics, Government Can Use “Business Intelligence”

j0411819 150x150 Even If It’s Called Analytics, Government Can Use “Business Intelligence”From cloud computing to analytics and idea management, government agencies are turning innovative.  Local, state and federal agencies are doing some creative things to share data and the insights trapped in their data. Mapping, browser-based search and analytics are unlocking data and finding some interactive patterns or predictive data.  When it was used by companies, we called it “Business Intelligence” but a more user-neutral vocabulary is emerging, along with what is being called Gov 2.0

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11/17
2009

Beware of Customization in Business Intelligence Applications

Colbert2 Beware of Customization in Business Intelligence ApplicationsWe recently interviewed BPM Partners’ John Colbert, who talked about five common attributes of failed business intelligence projects.  One of these attributes is customization.

“We caution businesses against significant customization of business intelligence applications and tools,” advises John Colbert, vice president of research and analysis for BPM Partners. 

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11/16
2009

BI Challenge+Opportunity=Every Question Begets Another

j0387953 150x150 BI Challenge+Opportunity=Every Question Begets Another“Fast and Furious” isn’t just a movie – it describes what’s happening these days in the business intelligence marketplace. Call it ‘analytics’ if you like, but the newest BI solutions are delivering quicker reports on active production data – not just copies or archived databases.  Faster inbound data and more active solutions demand zero-to-60 responses for queries.  This results in companies finding  new details and asking  follow-up questions with very little IT and support involvement.

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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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11/03
2009

Need a Competitive Edge? Use Business Intelligence Say the Sage

j0411735 150x150 Need a Competitive Edge? Use Business Intelligence Say the SageResearch firm AMI Partners (AMI) has released a report that details how cost-conscious businesses are turning to business intelligence software for a competitive advantage.  AMI discovered that small and medium businesses are deploying business intelligence software as a stand-alone tool.  The study found that these businesses are transforming from a modular use of business intelligence software to a stand-alone deployment model.  These organizations are using business intelligence as part of a collaborative system that integrates databases and generates intelligent reports around revenue generation, research, and new business development.

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11/02
2009

Interview with John Colbert of BPM Partners on Business Intelligence Projects

Colbert Interview with John Colbert of BPM Partners on Business Intelligence ProjectsJohn Colbert is vice president of research and analysis for BPM Partners.  Colbert gathers and reviews industry and vendor-specific data for BPM Partners’ service products and alliance programs.  BPM Partners is an advisory services firm with a focus on business intelligence and business performance management solutions.  BPM Partners is well-known for its annual “BPM Pulse Survey” which consolidates real users’ opinions of business intelligence and performance management priorities, trends and satisfaction with vendors.

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