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Category Archives: SaaS BI

09/28
2011

The Power of Cloud-based BI and Analytics

TIBCO SILVER SPOTFIRE 2.0 300x168 The Power of Cloud based BI and AnalyticsThanks to the exponential growth in the use of unstructured data by companies, including social customer data, many decision-makers are wrestling with the most effective ways to analyze real-time data quickly and effectively.

These escalating data demands are just one of the reasons there’s growing market interest in cloud-based analytics. While Gartner forecasts the global business intelligence (BI) market to grow 9.7% this year to $10.8 billion, business analytics software-as-a-service (SaaS) is expected to grow three times faster than the total business analytics software market, according to Brian McDonough, research manager for IDC’s Business Analytics Solutions research service.

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07/25
2011

BI Training – An Important Factor at All Company Levels

Self Service BI and Cloud BI 300x168 BI Training – An Important Factor at All Company Levels  According to a recent Computerworld article by Sandra Gittlen, complex BI and analytics tools are headed the way of the big box store – out of the picture. Today’s BI vendors are embracing the midmarket and SMB markets because accessibility is the market demand.

Self-Service Impacting BI Adoption

As Forrester advanced analytics analyst, James Kobielus (@JamesKobielus) says in the article, “The industry evolution toward self-service BI and SaaS BI is having a big impact on adoption in companies of all sizes.”

Additionally, he says these cloud-based platforms offer companies huge advantages in lean times – from pay-as-you-go models, a broader user base, less IT involvement and lower capital costs.

While these advantages signify a move to smaller accounts, BI still

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04/15
2011

7 Hot Trends in Business Intelligence (An Update)

MarcusBorba 150x150 7 Hot Trends in Business Intelligence (An Update)This is a guest blog post by Marcus Borba (@marcusborba), the founder of Borba Consulting, a Business Intelligence and Performance Management consultancy located in Brazil. Marcus  has over 10 years of experience providing consulting services to designing and implementing business intelligence and performance management solutions. He also writes a blog called Business Intelligence News.

Since my last post on trends in Business Intelligence, the landscape has continued to change—and even faster.   Here’s an update on progress in the seven categories discussed last time.

  • Mobile BI.  What’s new? Improved functionality and lower pricing for smartphones and tablets has led to continuing growth in the number of mobile data consumers.  In turn, anytime/anywhere access to decision support and operational updates is demonstrating the value of BI.  This virtuous circle is rapidly turning the long-predicted promise of Mobile BI into a reality.  Insight: Get an overview of the Mobile BI landscape from analyst Boris Evelson.

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02/10
2011

Get People and Processes in Line Before Social BI Changes Decision Game

sm flat tilt iPad pic 150x150 Get People and Processes in Line Before Social BI Changes Decision GameIn the third quarter of 2010, Genesis Management Consulting Group launched the results of its second global survey on strategic decision-making. The survey defined strategic decision as a decision that “could have fundamental and significant impact on the organization.”

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01/12
2011

Forrester Says Enterprises Will Focus On Self-Service BI, SaaS BI and Real-Time Analytics in 2011

diagram activespaces 150x150 Forrester Says Enterprises Will Focus On Self Service BI, SaaS BI and Real Time Analytics in 2011Echoing many of the predictions by Marcus Borba, an article in ComputerWorld predicts that self-service business intelligence, SaaS-based business intelligence and real-time analytics will be top of mind for enterprises in 2011.  James Kobielus, an analyst at Forrester Research, notes that although these are not new trends, their adoption will increase in 2011 as some enterprises look for ways to reduce the burden on IT departments and put more data analytic capability in the hands of end users and organizations more experienced with business intelligence begin to focus on real-time data analytics.

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01/11
2011

7 Business Intelligence Predictions for 2011

Marcus Borba 1 7 Business Intelligence Predictions for 2011This is a guest blog post by Marcus Borba (@marcusborba), the founder of Borba Consulting, a Business Intelligence and Performance Management consultancy located in Brazil. Marcus  has over 10 years of experience providing consulting services to designing and implementing business intelligence and performance.  He also writes a blog called Business Intelligence News.

At the beginning of each year, people make predictions about the future and also comment on trends. Making Information Technology predictions is not easy and history shows us many examples where the predictions have  failed.  As Niels Bohr said: “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

Having said that, based on the latest Business Intelligence trends, here are my 2011 predictions:

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11/15
2010

Q & A with Ivan Casanova on Cloud Computing & Analytics-on-Demand

Ivan Casanova TIBCO 300x234 Q & A with Ivan Casanova on Cloud Computing & Analytics on Demand TIBCO Software developed a core middleware software so clients could tie together enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other systems. As these functions shift from the corporate data center to managed “clouds” of utility computing, the middleware is moving also, says Ivan Casanova, TIBCO’s director of marketing.

To learn more or test your own cloud with a one-year free subscription, visit www.silver.tibco.com.

Q: What is cloud computing and what is TIBCO doing with cloud computing services?

Q: How is Silver helping companies get started in the cloud?

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10/20
2010

7 Hot Trends in Business Intelligence

MarcusBorba 7 Hot Trends in Business IntelligenceThis is a guest blog post by Marcus Borba (@marcusborba), the founder of Borba Consulting, a Business Intelligence and Performance Management consultancy located in Brazil. Marcus  has over 10 years of experience providing consulting services to designing and implementing business intelligence and performance management solutions. He also writes a blog called Business Intelligence News.

The Business Intelligence landscape has changed drastically over the past few years, with news concepts, approaches and tools. Here’s a high-level map of today’s hottest spots:

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09/16
2010

SaaS Business Intelligence Solves the Data Silo Problem

200px Zipcar DC 4996 03 2009 150x133  SaaS Business Intelligence Solves the Data Silo Problem Business Intelligence is recognized for its business value. But according to a recent survey from Deloitte Consulting, about 30 percent of executives say either their companies don’t have data analytics capabilities or they don’t use what they already have.

Bureaucracy Still Rules
The survey, originally reported by Ericka Chickowski in this article, points to distributed data as the lead problem in either no solution or no use of a BI product. Fifty-two percent of the survey respondents said they couldn’t get the data needed to make information-backed decisions because the data is trapped in siloed departments and these groups have limited interaction.

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09/09
2010

Data Visualization – A Growing Business Need

american average food consumption2 300x2851 Data Visualization – A Growing Business Need As the age of data analytics matures, there’s a new type of career track beginning for data nerds, designers and researchers.  After reading Scott Klososky’s blog post,  it’s clear that a new skill set for information workers will be necessary in the years to come … data visualization.

Why Data Artists Will Be in Demand

Klososky says that Twitter is laden with infographics and data visualization is becoming more prevalent to explain complex tech systems and “digital plumbing.”

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