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Monthly Archives: October 2009

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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10/29
2009

On Our Way to 100 Bank Failures This Year – Risks to Your Loan Portfolio

j0422479 150x150 On Our Way to 100 Bank Failures This Year – Risks to Your Loan PortfolioAs the United States, unfortunately, moves closer and closer to 100 bank failures this year, risk managers must look deeper and deeper at risk levels across portfolios.  The ability to assess and visualize the risk in loan portfolios in light of continued bank failures and economic troubles is of utmost importance for all financial services organizations.  This is not a problem unique to the US. Europe and the rest of world are not immune.

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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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10/27
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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10/26
2009

Business Intelligence Uses: Analytics to Improve Sales Performance Management for Novartis

j0422803 150x150 Business Intelligence Uses: Analytics to Improve Sales Performance Management for NovartisBusiness intelligence is often thought of as providing data and answers for finance and operations departments.  Yes, that’s how many companies use business intelligence, but many others apply business intelligence in other areas of the company.  For pharmaceuticals, business intelligence provides untold value in analyzing sales metrics – delivering sales performance management.

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10/23
2009

Business Intelligence Can Eliminate Fishing for Information

j0407539 150x150 Business Intelligence Can Eliminate Fishing for InformationWhen thinking about business intelligence applications, most of us naturally think about big corporate applications.  We think of business intelligence applications that provide insight into corporate financials, identify trends in clinical analysis for drug development and help manage the operations of a company.   When thinking of business intelligence, how often do we think of fishing?

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10/22
2009

BeyeCONNECT Brings Social Media and Community Platform to Business Intelligence Market

j0385344 150x150 BeyeCONNECT Brings Social Media and Community Platform to Business Intelligence MarketBusiness intelligence professionals, companies and “followers” are starting to expand into social media; whether through company Facebook pages, LinkedIn Groups or through Twitter.   But the challenge for the business intelligence analyst or business intelligence professional is how to keep track of and participate in all those conversations – while still doing your business intelligence day job!

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10/21
2009

Sales Analytics – Fool’s Gold or The Hidden Jewel?

j0442513 150x150 Sales Analytics – Fool’s Gold or The Hidden Jewel?We are thinking a lot these days about marketing spend and how it translates into revenue.  Isn’t everybody?  We are looking at it for our internal spend. But, importantly, we are also looking at marketing and sales analytics from the use of Spotfire perspective for our customers and prospects.

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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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10/19
2009

Solvency II and Planning – Did We Learn Anything from Sarbanes-Oxley?

j0430516 150x150 Solvency II and Planning – Did We Learn Anything from Sarbanes Oxley?We read with great interest this article from TradingMarkets.com on the current state of opinion surrounding Solvency II in the European Union.   The insurance companies in Europe (specifically in Britain and Germany) are warning that Solvency II may be “too conservative.”  However,  even given that opinion, other insurers are suggesting that they will need “billions of pounds” of funding assistance to meet the requirements of Solvency II.  Let the games begin!

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Filed under: Financial Services