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Monthly Archives: November 2009

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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11/23
2009

Need a Job? Learn Business Intelligence

j0439488 150x150 Need a Job? Learn Business IntelligenceYes, we are aware that the headline of this blog is akin to “Get Rich Quick” or those lovely notes we get from the nice Nigerian gentlemen.  However, this is not self-serving.   ComputerWorld’s 2009 Salary Survey for IT is out and Business Intelligence positions are, in fact, among the most highly sought after.

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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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11/18
2009

Clinical Data Analysis Delivers for Pharmaceutical Companies

j03210561 150x150 Clinical Data Analysis Delivers for Pharmaceutical CompaniesPharmaceutical companies rely on clinical data analysis to make better business decisions in the drug delivery market.  Using clinical data analysis, pharma companies can identify potential issues earlier in the drug development process, ultimately saving the company development costs.

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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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11/13
2009

Successful Business Intelligence Projects Involve End Users

Colbert1 Successful Business Intelligence Projects Involve End UsersWe recently interviewed BPM Partners’ John Colbert, who talked about some common attributes of failed business intelligence projects.  One common attribute discussed was that after the business intelligence application is deployed, the end users don’t actually use it.  Colbert notes, “not using an application is the best form of protest.”

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11/12
2009

Using Business Intelligence to Mashup Disparate Data

761f278cc50067161 Using Business Intelligence to Mashup Disparate DataMashup.  In an IT world filled with odd words, mashup is one of the oddest.  According to Wikipedia, a mashup is a web page or application that combines data or functionality from two or more external resources to create a new service.

The genesis of how we got to mashup is interesting.  First there was the virtual private network (VPN) which was to combine resources for internal use by an organization.  After the VPN failed, we migrated to the intranet which was to do the same thing as the VPN but had a cooler name.  And once folks quit on the intranet, we graduated to the portal.  Oh, the portal had some great successes and was easy on the eyes but also had a great number of limitations that ultimately doomed the market category.

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