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Monthly Archives: December 2009

12/30
2009

Spotfire Customer Win: Pagos Uses TIBCO Spotfire Analytics for Analysis and Visualization

j03879532 150x150 Spotfire Customer Win: Pagos Uses TIBCO Spotfire Analytics for Analysis and VisualizationPagos, Inc. a developer of software solutions and IT consulting services has signed an OEM partnership agreement with TIBCO to integrate the Spotfire Analytics Platform with Pagos’ SpreadsheetWEB software.  Read the press release here.

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12/29
2009

The Alphabet Soup of Business Intelligence

j0399551 150x150 The Alphabet Soup of Business IntelligenceDepending on one’s perspective, business intelligence (BI) can be a discipline unto itself, a superset and even a subset of other business information systems.  Add in data mining (DM), data and/or business analytics and predictive analytics (PA), and (nevermind BPM, PM and OLAP) and one gets a murky picture of what solution solves what problem and how solutions differ from each other.

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12/28
2009

Chevron “Blind Faith” Counts On Analytics and Business Intelligence To Fill Your Tank

j0422357 150x150 Chevron “Blind Faith” Counts On Analytics and Business Intelligence To Fill Your Tank Next time the price of gasoline has jumped or fallen a few pennies, you might pause a moment to consider the years of planning, billions in investment and the role of analytics and heavy-duty data and computing that made your transaction possible.  Chevron Corp. (disclosure – a Spotfire analytics client) has several videos and interactive illustrations explaining the path from oil discovery to well construction to actual production – a journey that can take as long as 10 years.

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12/23
2009

Forrester’s Analytics Predictions for 2010

j0216064 150x150 Forrester’s Analytics Predictions for 2010Forrester Analyst James Kobielus (@jameskobielus) shared his business intelligence and advanced analytics predictions for 2010 in a recent posting on The Forrester Blog for Business Process & Applications Professionals. 

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12/22
2009

Can Analytics Fight Crime?

j0438417 150x150 Can Analytics Fight Crime?It’s doubtful the next crime fighting cartoon hero will be “Analytics Man,” but analytics can be a tool in the arsenal of crime fighters.

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12/21
2009

Q-and-A Seth Grimes, Analytics Analyst

92949097 1  150x150 Q and A Seth Grimes, Analytics Analyst Seth Grimes is an analytics strategy consultant at Alta Plana Corporation, located near Washington DC.   Seth is also a leading industry observer, focusing on business intelligence, text analytics, and decision support as a long-time contributing editor for TechWeb’s Intelligent Enterprise, text analytics channel expert at the BeyeNETWORK, and founding chair of the Text Analytics Summit.

Q: Analytics of everything from online sentiments to real-time object status means the field is moving into non-traditional departments including marketing where people don’t use Excel or math much.  Is BI becoming mainstream, not just for data-crunchers?

A:  Oh, we’re there — marketers along with a gamut of other business users ranging from executives who need a strategic view to folks on the proverbial shop floor, by which I mean the folks who do the real, productive work. These aren’t non-traditional departments; they’re at the core of any and every business.  And they don’t (necessarily) use math a lot, at least not directly, much less Excel.   Instead, they’re getting analytics delivered in consumable, relevant forms that are tailored to their job functions.

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12/18
2009

New Approaches and Targeted Analytics for the Data Center

j0400422 150x150 New Approaches and Targeted Analytics for the Data CenterCompanies are rethinking how to build a data center – from the ground up.  From automated air handling controls to bi-level design, improvements in both efficiency of footprint and reduced electrical demands for cooling can provide room for growth.  Add analytics to track consumption and performance and you have operational knowledge that many centers lack.

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12/17
2009

Check Out the Data Visualization Game

j0435245 150x150 Check Out the Data Visualization GameA challenge for each of you over the holidays – grab one of your friends or relatives who is not a major techie and explain business intelligence and visualization to them.  Okay, stop laughing.

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12/16
2009

Waste Not, Want Not, But Know More Through Analytics

j0409647 150x150 Waste Not, Want Not, But Know More Through AnalyticsFrom auto tailpipes to stoves to lightbulbs, every day we use more power than we need and waste the excess heat that’s generated.  And you can imagine how much extra heat is lost from industrial-strength facilities and large offices.  But analytics and computers are coming to the rescue.  One federal estimate says as much as two-thirds of the energy we produce is actually wasted.  For instance, more than half the energy it takes to run a car engine just blows out of exhaust pipes and heats the engine compartment.

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12/15
2009

What Kills Analytics?

j0443263 150x150 What Kills Analytics?Failure is, unfortunately, an option in the world of high-tech, high-touch solution roll-outs.  We’ve all been there.  The best laid plans of IT and management spiral into a morass of useless data, pointless reports, and unused technology.  How, as technologists, do we best learn from mistakes to ensure successful technology implementations?  In a word, research.  We must look at all data points available to us and leverage all useful bits of information to ensure a successful rollout.

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