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Monthly Archives: January 2010

01/29
2010

The Business Intelligence iPad – Will Users Come?

j0443202 150x150 The Business Intelligence iPad – Will Users Come?Today’s internet-breaking (literally, Twitter had some issues keeping up with the excitement) coverage of the Apple launch of the iPad got us to thinking about Business Intelligence form factors.  The iPhone and other PDA’s have business intelligence tools available today.  But we wonder how much the iPhone is actually used to do anything business intelligence related other than look at a dashboard and maybe a report given the amount of screen real estate.  Enter the iPad. With screen real estate of 9.7 inches, is this a device usable for deeper analytic business intelligence purposes?

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01/28
2010

Analytics and Modeling Every Day: Some Call It Weather Forecasting, Others Rely on Guesses

j0399383 150x150 Analytics and Modeling Every Day: Some Call It Weather Forecasting, Others Rely on GuessesWhether it’s raining, snowing or sunny where you’re sitting, you can be sure that data analytics, predictive modeling or some combination of business intelligence tools are part of the weather forecasts.  Visualization is a fancy name for the radar and other maps at 6 and 11p.m. that can show you the conditions down to the street corner details.

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01/27
2010

Data Mining and Analytics Fighting Terrorism?

j04018283 150x150 Data Mining and Analytics Fighting Terrorism?In a recent Newsweek article, Philip Bobbitt, makes the case for regulations strengthening  external oversight of data mining in the federal intelligence community.  We say, “add analytics to that.”  The New Rules of Engagement offers “Nine Imperatives for our Post-9/11 World,” where he points out flaws in the U.S.’s current approach to fighting terrorism.   One way to combat these flaws – and subsequently fight terrorism – is to strengthen data mining and analytics with the federal government. 

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01/26
2010

Business Intelligence Meets (and Beats) PacMan

j0422295 150x150 Business Intelligence Meets (and Beats) PacManThis very interesting article from CNN’s Fortune BrainStorm Tech makes a great analogy between the advances in video gaming technology and the advances in Business Intelligence usability.  We’ve written about this type of analogy before and actually have developed our own “game” to show the ease of use of Business Intelligence tools today.  The author of this post points out the following capabilities and functionality between Business Intelligence and video games, including:

  • Personalization, Filtering, and Content
  • What-if Scenario Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • On-Demand Delivery

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01/25
2010

Preview of Predictive Analytics World Tradeshow

j0422172 150x150 Preview of Predictive Analytics World TradeshowSpotfire is one of many companies participating in Predictive Analytics World, taking place February 16 – 17, 2010 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.  This two-day  event focuses on examples of deployed predictive analytics.

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01/22
2010

When Data Analytics Reveals Unexpected Details: Surprises Exist – Good and Bad

 

j04434141 150x150 When Data Analytics Reveals Unexpected Details: Surprises Exist   Good and BadWith the same devastating honesty of a pre-schooler or a mother-in-law, analytics and business intelligence are telling us that we’re not as “green” as we might want to believe.  Massive amounts of data about the energy consumed in the United States and where it comes from are show that even though “renewable energy” has been growing in popularity – our utility companies are not tapping these resources as much as in years past.

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01/21
2010

In-Memory Business Intelligence: Using Predictive Speed as a Competitive Advantage

j0409490 150x150 In Memory Business Intelligence: Using Predictive Speed as a Competitive AdvantageOn January 15, Network Computing delivered a cover story entitled, “Next-Gen BI is Here”  In this article the author points out the components making up delivery of Next-Gen business intelligence.  These components include: predictive analysis, real-time monitoring, in-memory analysis, and the potential for the Software as a Service (SaaS) market as a delivery mechanism.  The author focuses on the speed aspect of business intelligence and how the business intelligence user community needs data more and more quickly as instantaneous responses are the new normal.  We’ve written many times in this blog about real-time business intelligence and latency as drivers for this year. This article does a good job detailing some of the benefits and pitfalls of approaching near real-time business intelligence and highlights user results.

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01/20
2010

Intelligence Lessons in Afghanistan – Business Intelligence in Action

j04395961 150x150 Intelligence Lessons in Afghanistan – Business Intelligence in Action“Meaningful change will not occur until commanders at all levels take responsibility for intelligence.”  We would argue that you could change the work “commanders” in this quote to “executives”,  “managers”, and “users” and it works just fine for business intelligence projects.

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01/19
2010

Watch Patterns Emerge Before Your Eyes With Data Analytics

j0433139 150x150 Watch Patterns Emerge Before Your Eyes With Data AnalyticsSeeing is believing.  It’s true with data analytics and even more powerful when you can “see yourself” — or a subject that affects you — in the data.  So spend a few minutes to watch the evolution of broadband Internet on a colorful new data visualization map created by Akamai Technologies Inc.  It vividly illustrates the spread of high-speed Internet across North America, Europe, Asia and other regions.  The report, called State of the Internet, has maps that change color to show broadband Internet use.

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01/18
2010

Critical Capabilities for Business Intelligence Platform Integration

j04431602 150x150 Critical Capabilities for Business Intelligence Platform IntegrationGartner, Inc. recently examined the most critical capabilities that enterprises should consider when selecting a business intelligence platform vendor in its report, “Critical Capabilities for Business Intelligence Platform Integration.” 

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