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Monthly Archives: July 2010

07/29
2010

New Companies Making Their Fortunes Powered By Analytics And Business Intelligence

smartphone 2 150x150 New Companies Making Their Fortunes Powered By Analytics And Business IntelligenceWhoever said “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” should be getting royalties from some interesting start-ups that are bringing the power of real-time analytics and data visualization to new audiences.   One specialty provider, Localytics, is a Boston-based start-up that launched a set of tools for analyzing usage patterns and user behavior on mobile devices – getting deep insights on how users of Blackberry, Android, iPad/iPhone and other systems are interacting with voice, data, applications and their own data.

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07/26
2010

Supersize My Data! Watch Out Business Analytics

Floppy disks Supersize My Data!  Watch Out Business AnalyticsIf you ever stored kilobytes of data on a floppy disk (and even if you didn’t) the petabyte world can seem amazing and extreme.  Although we now walk around with gigabytes of capacity right in our pockets–and many larger companies have databases in the terabyte range–the jump to petabyte level still requires some effort to imagine.  In case you haven’t thought about orders of data magnitude lately, here’s a quick refresher:

There are different ways to signify orders of data magnitude, but the best-known scale begins with a bit (0/1), puts 8 bits together in a byte (basically, a character), and then collects roughly 1000 bytes into a kilobyte or kB.  Then 1000 kB make a megabyte (MB), 1000 MBs make a gigabyte (GB), 1000 GBs make a terabyte (TB)–and 1000 TBs make up the petabyte (PB).

Or:  1 PB = 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.

Or:  1 PB = 13.3 years of HDTV video.

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07/22
2010

Twitter to Add Data Analytics? Now it MUST Be Cool!

twitter Twitter to Add Data Analytics? Now it MUST Be Cool!A sure sign that real-time data analytics is replacing queries of aged databases comes from no less an authority than Twitter.   Reports of a new Twitter analytics project has industry watchers all a-well y’know . . . Details identified so far by TechCrunch reflect Twitter as a vital search tool for people who need timely information about online conversations and analyzing daily trends, popularity and other metrics.  Not just counting mentions but identifying sentiments and aggregating the results are just some of the insights that can be gleaned from Tweets.  Those short messages can pack a punch in less than 140 characters.

Do you know what’s being said about your company, products and competition?

David Wallace
Spotfire Blogging Team

Image Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

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07/20
2010

The Decision? Isn’t That What Business Intelligence Is All About?

LaBron The Decision? Isnt That What Business Intelligence Is All About?Okay, if you didn’t watch it, hear about it, or ignore it, some basketball dude named LeBron James made his “Decision” on where he would next play professional basketball last week.  Our friends at BreakingMedia have an interesting visualization representation of ESPN’s coverage of LeBron’s decision and fan reaction here.

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07/19
2010

Dashboards Deliver A Clear View – Just Have a Look

j03879384 150x150 Dashboards Deliver A Clear View   Just Have a LookDriving a car is simple and fairly universal. Red means stop, green for go.  That helps control traffic.  Inside the car, a set of dials, gauges, lights and buttons report at-a-glance how your vehicle is operating at any moment.  In a second or two, you can see status updates, condition reports and even spot essential functions.   Lights, radio station, cruise control, inside temperature.   When you think about it, you don’t HAVE to think about it — a sure example of analytics at its most elegant and simple.

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07/15
2010

The Road Ahead for Business Intelligence, BPM and Analytics: Results from the 2010 BPM Partners Annual Survey

j04118192 150x150 The Road Ahead for Business Intelligence, BPM and Analytics: Results from the 2010 BPM Partners Annual SurveyBusiness intelligence, business performance management (BPM) and analytics are all related technologies that accomplish similar goals: culling and presenting the right data for strategic decision making.  As such, the results from the 2010 BPM Partners Annual Survey are relevant to the business intelligence and analytics markets.

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07/14
2010

Spotfire’s Free Cloud-Based Software Trial Makes Analytics Easy

Spotfire Silver 300x225 Spotfires Free Cloud Based Software Trial Makes Analytics EasyEver wish you could bring that social-networking-like sharing experience to your data?  The new TIBCO Silver Spotfire, a fully-functional free software trial, is designed for any user’s need to create and share custom dashboards or reports for business analytics and business intelligence in the cloud.   Now anyone, at home or at work, can analyze information and uncover compelling new insights from any data.

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07/12
2010

Free Webcast: Clinical Trial Operations with Spotfire Clinical Software at Infinity Pharmaceuticals

8880 Free Webcast: Clinical Trial Operations with Spotfire Clinical Software at Infinity PharmaceuticalsJoin John Walker of Infinity Pharmaceuticals and TIBCO Spotfire’s Michael O’Connell tomorrow for a case study discussion of clinical trial operations and medical/safety analysis with Spotfire at Infinity.

Date: Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 @ 11:00 AM ET

Overview: Infinity’s integrated clinical systems, consisting of custom CTMS (iTrac), Pharmacovigilance (Oracle ARGUS), EDC (Medidata) and a CDISC-compliant data warehouse (CRICIT) enables the timely analysis of clinical data to meet strategic and tactical needs. The platform’s automated reporting and a progressive approach to data visualization and analysis has led to broad use throughout the company.

TIBCO Spotfire Clinical software serves as a primary mechanism for data review, transforming all aspects of clinical operations and medical review. The recent release of Clinical Operations and Safety dashboards have leveraged all of these components and have allowed the relevant teams to generate higher quality decisions with greater efficiency and productivity.

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07/08
2010

Is Your Business Intelligence Problem Your Team?

j04432601 150x150 Is Your Business Intelligence Problem Your Team?We have written a lot about getting management and team buy-in for any and all business intelligence initiatives.  Buy-in and commitment are two of the key success drivers for most IT projects and are increasingly important when dealing with corporate data that helps make business intelligence, analytics, decision support and visualization decisions.

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07/07
2010

Analytics in the Hammock? It’s Summer Reading Time…

j04067741 150x150 Analytics in the Hammock?  It’s Summer Reading Time...Summer may not really be a season of leisure, but somehow it always feels a little more relaxed.  And there could be a vacation in your future, or at least a lazy weekend.  So why not spend it with a good book?

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