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In Focus: Our Top-15 Stories of 2006
News  |  12/29/2006
Practical advice once again trumps trend stories and news analysis in Intelligent Enterprise reader appeal. Check out some of our most insightful stories of 2006.
Software as a Service Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  12/28/2006
Hosted systems can expand access to analytic information. But Ventana Research recommends evaluating SaaS models for particular business needs and to determine how they can work together with internally deployed BI applications.
Goals and Resolutions for 2007
Commentary  |  12/22/2006
The promise of a fresh start, a new leaf, new projects, and maybe, just maybe, not repeating the mistakes and bad habits of the previous year is appealing, isn't it? We asked readers and industry luminaries what they plan/hope to do differently and predict will happen in the coming year. Here are some of their answers.
Scoping Out the Emerging Spreadsheet Management Market
News  |  12/21/2006
Ventana Research expects applications that perform spreadsheet management to evolve into a $500 million market by 2011.
Atlanta Licenses Cognos BI
News  |  12/21/2006
The City of Atlanta has licensed Cognos's business intelligence platform as the software foundation of its citywide performance management initiative.
NetSuite Launches Online Employee Self-Service Center
News  |  12/21/2006
Online software provider NetSuite has launched an employee resource management service that the company says reduces costs and boosts productivity by enabling workers to perform project-related chores, and access human resource-related documents.
Sweet Suite Integration: BI Vendors Get it Together
Commentary  |  12/21/2006
Here's another sure-fire way to make BI an everyday office tool: standardize on a BI suite that has all the goodies (OLAP, reporting, query, dashboards) optimized for your different user groups yet reduces the cost of ownership. A fair few nay sayers grumble that the latest BI suites are a not at all integrated. Not true! The latest releases are miles ahead of previously disparate products. Here are just a few examples:
Access Vs. Delivery: Two Views of Content Security
Commentary  |  12/20/2006
James Governer has prompted an important discussion on his popular blog regarding enterprise content management (ECM) and Security. The architect views security as stopping bad guys from getting in (the Firewall Syndrome). The document management view casts security as assigning permissions (the ACL syndrome). They're two sides of the same coin, but they're quite different.
Companies Have Aggressive Plans for Business Intelligence
News  |  12/19/2006
Research points to significant growth in the use of BI services in the year ahead.
Enterprise Search Poised For A Shake Up
Commentary  |  12/18/2006
People often say you can't beat free, and IBM and Yahoo are hoping that will hold true in search. The two companies have released a potentially market-shaking product called IBM Omnifind Yahoo Edition that provides basic search functions for Intranets and Web sites, relying on Yahoo for Internet search.
BI-Powered Wine Guide Helps You Pick the Right Bottle
News  |  12/18/2006
Business intelligence is a great decision-support tool, so why not use it to pick the best wine for your holiday meal?
Leveraging RFID Data: IBM's New Websphere RFID Information Center
News  |  12/17/2006
IBM unveils its solution for company's looking for technology to deal with the "data tsunami" from sensors and radio frequency identification tags.
SOA for Business Intelligence Isn’t Well Understood
News  |  12/15/2006
Ventana Research explains how building a service-oriented architecture for business intelligence depends on understanding what a complete infrastructure for SOA is, and how to properly evaluate technical solutions for BI services.
Fun Facts from the 2007 Census Report
Commentary  |  12/15/2006
The latest U.S. Census report came out today, giving data analysts and market analysts plenty of government-generated statistics and predictions about how Americans will behave in 2007 (the report is actually based on 2005 data, but how much could we have changed in the past year?). Generally speaking, we're continuing to watch a lot of TV, use the Web for many things and get fat. And millions of Americans are blogging.
Three Ways BI and BPM Will Work Together
Commentary  |  12/14/2006
You've heard about operational business intelligence. The idea is to liberate BI from the gurus in the ivory tower and share it with business users so everyone can make smart decisions. Well, you can't get more operational than core business processes, so there has been a lot of talk about the combination of BI and business process management (BPM). Will these two systems become one, or are they merely complementary? I'd say the latter. Here are three ways BI and BPM will work together.
CompuCredit's Tech Mix Tackles Risks, Claims and Fraud
News  |  12/14/2006
A credit card giant demonstrates why BI, business process management and business rules are a powerful (some would say inevitable) combination.
Dashboard: Enterprise Platform and App Giants Take Web 2.0 to Heart
News  |  12/14/2006
Hype or not, all this vendor action suggests Web 2.0 will find some life inside the enterprise.
BEA Offers Preview Of WebLogic 10
News  |  12/13/2006
The key component of BEA's platform for service-oriented architectures is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of next year.
Dashboard: Whither Content Management?
News  |  12/13/2006
What's the latest direction of the enterprise content management market? That was the question mulled over during a keynote session at November's Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies.
Dashboard: XBRL Presents Boon, Not Burden
News  |  12/13/2006
XBRL will liberate financial executives, analysts and investment professionals from number-crunching drudgery.
Dashbriefs: Symantec; BEA Systems
News  |  12/13/2006
Symantec beefs up data center management software, BEA offers virtualization for Java applications.
Dashboard: Business Objects Deal Nets On-Demand Expertise
News  |  12/13/2006
Last month's acquisition of software-as-as-service (SaaS) provider Nsite gives Business Objects a leg up in on-demand delivery.
Dashboard: Office, OpenOffice Ready To Talk
News  |  12/13/2006
Novell, which recently launched a partnership with Microsoft, said it's working with the software maker and others to develop bidirectional translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between the two suites.
Dashboard: Vendors Jump on e-Discovery Bandwagon
News  |  12/13/2006
The courts just got tougher on companies that don't have their informational houses in order. And software vendors large and small are scrambling to demonstrate how their products will help companies accomplish just that.
Mission Intelligence: Reader Resolutions for the New Year
News  |  12/13/2006
We asked our readers to list their most important IT goals for 2007. Although security takes the lead again, improved stability and better productivity are also concerns. One reader summed up his goals concisely: "Simplify, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY!"
Readers' Choice Awards
News  |  12/13/2006
Value, reliability and broad applicability. These are the hallmarks of our subscribers' annual pick of preferred vendors. Check out the winners and runners-up in 37 categories.
Seven Trends for 2007
News  |  12/13/2006
Kicking off the new year, we're going for seven trends that represent the kind of moving and shaking in business and IT that will have repercussions beyond just the next release. Forget the little stuff--we're talking tectonic shifts.
Intalio Plans To Release BPM Tools As Open Source
News  |  12/12/2006
The Redwood City, Calif., company plans to offer the BPMS Community Edition under the Mozilla Public License starting in the first quarter of 2007.
HP Agrees To Acquire Services Company Knightsbridge
News  |  12/12/2006
Hewlett-Packard agrees to acquire Knightsbridge Solutions Holding Corp., an IT services company specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing and data integration. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In Focus: "Whither Content Management Technologies?"
News  |  12/12/2006
With FileNet, Stellent and Hummingbird all recently acquired, the market is splitting into platform and solutions camps. Meanwhile, the front-burner issues for users continue to be usability and content delivery.
Intalio Boosts Open Source Modeling, BPM
Commentary  |  12/11/2006
Business process management system vendor Intalio late last month announced the donation of a BPMN modeling tool and a "BPEL4People-based" workflow framework to the open source community. The BPMN modeler is now available under the Eclipse Public License, while the Tempo framework is available under the Apache Software License. Both of these donations are important, but in different ways. Here's why.
On-Demand Vendor Xactly Partners With Integrator Pervasive Software
News  |  12/11/2006
Xactly plans to embed within its sales-compensation management application Pervasive Software tools for integrating Xactly's software-as-a-service offering with customers' back-end systems.
Q&A: Amtrak's SOA Offers Better Connections
News  |  12/11/2006
Amtrak runs on legacy mainframes. To get up to date and serve multiple distribution channels without ripping and replacing, the railroad has embarked on integration and services-oriented architecture initiatives. Thomas Krotchko, director, Web architecture, explains why it's now easier to integrate, change apps and forge partnerships.
OnSite: First American’s Optimization Initiative Ends ‘Blamestorming
News  |  12/11/2006
Optimization software provided a customer's view of performance and paved the way for ITIL adoption.
Change Agent: Getting Started in BPM
News  |  12/11/2006
Most people curious about BPM don't think of it as a software technology or an "implementation" at all. They see it more as a new way to understand and measure their business.
Amtrak's SOA Offers Better Connections
News  |  12/11/2006
Amtrak runs on legacy mainframes. To get up to date and serve multiple distribution channels without ripping and replacing, the railroad has embarked on integration and services-oriented architecture initiatives. Thomas Krotchko, director, Web architecture, explains why it's now easier to integrate, change apps and forge partnerships.
Why The Wait For Electronic Medical Records
Commentary  |  12/9/2006
I spoke this week to the articulate and knowledgeable Dr. Lynn Harold Vogel, CIO of the University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center, about all the reasons why Americans don't have electronic medical records today, what the best e-health record initiatives out there today are, and how his hospital is building its own electronic records system and working to improve the way it treats cancer.
Breakthrough Analysis: Make Your Data Tell a Story
News  |  12/8/2006
Stories frame facts and organize information to bring you to a conclusion; the outcome can be a new way of seeing problems and deciding how to act.
Put to the Test: Savvion BPM
News  |  12/8/2006
Once business users master Savvion's modeling tool, it's easy for IT to turn the designs into executable processes.
Put to the Test: Microsoft Report Builder
News  |  12/8/2006
This ad hoc query tool is a free component of SQL Server 2005 and part of Microsoft's evolution from providing infrastructure to offering a complete BI platform.
Analysis: Decision Trees Boost Web Site Performance
News  |  12/8/2006
Too much data to make sense of the customer? Slow, one-dimensional analytics won’t cut it when Web site visitors need to see cross-sell offers in milliseconds. Decision trees help clear the path to buyer--and seller--satisfaction.
Strike Before Mandates Level XBRL Playing Field
Commentary  |  12/8/2006
If all companies published and analyzed financial reports in extensible business reporting language (XBRL), the emerging standard wouldn't offer the competitive advantage that it presents today. According to a report issued this week, early adopters who integrate XBRL data with performance management applications can expect to more easily: • Leverage
SEC Says XBRL Presents Business Boon, Not Burden
News  |  12/8/2006
While XBRL has already been widely embraced by the SEC and most of its regulatory counterparts, XBRL will also liberate millions of financial executives, analysts and investment professionals from number-crunching drudgery.
Tibco ActiveMatrix: Less Or More Complexity For SOAs?
Commentary  |  12/7/2006
Tibco's recent launch of its ActiveMatrix product has stirred up some discussion about whether the product suite would simplify the building of SOAs, or add complexity to an already difficult task.
This Portal Will Self-Destruct in Five Seconds
Commentary  |  12/7/2006
Microsoft SharePoint is famous for its ease of creating -- and abandoning -- local workgroup portals. As readers of our latest Enterprise Portals Report know, this has not fundamentally changed in MOSS 2007. Here's why those who require firm, enterprise-level administration and control may need to look elsewhere for their portal solution.
Microsoft Releases Test Version Of PerformancePoint Server
News  |  12/5/2006
Microsoft has released the community technology preview of PerformancePoint Server 2007, a key component of the software maker's business intelligence suite.
To Get BI to 110 Percent, Add Business Relevance
Commentary  |  12/4/2006
In my last blog, I asked you to think about how you can take your BI deployment to 110 percent of your employees. Part of what will get you there is technology dependent. The other part is business relevance. In building a BI app or report, business and IT engage in a clumsy dance of users defining their requirements and IT interpreting those requirements. If business users don't ask for it, they don't get it.
Intalio Releases Workflow Framework As Open Source
News  |  12/1/2006
Intalio, a maker of open source business process management software, has released its Tempo workflow framework under the Eclipse Public License.
If The World is Flat, Then What?
Commentary  |  12/1/2006
What is a flat world and what does it mean for businesses? Will China be the next superpower? Can we understand God by understanding the laws of nature? A panel discussion yesterday afternoon in New York City brought together New York Times columnist (and author of "The World is Flat") Thomas Friedman, Reuters COO Devin Wenig, O'Reilly Media CEO Tim O'Reilly and others for a broad-ranging discussion of the flat world, Web 2.0 and other themes. Here's what I got out of it.
Behind Business Objects' Latest SaaS Deal
Commentary  |  12/1/2006
Yesterday's announcement by Business Objects that it has acquired software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Nsite was as remarkable for what it didn't say as what it did say. Yes, Nsite is a SaaS vendor, and that should sound good to Wall Street. And yes, Nsite provides "an on-demand applications platform" as described by the press release, but that's about as generic as saying "Nsite is an information technology company." Here's why the deal is important.
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