Open For Business (Intelligence)
"We are the most open-source-friendly traditional business intelligence vendor." That seems to be the mantra of every BI software maker these days, and they'll fall all over each other to yell it the loudest.
BI: A Worthwhile Use For Cell Phones?
Like many of the technological devices I own, I've got a love-hate relationship with my cell phone. That said, I'm sometimes staggered by the new capabilities being built into mobile phones. Do I really want to watch TV on my cell phone? Does anyone? Is that really necessary?
The Little Guys' Head Start
"Standardization." It's a big word in business intelligence ever since organizations of all sizes stepped back, looked at the number of BI tools they were using, and realized it was, in a phrase, too many.
Multiple, Consistent Views; 64 Bits Is Better; Clarification
Headsup: SOA Consolidates as it Blossoms
The SOA market continues to consolidate, with a recent notable example being IBM's October acquisition of DataPower Technology. The deal snaps up one of the last independent startups in XML acceleration.
Reigning in Unruly Distribution
Analysts may talk up demand-driven supply chains, but manufacturers that rely on multitier distribution networks struggle for control. When high-value or regulated goods such as pharmaceuticals are involved, manufacturers have to enforce policies and rules about partner and customer access to information and inventory.
Microsoft's New Scorecard Server is Incomplete on Data Access
The people in organizations who design and build reports are very different from the workers in the same organizations who actually read them. It's the latter group that Microsoft hopes to tempt with its latest foray into the business intelligence (BI) market.
Spotlight On Risk
New regulations and threats are broadening the definition of risk and heightening the interest in enterprisewide management approaches. We look inside initiatives at three financial services firms and a utility company to learn how they're addressing Basel II, Sarbanes Oxley Act and other compliance demands.
Enterprise Risk Management: Illuminate the Unknown
Taking risk is how businesses grow; managing risk is how they sustain that growth -- especially under pressure from regulators. Here's how to assemble a risk management architecture that anticipates dangers ahead, translates data into useful decision-support information and ensures compliance. Explore how operations can benefit from analytics proven for credit and market appraisal.
Google's Web Analytics
Google, that paragon of market-breaking technology, has begun giving away its Web analytics services.
Polls And Online Security: The Readers' Take
We got a few e-mails from readers responding to my last blog entry, about executive defections from Oracle and consumers' concerns about handing over data about themselves. Between the two topics, it was clear that the impact of spyware and security breaches on consumer intelligence gained the most interest.
Oracle Resignations, Consumer Reservations
Oracle, as a company, matters to business intelligence experts. The reason is simple. If you're performing analytics, there's a darned good chance you're depending on Oracle data sources for a good part of the information you're examining. Just as with any other vendor, you want to keep up with what's going on inside the company -- good or bad.
Cutting Out Guesswork
Performance management software can help business managers decide when to do things, yes. But it can also tell managers when not to do things.