A grueling, around-the-world boat race illustrates how business intelligence technology is finding use beyond the world of business.
Citigroup Manages by the Dashboard Light
Asset Management unit has added human workflow and business activity monitoring to its business process management BPM environment to graduate from automation to intelligent decision support.
Racing Boats Compete With BI Onboard
Yachts now sailing in an around-the-world race are using a business performance management application to achieve best speeds and measure crew performance.
64-bit computing will have a revolutionary impact on business intelligence, in terms of data processing capabilities, reporting complexity and data integration speed.
SAP Acquires Lighthammer
Lighthammer's Collaborative Manufacturing Suite will be delivered as an SAP xApps composite application on the SAP NetWeaver platform.
In On XBRL's Ground Level
Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) continues to gain steam as the data-formatting standard for information on publicly traded companies. Now BI vendors are getting on board -- or at least one is.
Business Objects, integration software firm Ipedo and financial information source Edgar Online have combined elements of their technology to produce a joint XBRL-enhanced BI tool. The goal: Make it possible to cull business
In On XBRL's Ground Level
One BI vendor is wasting no time ensuring it'll be able to serve up XBRL-formatted business information -- as soon as the user community decides it wants it.
Of Barbeques and Business Process Management
Did you enjoy last weekend's barbeque? You probably didn't give much thought to the business of getting that gas from the ground into the tank you picked up at the home center, but it's quite a process.
Contests, BI And CRM
Our Great Tech Call-'Em-Like-You-See-'Em Contest draws your attention to hardware as we draw your attention to BI's roles in IT services and CRM.
Insurer Gains Productivity by Sending Employees Home
At United Guaranty, a unit of insurance giant AIG, business process management (BPM) software is helping the company shift employees to home offices all while getting a better grip on its mortgage underwriting and mortgage insurance processes.
In Focus: Microsoft's XML Move Will Hasten a New Era
I'm old enough to remember the dawn of personal computing and the boon to productivity brought on by desktop applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. I'm sure Microsoft's embrace of XML-based file formats in Office 12 could bring as big a sea change for business, but you wouldn't know it reading most press coverage to date.
See 'Em. Call 'Em.
We invite you to enter a contest, and to learn a little about open-source BI.
Target And Suppliers Using RFID, Sources Say
Suppliers are now shipping cases and pallets of goods affixed with RFID tags through Target's Tyler, Texas, distribution center to 10 regional stores, participants and observers say.
BI Jobs On The Rise
More evidence indicates BI hiring is growing on both the user and vendor sides.
When Your E-mail Reads Your Mind
Imagine being handed just the information you need, right when you need it. You don't have to imagine much longer, as Microsoft's Information Bridge Framework lets you right-click from Office applications to contextual details formerly buried in back-end systems. In a sense, e-mail messages (or documents, spreadsheets or presentations) will read your mind because you'll be able to click on keywords and gain insight without opening separate apps such as SAP, PeopleSoft or BusinessObjects.
Headsup: E-Tailers Leave Money on the Table
How long will it take to get this consumer Web commerce thing right? Ten or so years into it, many e-tailers, including very large brick-and-mortar retailers, are still leaving money on the table with sites that deliver bad user experiences.
Composite Application Views; Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor 6.0; Ipedo XIP 4.0; Bowstreet Dashboard Solutions
The Art of Integration
New York's Museum of Modern Art took a composite apps approach for fast low-cost development.
Do-It-Yourself XBRL; Performance Management: Fact or Fiction?
IBM and Partners Vow to Break IT Cement
Forget code generators. It's time to reach for the jackhammers. "Historically, information technology has poured cement over business processes," said Steve Mills, IBM Software Group senior vice president, at a gathering of the group's top 200 customers in San Francisco.
Well on Our Way to SOA? Still Much To Do
If you attended SAP's SAPPHIRE user conference in Boston, you were inundated with hype about SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) -- SAP's own brand of service-oriented architecture (SOA).
The Elephant Has Left The Building
The long reign of lumbering enterprise applications is coming to an end. Frustrated with vendor lock-in, high licensing and consulting fees and inflexibility, companies are turning to composite app development, which promises faster deployment for relative peanuts. The new approach starts with a portfolio of services, but enterprise architects and developers must follow principles that promote modular assembly. Try these best practices for designing reusable services.