Profile of Doug HenschenExecutive Editor, Enterprise Apps
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of Transform Magazine, and Executive Editor at DM News. He has covered IT and data-driven marketing for more than 15 years.
Articles by Doug Henschen
posted in January 2007
Two vendors make headway in applying easy-to-use search technology to structured information and reports.
I've had a number of conversations in recent days around the theme of linking analysis to action. There's lots of frustration out there, understandably, because managers and executives increasingly have plenty of tools that spot problems -- reports, alerts, dashboards, KPIs, scorecards, etc. -- but they're not connected to levers that enable them to take action.
To bring BI insight to the masses in an engaging way, Dynamic Enterprise Dashboard tap the power of Flash and Ajax.
Everyone agrees that Cognos' purchase of Celequest, announced yesterday, will broaden the BI vendor's footprint. Celequest gives Cognos a real-time, operational BI/performance management play it lacked. That will bring Cognos into settings in which insight is only of value if it's immediate. But the true value of the deal will hinge on how transferable and how integrated Celequest's real-time technology and hybrid appliance/SaaS model will be with the Cognos 8 BI platform.
In the heady, pre-dot-bomb buzz of early 2000, I edited a feature on "21 ASPs and What They Can Do For You." They were called "Application Service Providers" back then, but that term was displaced, first by "hosted," then by "on-demand" and most recently by "Software as a Service" (SaaS). I was surprised when a quick Web tour turned up only about a third of these vendors still very visibly in the hosted/on-demand business. That should give you pause -- and reason to do thorough due diligence --
The CTO at University of North Carolina Charlotte hopes an on-demand pilot project will lead to an enterprisewide rollout behind the firewall.
Monday's announcement by NCR that it will spin off its Teradata Data Warehousing business comes as the latter faces new competition from HP and increased competition from established rivals including IBM, Oracle, SAS and appliance players Netezza and DATAAllegro. Teradata executives are sticking to the script about an independent path forward, but I won't be surprised to see Teradata snatched up by a larger rival.
I once had the pleasure of hearing Louis Rossetto, co-founder and then editor of Wired Magazine, talk about the impact the Internet would have on more-established media. It won't kill older media, he said, but it will have an indelible impact. I'm now reminded of those comments as once-specialized software vendors eye mainstream deployments.