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BI in Action

You may recall that in February, I wrote about a company called SQLstream, and lauded its ability to deliver elements of real-time business intelligence. Well, if you'd like to see a real-life example from the comfort and convenience of your... Read More..
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Lars and Jens Rasmussen of Australia, the creators of Google Maps, have done it again. Google Wave is an open platform and open set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that integrates multiple collaboration techniques into logical, flexible and powerful virtual... Read More..
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If you have or your company has a Web site, there's probably someplace within it where you ask people to do something - register, purchase something, or otherwise provide information or engage in a transaction. So there's a key metric... Read More..
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IBM has announced that it has acquired the assets of Exeros, market leaders in data discovery, auditing, and remediation. IBM executives said today that everyone on the Exeros team is also joining IBM, and that the acquisition is already complete.... Read More..
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As my sainted mother used to say, "where you stand often depends on where you sit." So IBM announced its Business Analytics and Optimization Services consulting practice this week. A mere two days after said announcement, I get an e-mail... Read More..
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Earlier today, I listened to a live Webcast hosted by IBM's service-oriented architecture (SOA) team. The talk featured Sandy Carter and Manoj Saxena of IBM, user Ralph Warchol, VP and CIO of Clayton Homes, and James Governor of RedMonk, my... Read More..
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A single warehouse can be a monstrously massive management challenge, on multiple levels simultaneously. Goods, vehicles, conveyor belts, people, hardware, software - a massive juggling act on a good day. Therefore a great crucible and proving ground for business processes,... Read More..
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So here's a typical BI-related dilemma. By the time you get data into a warehouse or even a database, then analyze it, the information's old, and the decision you're trying to make is in danger of being out of date... Read More..
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Boy, I do so love it when multiple minds start seeing things in similar ways in this often fractious world of business-centric IT... So IDC, respected market-watchers, have issued a release about a new study called "Economic Crisis Response: Worldwide... Read More..
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So you can't really do business today unless you can accept credit card transactions, right? You certainly can't compete effectively with larger, better-funded competitors if you don't. But if you're a small business, and especially if you're an individual entrepreneur... Read More..
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Globalization, shrinking business cycles, and increasing competitive pressures are placing demands on business managers to make faster and better decisions. Managers require both real-time visibility into their business operations and sophisticated analytical tools to help them navigate the increasingly fast paced and complex business environment.

Michael Dortch

Michael Dortch is a veteran information entrepreneur and information technology (IT) industry analyst, consultant, speaker, writer, evangelist and provocateur. He has been striving to empower buyers, sellers and users of IT solutions since 1979. Seriously! ;-)

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

Madan Sheina

Madan Sheina is principal analyst within Ovum's Software Applications group and is based in Northern California.

Madan has fifteen years' experience working in the IT industry both as an analyst and a journalist. His research covers a range of information management technologies, with a sharp focus on business intelligence, knowledge management and data integration software.

Madan is well respected in the IT industry for his clear, incisive and no-nonsense analysis style. He has advised leading ISVs on market positioning and product development strategy, IT users on product evaluation and selection, and the financial investment community on technology trends. View more


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