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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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One of my favorite experiences in listening to or watching episodes of "This American Life," produced by Ira Glass and his team at Chicago Public Radio. The episode first broadcast on December 19, 2008 is entitled "Ruining It for the... Read More..
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I had a very interesting recent conversation with a Program Director and a Strategist from the Lotus and WebSphere portal group within IBM's software universe. IBM's Lotus and WebSphere portal solutions are popular collaboration tools, and I wanted to discuss... Read More..
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How are we doing? Is that new BI system making a difference for us? As many of you have probably already heard through various seminars and trade journals, you can't tie business intelligence and enterprise data warehouse to the business... Read More..
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IBM Leverages Cognos

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My colleague Elizabeth Book Kratz caught this nugget of valuable information related to the IBM-Cognos acquisition, buried in IBM's latest announcement about its new System z10 mainframe: IBM today is announcing new Information on Demand software for System z, including... Read More..
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Earlier this month, the BI vendor world grew just a tad smaller when BI giant Cognos announced it was acquiring performance management vendor Applix for $339 million. Craig Schiff provided some insights on what the acquisition means to the BI/analytics... Read More..

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.

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