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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. The evolving Business Intelligence (BI) technologies can help business do just that. BI is a catch word that includes a number of different technologies and capabilities including business dashboards, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), business analytics, business and performance management. All of these technologies are aimed at helping decision makers make better decisions. However, different BI tools solve different problems. Managers looking for a solution to help them understand their business better also need to understand the range of technologies and solutions available. The goal of the BI in Action Virtual Conference is to provide organizations with real world actionable advice and best practices for planning, building and managing BI solutions.
07/02/2007 Full Transcript: Gartner's Bill Gassman on How BI Drives Business Performance Gold Club Protected

Beth Gold-BernsteinBeth Gold Bernstein: Hello, everyone! And welcome to the ebizQ BI in Action Virtual Conference. I'm Beth Gold-Bernstein, director of the ebizQ Training Center and chair of the conference.

It's my great pleasure to welcome Bill Gassman, research director of Gartner. Welcome, Bill!

Bill GassmanBill Gassman: Thank you, Beth. And thanks everyone for attending this Webinar about business intelligence in driving business performance. I'm going to focus on how to achieve a successful BI program within your organization. Managing the performance of a business is a critical part of keeping a business competitive. In a robust business intelligence framework, decisions that impact the business in a positive way are going to be easier to make.

Business intelligence isn't new but it's an evolving area of information technology where many organizations struggle to achieve even a basic level of maturity. Without maturity, it's difficult to take advantage of the exciting new technologies that are coming down the pike.

I hope that after viewing this Webinar, you're able to come to a better understanding of what BI can offer and think about how your organization can improve its ability to deliver business intelligence to those that need it. In a Gartner survey of more than 1400 chief information officers -- this was published in February, 2007 -- we asked if the management of our company had the right information to run their business. Sixty-four percent said no and only 34 percent, 36 percent said yes. This is a bit scary! Each year, billions of dollars are spent on BI software and another few billion for the people and the hardware to run it.

So what's going on here? What are these people doing? We believe that the survey results are due to a number of things. First, while CIOs are usually responsible for the corporate data warehouse, only 40 percent are responsible for making sure the information is treated as a strategic asset and improving the knowledge worker productivity. In other words, corporate data is all dressed up, but there's nowhere to go. There's been a disconnect between the technical side of BI and the business side of BI.

Just look around your organization to see how many are using Excel with unqualified data to make decisions. And second, and this is a related point, with so much emphasis on building the data warehouse, there really hasn't been the time or the budget to build the business intelligence applications. But we do see that problem starting to be addressed.

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Another question in the CIO survey was business intelligence -- what was going to be the top priority of technology in your organization? And business intelligence application emerged as the top.

The investments that organizations have made in their infrastructure over the past five years puts them in a position to have that investment pay off in delivering business value. There's a good chance that your competition is part of that 64 percent, where the information to make the best decisions is not available. This may be a good opportunity here if your organization has a good BI program in place. But the opportunity could turn into a threat if building BI applications doesn't remain a top priority. So those that have seen this and are starting to invest in catching up with business intelligence, we're seeing them invest more than 10 percent of their software project on BI applications alone. So there's some really good news here.

This presentation looks into three key issues around business intelligence. First, how do organizations leverage information for making decisions and improving business performance? I'll describe how the term "BI" is evolving and give a few examples of how companies are doing it well. And then we're going to look into some trends. And the second key issue: what are the cornerstones of a business intelligence and performance management strategy? I could spend all day on this topic, but since we have a limited amount of time, I'm going to give some of the highlights of what we think is important there. And third, what are the five-year trends that you should be looking for? I'll rate some of the BI technologies and because this is a Webinar that is leading up to Gartner's Event Processing conference coming September in Orlando, I'm going to give a glimpse on how event processing, business intelligence and business process management are all coming together to create a real-time enterprise. And then I'll close with some bottom-line thoughts and some recommendations.

Leveraging information and improving performance

So, okay -- let's get on here to the first key issue. Business intelligence is not just a particular technology or product. And it's not about insights or a single version of the truth. It's an umbrella term that defines a broad range of applications, technologies and methodologies. The purpose of BI is to give users access to information and to analyze information so that users can make better decisions and manage the company's performance.

In order for business intelligence to be viewed as a success, the information and the analysis that is actually used must be actionable, it must be auditable, and the associated decisions that are made must have an impact on the performance of the company that's in line with the plans and the objections. In other words, just having a data warehouse isn't good enough. The supply and the use of BI has to become a core business competency that drives the business from the strategic level down to the process level.

The idea that business intelligence is a task for the IT department alone is just wrong! Leading companies have figured this out and have married information and strategy to achieve top business performance. Every year, the magazine Business Week selects its top performers. Each company is evaluated on a broad range of criteria. For example, the one and three year total return. The sales growth, profit, and so forth. We look a look at the annual report and the SEC financial statements from some of Business Week's leading companies and we found clear evidence that BI is part of their strategy from the top down.

So, for example: from the hardware store Lowe's annual reports. I'm quoting directly here. "We are continuously assessing and upgrading our information systems to support growth of our new sales initiatives, control costs and enable better decision making." The investments in BI are being done with a purpose. That is to manage the performance of the company, and as clearly stated, right to the company's investors.

Here is another example. WellPoint is a healthcare provider. And in its 10K annual report files at SEC, they stated "our business depends significantly on effective information, our ability to correlate pharmacy data and medical management data allows us to provide important information to our members, physicians and other providers which enable them to more effectively manage these conditions." So, we all know that there are many opportunities to improve the quality and the cost of healthcare and with the use of business intelligence, WellPoint knows that their business depends on it, so they use it. They even go as far as delivering BI to their customers.

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07/05/2007 Full Transcript: The Role of BI in SOA and BPM Gold Club Protected
  • DATE: June 20, 2007; 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
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  • Panel Leader: Beth Gold-Bernstein, ebizQ Analyst
  • Guy Weismantel, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Business Objects
  • Rob Risany, Director, Product Marketing, Savvion
  • Michael Corcoran, Chief Marketing Officer, Information Builders
  • Joe McKendrick, BI in Action Blogger
Beth Gold-Bernstein

BGB: Welcome, everyone to all our attendees and panel members to this final session of the ebizQ BI In Action virtual conference. If you missed either Bill Gassman of Gartner or Boris Evelson of Forester's presentations this morning or you'd like to recommend them to your colleagues, please know that these will both be available for archive viewing.

Once again, this is Beth Gold-Berstein, chair of the conference and director of the ebizQ Training Center. After we have an initial discussion with our panel members, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. To submit a question, press the "Ask a Question" button on your gray console. Be sure to stick around to the end of the Q&A for a give-away of four advance copies of BI for Dummies due out in September but our four lucky winners will be the first to receive the copies so be sure to stay around.

During this panel discussion, we are going to be discussing the role of BI and BPM, BI in BPM and SOA. Our panel members are Rob Risany, Director of Product Marketing for Savvion. Welcome, Ron. Michael Corcoran, Chief Marketing Officer for Information Builders, Guy Weismantel, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Business Objects Guy Weismantel, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Business Objects and our very own Joe McKendrick, ebizQ SOA and BI in Action Blogger. Welcome to all of you and thank you for joining us today.

Now, after a number of discussions at ebizQ, we decided to do a BI In Action virtual conference because we started to see a trend with companies incorporating BI into their BPM and SOA solutions. We viewed this as an important trend for business managers to understand because of the potential benefits it offers and we're going to start the panel discussion talking about these. But as we know, sometimes it falls to IT to inform and educate the business on the potential of technology so we're also going to address that side of the discussion. But, my first question, is for you: BI has been around much longer than either BPM or SOA and these days BPM is getting very popular. In your view, what is the value of BPM to the business and how does BI enhance that value?

Why BI Must Enhance; Why IT Must Educate
Beth Gold-BernsteinRR: Great question, Beth. I think what we've seen is that BPM -- business process management -- basically creates a role for business people that they haven't really had before in enterprise architecture. So business process management basically gives business people the ability to think about the things that affect them most and turn them into running solutions within the business. That's really the crux of BPM's power within the business. What's interesting is, obviously when business people are thinking about the initiatives that affect them most whether it's order management, whether it's managing customer satisfaction, depending upon your industry, the issue that really comes into is what information is critical to you to be able to support the decisions you have to make for those mission-critical processes.

BI creates a business face for the data, BPM creates a business face for the process while SOA is an underlying approach for building applications across the business.
                                     --Robert Risany

And that's really the role that BI has in the context of BPM. It's about providing enough information so that the process solutions that are created by business people used in conjunction with IT have enough information so that the right decisions can be made. And there's a lot of different types of information that are available depending upon the time frame, the types of processes you're supporting but the real crux of BI with BPM is providing the content in the context of the core processes and that's really the relationship there. On the SOA side, SOA is the infrastructure which IT uses to enable the business initiatives and so what we see with our customers is the most successful SOA-oriented companies that are leveraging the power of service oriented architecture realize that BPM can create a business face for SOA and that's then the relationship between the three. So BI creates a business face for the data, BPM creates a business face for the process while SOA is an underlying approach for building applications across the business.

Making BI Proactive

BGB: OK. Thank you, Rob. Now, Guy, Business Objects is a BI company that has been around for awhile. How would you describe the role of BI in the business and how do you think it enhances these new business initiatives?

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Guy WisemantelGW: Well, thanks Beth. There's a lot of ways that Business Intelligence today is being embedded within company processes and company operations to go ahead and make better use of the information that organizations have within their four walls and within their data structures today so the interesting part about Business Intelligence today is how it's going very much from a backward looking view of what we used to do with the business and becoming as Rob mentions, much more process-aware and much more ingrained in the context of how people solve the key business problems they have and solve the business challenges in front of them. So, as companies have started to make better use of their information, get more timely in terms of the use of their data and their information, they've been able to marry up that data with the specific processes they use to go ahead and solve the business problem or address the issue in front of them.

So, a really easy example if we see that our sales forecast is headed down and not going to make our revenue forecast that we committed to, you know, the Vice President of Sales previously, you know, we kind of had a trailing view of what was happening. We could see that, yes, our sales were definitely headed down. But people are really changing the way through BI that they use this information and to more proactively look ahead of the curve and say "gosh, we've got, you know, two weeks or so left in the month of June, I see that I might not make my sales target so now I have, you know, an opportunity before the quarter closes, before the month-end to go ahead and take some corrective action and how can I use this information at hand to understand if I need to, you know, do something with my inventory, change my product mix, change my pricing, run a promotion" and where we marry up with business process management is to embed ourselves how a company would handle that situation in the absence of BI. So, BI can get you, kind of, you know, part of the way there, even most of the way there giving you the insight to say "Aha, it's this product that's causing the issue or this region or this sales person" but then we marry up with the processes that are in place and the processes that folks like Savvion put into the business to go ahead and make sense of the information so the end user and the company can actually make the right decision with the right data that they have within their company today.

Combining BI and BPM: Better Processes for Smarter People

BGB: Thank you, Guy. So, we've talked about how both BI and BPM provide business benefit. Michael, can you tell us what kind of business problems or solutions can be accomplished using BI and BPM together that can't be done with either of them alone?

Michael Corcoran MC:: Absolutely, Beth. At Information Builders we've kind of had a unique opportunity and perspective because we have two separate, well, we're one separate lines of businesses. One is our business intelligence business with focus. The other is something called iWay software which is much more focused on operational systems integration and process management. And what we've really learned over the last couple of years is that the wall between these operational systems and these BI systems is really coming down. Business intelligence is no longer a 9-5 job that just happens in the back office. It's really infiltrated down to a process level so there's two opportunities for organizations to really improve the business.

One would be to use BI technology and leverage better integration to bring much more real-time information to people who are directly engaged in a business process. How can we make them more intelligent? But then there's another emerging opportunity which is where you take the technologies and merge them together. You have an opportunity to automate the intelligence somewhat. You have ways to bring what we call BI down to a process-driven level and there are three things you can do there.

And what we've really learned over the last couple of years is that the wall between these operational systems and these BI systems is really coming down. Business intelligence is no longer a 9-5 job that just happens in the back office. It's really infiltrated down to a process level so there's two opportunities for organizations to really improve the business.
                                     --Michael Corcoran

One is to really enable some true event-driven alerting of business events and business agents without a process. As BI vendors, we've all been kind of focused on this problem for a number of years but a lot of the focus has been on polling of data and information that is just stored in databases. What we can, today, do with real-time integration technology is to really look at events as they flow through our systems at a transaction level, almost, in a process. At any point in the process, we have the ability to alert people as to events that are happening. You have more formal process monitoring is what Gartner calls business process monitoring or BAMs -- business activities monitoring. And within those two opportunities, we've obviously seen BI being used in a lot more real-time model which really exciting to us will be the new wave that we see which is how do we take BI and truly embed it down into the business process itself and, you know, both the speakers before talked about the relationship with SOA and BPM and BI. These three technologies come together in ways where we'll be able to build much more intelligent processes, not just smarter people in our organization.

The Killer Apps: BI and SOA

BGB: OK, excellent. So, now we've established the links certainly between BI and BPM as well their separate disciplines and technologies and each delivers unique benefits on their own to the business but together they are creating new opportunities for delivering business's ability and intelligence. So, how we started this discussion on the business side, now let's turn to how we deliver these solutions and as Rob alluded to, the SOA side of this story while neither BPM nor BI require SOA for implementation, they both benefit from being implemented on top of the SOA infrastructure. Joe, what do you see as the relationship between BI, BPM and SOA?

Joe McKendrick JM:: Thanks, Beth. Well, I think Rob hit it when he described SOA as the infrastructure enabler for BI and BPM. SOA is essentially so the IT - information technology folks -- can contribute to the story and it's interesting because there's been a lot of discussion in the SOA world about what will be the killer application that will really drive SOA implementations forward and I think and I've seen quite a bit of agreement on this that BI and BPM and BI in particular will be that killer app, so to speak, you know, there's the question of what comes first, the chicken or the egg, you know.

Most data and most applications still reside scattered across the enterprise and something needs to bring those, that data and those applications, that logic together into a single place and SOA is that enabler.
                                     --Joe McKendrick

Do you develop the SOA and then put BI on top of that or do you have BI that will kind of evolve a SOA infrastructure underneath and then it's probably going to happen both ways and I think what the need is what companies, what enterprises need at this stage are a single view of the truth, a single view of their enterprises, a single view of their data. There's a lot of emphasis on corporate performance management, the dashboards, being able to look at what's across the business, across your enterprise, what's happening. There's an emphasis on competing on analytics, the ability to employ BI and analytic technology to gain the competitive edge in your business.

And none of this is possible without an enterprise view and unfortunately, most companies these days are stovepipes, you know, it's still a challenge. I know stovepipe is still kind of a cliché term but it's still a challenge. Most data and most applications still reside scattered across the enterprise and something needs to bring those, that data and those applications, that logic together into a single place and SOA is that enabler.

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BGB: OK, thank you, Joe. So, let's turn our discussion to BI in action. Rob, what are Savvion customers actually doing with this technology?

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02/07/2007 Where Does the Arrogance of IT Lie? Gold Club Protected
Consider that the IT-business divide is difficult to bridge precisely because IT keeps thinking of “special technical solutions” for what are essentially ‘end-to-end’ problems in business processes. Rules can’t be managed? Use a BRMS. Data can’t be managed? Use EDM. You don’t know what the data means? Use metadata. You don’t know what happened? Use BI. Need to manage customers and prospects? Use CRM. Can’t find all your documents? Use ECM. Need to comply with SOX? Buy some shrink-wrapped panacea.
07/09/2007 Full Transcript: Forrester's Boris Evelson on the State of the Business Intelligence Market Gold Club Protected

beth_goldbernstein_sm.jpgBeth Gold Bernstein: Hello, everyone! And welcome to the ebizQ "BI in Action" virtual conference. I'm Beth Gold-Bernstein, director of the ebizQ training center and chair of the conference. Before introducing this key note presentation, let's review our interactive environment. You can chat with other attendees, send a business card, or leave a message. Note the tool bar at the top of your screen, where you will see "My Briefcase." That's where you can retrieve the business cards, messages and files that you download during the conference. To download a copy of today's presentation, click the "Files" button on the grey console.

After this presentation, we will take your live questions. You could submit your questions by clicking on the "Ask a Question" button on the gray console. To enlarge any of the slides, click on the magnifying glass, that plus sign to the right of the slide.

Now, it's my pleasure to welcome Boris Evelson, principal analyst at Forrester, who is going to enlighten us on the current state of the business intelligence market. Welcome, Boris!

Boris_Evelson_sm.jpgBoris Evelson: Well, hello and good day everyone! Beth, thank you very much for that nice introduction. I hope everyone is doing well today and I thank you for joining me in what I hope will be a very informative presentation for everyone. I'm assuming everyone can see the slides and can see the controls for chat and etc. And I hope you can see an "enlarge" button in the upper right corner of the slides. So I will be showing some graphics and there will some small text in my presentation, so feel free to navigate the screen and enlarge it as you feel as needed.

So, let's proceed. What is this mysterious and often-mislabeled term, "business intelligence?" This is what we are talking about today. Let's get on the same page here. Let me first of all, start by saying that the information revolution is manifesting itself by producing mountains of digital data and that is becoming more and more challenging to process and analyze. And not only are we generating more data every day but our approach to data analysis, such as structured databases, indices in databases, distributed data architectures, all of that is also contributing to data growth.

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And, furthermore, increasing importance of unstructured data, which we will talk about later in the presentation, increasing importance of that to making an informed and effective business decision, adds to data proliferation in business intelligence environments. So in response to these mountains of data and constant, ever-changing information requirements, we have come up with a set of methodologies, processes, architectures and technologies that transform all this raw data into meaningful and useful information.

So contrary to a more popular definition, in my opinion, business intelligence is much more than just reporting, dashboards and analytics, which is what you typically hear out there and we will see that further down in the presentation.

In today's presentation, I will cover several areas: First of all, I will talk about the fact that even though business intelligence has been around for decades, we've definitely seen quite a significant re-emergence of interest in business intelligence applications and various BI offerings by BI vendors. We will also talk about how I define the business intelligence market segment and we will go through some of the major players of the market and talk about the strength and weaknesses. I will then show everybody where I think the market is going in the next few years and we will wrap up with the most important topics, such as best practices and recommendations.

Re-emergence of BI applications

So let's start with why I think there is a re-emergence or an up-trend in business intelligence market. I've been in this business for over 25 years and I've seen many ups and downs in this market. However, lately there is definitely significant up-trend in this market and I am attributing it to least to, there are many more reasons, but am attributing it to at least two major reasons. Let's go through them.

First of all, is that being efficient -- keyword here being efficient -- is no longer enough. Enterprises can no longer stay competitive just by squeezing more efficiencies from operational applications such as trading, clearing systems, ERP, CRM, supply chain management, etc. Now buiness intelligence applications are needed for businesses and processes and business operations to become more effective. Key word here: effective.

So, for example: operation applications such as servicing, customer service CRM can be used to efficiently process a customer credit application. But I need business intelligence analytics to effectively create a customer segmentation analysis in order to extend the credit offer to much more targeted customer segment, so that I can get a better response and I can get better cross-sell and up-sell ratios. This is how I stay competitive these days.

The second reason that business intelligence is in an up-trend is that multiple factors, such as globalization, increased competitiveness, amplified emphasis on operational risks and regulatory compliance, mountains of device-generated data. Now these are just a few of many drivers behind continuous exponential growth rates of digital data our world produces. It's really easy to see how companies today are swimming and in some cases, are drowning, in data.

...it's been estimated that the volume of world data doubles approximately three years. So as recently as 2003, the world's information production was 5 exobytes. So that's the number five with eighteen zeros. To put that into context, 5 exobytes is the equivalent to the amount of information contained in 37,000 libraries, the size of the Library of Congress, or one gigabyte for every person, for every person on earth.
--Boris Evelson

To be more exact, it's been estimated that the volume of world data doubles approximately three years. So as recently as 2003, the world's information production was 5 exobytes. So that's the number five with eighteen zeros. To put that into context, 5 exobytes is the equivalent to the amount of information contained in 37,000 libraries, the size of the Library of Congress, or one gigabyte for every person, for every person on earth. And growing at about 30 percent a year, we'll reach zetabyte sizes by 2010. That's a number with 21 zeros. And I and my colleagues that I'm sure are on the phone today, we are the ones that have to deal with it because most of the data is stored in magnetic media and that's the data that we deal with every day.

To ask to the tall tasks companies are facing today such as capturing, maintaining and utilizing the right data at the right time, is the fact that the vast majority of data is unstructured with current estimates hovering around 80 percent. So what is being done to deal with this challenge today? Well, business intelligence is moving towards encompassing both structured and unstructured data, traditionally two separate worlds.

Some call it Data Warehousing 2.0 or DW 2.0. It's a move certain to make analytics significantly more comprehensive and effective. But, unfortunately, infinitely more complex. The unstructured data that companies need isn't also readily available from within. Most of the time, it's outside of the company and it's in exobytes. So business intelligence architectures will need to be highly scaleable, flexible and even more capable of managing large loads of both structured and unstructured data from disparate sources.

Defining business intelligence and looking at vendor offerings

So now that we understand the why's behind business intelligence market growth, let's get on the same page as to what it is. Remember how I defined business intelligence at the beginning of the presentation? I defined it as a set of methodologies, processes, architectures and technologies that transform all this raw data which is talked about and the meaningful and useful information. You can actually see on the slide, and my apologies for small print, please feel free to use the enlarge button. But there was no way around this. There were indeed too many components that I wanted to show on one slide.

So, as you can see, I track around eight major layers or sections in this entire environment and a total of over 50 individual components. So even though we don't need to implement every component in every case, but a good majority of these components are needed for successful, scaleable and useful business intelligence implementation.

As you can see what many define as business intelligence, namely just reporting, dashboards and analytics that you see in the middle rows of the scene, they're really nothing but a few components of the so-called presentation layer. And that presentation layer is just one layer of what I call "business intelligence stack." So these cannot exist alone in isolation for most of the other components that discover the data, transform the data, cleanse the data, model the data, and provide a multitude of other supportive and related functions that are necessary for effective business intelligence implementation. So, that's it's quite a bit stack.

...no vendor offers the entire solution on a single platform, although some vendors are getting close.
--Boris Evelson

Let's move on to the business intelligence ecosystem. And if you recall, the 50 or 60 components that you saw on the previous slide, the key point here is that almost no vendor offers the entire solution on a single platform, although some vendors are getting close. So who are the major players in this business intelligence and what I call, for lack of a better word, ecosystem? So we have so-called pure plays that offer parts of the solution. Companies like Cognos, MicroStrategy, Actuate and Information Builders offer reporting and analytics. And companies like Informatica and Abenitio provide data integration services.

In this particular section, companies like Business Objects and SAS actually come closest to offering almost the entire stack of components in this category. When a company wishes to deal with only a single vendor for all or most of the enterprise applications, not just business intelligence, and we look for so-called "platform vendors" such as Microsoft and Oracle.

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