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December 2008 - Business Intelligence Content Archive

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Infor’s Performance Management Software Helps Companies Improve Overall Business Performance [Published: 12-01-2008]
Exclusive interview featuring Infor's Christina McKeon

Please discuss trends and best practices for successful BI. [Published: 12-02-2008] login required

UK’s NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health Selects InforSense [Published: 12-02-2008]
The partnership was created to advance the development of Alzheimer’s early diagnostic tools and develop personalized medicine treatments within mental health research.

Disruptor: The Rise of the Open Source Data Warehouse [Published: 12-02-2008]
The open source revolution is impacting data warehousing, and this article provides suggestions for getting the most out of an open source data warehouse implementation.

Business Intelligence and Video Content, Part 1 [Published: 12-02-2008]
User-generated videos present a challenging new and relevant frontier for business intelligence activities.

BI Market Overview [Published: 12-02-2008]
Business intelligence and the sub markets defined. This paper lists leading vendor products or modules per BI sub market, serving as a necessary guide for comparing like-for-like products and seeing the breadth of individual vendor offerings. login required

The Incremental Business Intelligence Infrastructure [Published: 12-02-2008]
Organizations that have been reticent in adopting a business intelligence strategy due to the risks associated with “big bang BI” are better suited to adopting an incremental evolutionary strategy for business intelligence.

BEZ Systems Receives Series D Financing [Published: 12-02-2008]
The extension of its series D financing round is from proven and successful software industry investors led by Ascent Venture Partners with Velocity Equity Partners and The Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation.

The Top 10 Data Modeling Endless Debates of All Time [Published: 12-03-2008]
Is there just one data model to solve a problem? Why are data models such a tough sell to the enterprise? These questions, among others, surface in Malcolm Chisholm's list of the top ten data modeling endless debates of all time.

Syncsort, Vertica and HP Set New World Record for Loading Data into a Relational Database for Business Intelligence [Published: 12-03-2008]
This new world record meets the growing need for faster loading speed while empowering enterprises to rapidly integrate data from disparate sources.

Experian QAS and Retail Dimensions Announce Integration of QAS Pro and Retail Pro [Published: 12-03-2008]
The new product combines QAS Pro, a front–end address verification product, with an RDI–produced Retail ProR plug–in.

Actuate's Commercial BIRT Product Line Can Now Extend IBM Rational ClearQuest Reports to Improve Collaboration [Published: 12-03-2008]
The BIRT project has delivered one of the most widely adopted business intelligence and reporting technologies with over five million downloads.

Food Pantry, Ltd Selects ARC Retail Business Intelligence from Manthan Systems [Published: 12-03-2008]
Food Pantry, selected ARC Retail Business Intelligence 5.8, a retail performance management solution from Manthan Systems.

SAP AG Announces Strong Global Momentum for its SAP for Wholesale Distribution Solutions [Published: 12-03-2008]
The SAP for Wholesale Distribution solution portfolio has attracted more than 3,700 wholesalers, making SAP the standard software provider of choice for wholesale distributors.

Information Builders Announces Six New Partners to Drive Solution-Oriented Business Intelligence [Published: 12-03-2008]
MegaMation, Accertify, iovation, 41st Parameter, Creative Data Solutions and ScottTech have co-developed specialized solutions using WebFOCUS and iWay Software to meet customer demand for enhanced value and efficiency.

Police Agencies Select SPSS Predictive Analytics to Reduce Criminal Activity [Published: 12-04-2008]
SPSS Inc. enables law enforcement agencies to anticipate criminal behavior by quickly analyzing massive amounts of incident data – along with current and developing conditions.

Embarcadero Releases ER/Studio 8.0 [Published: 12-04-2008]
ER/Studio 8.0 offers a visual representation of data lineage within an enterprise, allowing data professionals to conduct impact analysis between data sources and targets.

DFS Group Selects MicroStrategy [Published: 12-04-2008]
DFS plans to use MicroStrategy for reporting and analysis of key business areas, including sales and operations.

expressor software Ships Version 1.2 of its Semantic Data Integration System [Published: 12-04-2008]
expressor 1.2 includes enhanced connectivity for the Netezza Performance Server (NPS) data warehouse appliance, SAS, Sybase ASE and Microsoft SQL Server and repository support for IBM AIX 5.3.

The Virtual Data Warehouse (Again) [Published: 12-04-2008]
Bill Inmon provides his perspective on the problems with virtual data warehouses and why they do not work.

Data Warehousing After the Bubble [Published: 12-04-2008]
Lou Agosta describes how the current economic and political dynamics reinforce several trends in data warehousing.

CSC Announces its Board–Level Membership of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative [Published: 12-04-2008]
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative's goal is to promote the development, deployment and adoption of smart technologies.

MITS Data Management Associates Announce Reseller Agreement [Published: 12-04-2008]
For more than a decade, the MITS Discover OLAP Business Intelligence System has remained the business intelligence market leader for MultiValue platforms.

Analytix On Demand Announces it has Closed a Mezzanine Round of Funding [Published: 12-05-2008]
Analytix on Demand connects the dots across an entire organization to give companies the central truth about business performance.

Angora Solutions Selects Connotate [Published: 12-05-2008]
Angora Solutions has selected Connotate’s solution to automate the collection and delivery of unique data elements from the Web and build–up proprietary options trading data sets for its clients.

Melissa Data Releases Name Object 2.0 [Published: 12-05-2008]
Name Object 2.0 is the latest improvement to the Data Quality Suite (DQS).

Actuate Releases the Results from its Actuate Annual Open Source Survey for 2008 [Published: 12-05-2008]
The 2008 Actuate Annual Open Source Survey found that there is widespread adoption of open source software across regions.

Berendsen Selects BOARD for Budgeting [Published: 12-05-2008]
BOARD will allow Berendsen to implement a fully integrated budgeting and planning solution quickly and efficiently, with full audit and control.

GoldenGate Announces Availability of GoldenGate Veridata 2.1 [Published: 12-08-2008]
The GoldenGate Veridata solution quickly reduces business risk exposure.

Teradata Introduces the Teradata Extreme Data Appliance for CDRs [Published: 12-08-2008]
The Teradata Extreme Data Appliance for CDRs is a purpose–built platform that can load and store billions of CDRs at the lowest price per terabyte in the industry.

Cloud9 Analytics Announces its Expansion into the UK [Published: 12-08-2008]
Cloud9 and Revenue Insights will help salesforce.com customers in the region improve forecast accuracy, optimize sales resources and accelerate revenue generation.

Sun Microsystems Announces General Availability of MySQL 5.1 [Published: 12-08-2008]
MySQL 5.1 has been downloaded more than 250,000 times in the ten days it has been generally available.

Foxwoods Resort Casino Chooses the Netezza Performance Server [Published: 12-08-2008]
Foxwoods is expanding its data mart to collect more detailed gaming data and customer demographics for use in micro–targeted marketing campaigns, special offers and comps.

BlueCrest Capital Management Deploys StreamBase and Vertica’s Technologies [Published: 12-08-2008]
BlueCrest’s market data management infrastructure aggregates fixed income, equities, FX and related derivatives, exotic commodities, energy, and alternative asset classes.

Talend Launches Talend Babili [Published: 12-08-2008]
Talend Babili is an application that allows community members to translate the user interface and other character strings contained in the source code of Talend’s products into any language.

Rapid–I Extends the New Release RapidMiner 4.3 [Published: 12-09-2008]
RapidMiner is one of the most comprehensive solutions for a wide range of data analysis, forecasting, and decision support tasks.

CSC Releases a New Survey Entitled Treatment Plan: Hospitals Respond to the Economic Crisis [Published: 12-09-2008]
according to a survey released by CSC the impact is already being felt; 55 percent of hospitals have seen cuts in revenue from Medicaid payments and many are beginning to prepare for increases in uncompensated care.

Chargeback Demonstrates Ongoing Enterprise Data Management Value [Published: 12-09-2008]
Sachin Khairnar explains why usage-based chargeback is the best way to build a price-to-value relationship for data management services and suggests four basic methods for pricing enterprise data management.

Securing Your Business Intelligence Career in Insecure Times [Published: 12-09-2008]
With all the headlines about recession, depression, bailouts, global slowdown, oil prices, layoffs, Wall Street, unemployment, cancelled projects and budget cuts, what is your reaction? What can we do to prepare for the year(s) to come?

TIBCO Releases TIBCO Spotfire S+ Version 8.1 [Published: 12-09-2008]
Spotfire S+ enables statisticians and business analysts to prototype, test, and deploy analytics much faster than with alternative statistical modeling environments.

Cognizant and Siperian Announce Availability of MDM–in–a-Box for Life Sciences [Published: 12-09-2008]
The firms are targeting mid–tier life sciences companies – an industry segment that needs a MDM vision and a solution that delivers immediate business value.

Intermec Releases Intermec Device Deployment Kit to Support Microsoft BizTalk RFID Mobile [Published: 12-10-2008]
The deployment kit for BizTalk RFID Mobile extends the management and event processing experience to mobile devices and allows for communication between a server and mobile platforms.

Business Objects Announces the Next Version of BusinessObjects BI OnDemand Software [Published: 12-10-2008]
BI OnDemand is a complete suite of business intelligence (BI) capabilities, including a data warehouse, delivered on-demand.

GoldenGate and Ingres Extend Real-Time Capabilities for Open Source Customers [Published: 12-10-2008]
GoldenGate Software, Inc. and Ingres Corporation, announced that customers can take advantage of Ingres Database with the real-time capabilities of GoldenGate Software's solutions for managing the availability and accessibility of critical data.

Greenplum Delivers Analytics for EMC CLARiiON and EMC Symmetrix Environments [Published: 12-10-2008]
Greenplum Database is a part of the EMC Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/Analytics Competency Center, strengthening its support for EMC CLARiiON and EMC Symmetrix networked storage systems environments.

BOARD Forms Alliance with Thought IT Limited [Published: 12-10-2008]
The partnership will bring together the revolutionary technology of the BOARD toolkit approach and the enterprise performance management expertise of Thought IT.

Performance Management Year-End Quiz [Published: 12-10-2008]
To wrap up the year and to see if you were paying attention to the BPM Newsletter each month, Craig Schiff offers a short quiz that may help you determine if you have a future as a BPM expert.

Confessions of a Data Governance Sponsor [Published: 12-10-2008]
Jill Dyché provides a cautionary tale for those of you on the brink of enlisting the business in a data governance effort or for those on the business side considering launching an effort of your own.

GoldenGate Announces the Availability of GoldenGate Veridata 2.1 [Published: 12-11-2008]
The GoldenGate Veridata solution quickly reduces business risk exposure, by comparing different databases without interrupting systems or the business processes they support.

Kognitio Selects David Loshin in a Series of Events [Published: 12-11-2008]
Loshin involved in a series of events designed to help companies better understand how companies can take advantage of BI most effectively in the current marketplace.

Lyzasoft Announces Lyza's Desktop Analysis Software Fully Supports Fedora and Ubuntu [Published: 12-11-2008]
Lyza's desktop analysis software has been tested and fully supports the Fedora 8, 9 and Ubuntu 8.10 Linux distributions.

Vertica Participates in the New EMC Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Analytics Competency Center [Published: 12-11-2008]
The Competency Center is designed to help organizations achieve cost efficiencies and reduce time–to–value in data warehouse deployments.

A Data Warehousing Pop Quiz [Published: 12-11-2008]
Bill Inmon looks at the differences between active data warehousing and real time data warehousing.

Data Quality and Data Profiling [Published: 12-11-2008]
David Loshin describes the benefits of the combination of the bottom-up aspects of data profiling with a top-down analysis phase for establishing criteria for data quality management.

ParAccel Participates in the EMC Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence Competency Center [Published: 12-11-2008]
EMC will provide customers with the ability to work directly with the vendors to identify the appropriate and optimized solution that meets their data warehouse needs.

Accenture Survey Finds Companies Need to Improve their Analytical Capabilities [Published: 12-12-2008]
Two-thirds of large U.S. companies believe they need to improve their analytical capabilities and only half believe they are spending enough on business analytics.

Alloso Enters into an OEM Agreement with MicroStrategy [Published: 12-12-2008]
Using MicroStrategy's Web-based dashboards, reporting, and analytics, Alloso's clients can gain real-time visibility into revenue and expense information across their hospitality systems.

CSC Acquires Object Builder Software [Published: 12-12-2008]
The all cash acquisition expands CSC's global delivery capabilities and complements the company's network of lower-cost centers in Eastern Europe.

Data Governance: From Policy to Practice [Published: 12-15-2008]
Applying the processes explored in this report will result in a set of metrics that can be combined into different scorecard schemes that effectively address senior-level manager, operational manager and data steward responsibilities to support organizational data governance. login required

The Modeling Agency Releases an Independent Assessment of Adaptive Technologies [Published: 12-15-2008]
The Modeling Agency’s review validates ATi's SaaS approach as being business oriented versus technologically oriented, utilizing all available client data to deliver solutions tailored to a client's needs.

GoldenGate and Ingres Corporation Announce Customers can take Advantage of the Open Source Ingres Database with the Real–Time Capabilities of GoldenGate Solutions [Published: 12-15-2008]
Customers can take advantage of the open source Ingres Database with the real–time capabilities of GoldenGate solutions for managing the availability and accessibility of critical data.

Manthan Systems Wins The Red Herring 100 Award [Published: 12-15-2008]
The Red Herring 100 Award, a selection of the 100 most innovative private technology companies in Asia.

InetSoft Technology Launches Style Intelligence 10.0 [Published: 12-15-2008]
This major release features several advances in visualization capabilities.

SAP and non–SAP Customers Worldwide are Continuing to Embrace BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management Solutions [Published: 12-15-2008]
BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost Management is a proven application that helps business users improve financial performance.

Clarabridge and Teradata Partner [Published: 12-15-2008]
This partnership brings together technologies in unstructured text mining/analytics and enterprise data warehousing.

Composite Applications Certified by SAP AG [Published: 12-15-2008]
These certifications represent the successful completion of a rigorous series of tests to renew certifications previously earned in 2006.

Kognitio Signs Development Agreement with Acxiom [Published: 12-15-2008]
Acxiom has certified Kognitio’s WX2 purpose–built analytical database during a 20–week–long testing period, and will continue to test WX2 per the terms of the agreement.

MetroSouth Medical Center Selects SAP Solutions [Published: 12-16-2008]
MetroSouth Medical Center has selected and implemented SAP solutions to more effectively drive new levels of performance across its healthcare system in the areas of financials and procurement through financial and supply chain management applications from SAP.

Business Intelligence in the New Administration [Published: 12-16-2008]
Ramon Barquin explains why the Obama Administration will have to rely on tried-and-true business intelligence.

Business Intelligence Tools: Year in Review [Published: 12-16-2008]
Cindi Howson reflects on the impact on the business intelligence marketplace of acquisitions, predictive analytic partners, enterprise search, mashups, software as a servics and, of course, the economy.

Are there strategies to standardize on a single BI tool? Any best practices to suggest? [Published: 12-16-2008] login required

StubHub Selects SAS Visual Data Discovery for Midsize Business [Published: 12-16-2008]
Using SAS Visual Data Discovery for Midsize Business, StubHub business analysts quickly and graphically evaluate customer behavior, creating clusters of like-minded consumers for targeted outreach.

Business Intelligence Data Analysis and Visualization: What’s in a Name? Part 1 [Published: 12-17-2008]
Business intelligence terminology is often confusing, and different people use terms in different ways to match their perspective on the market – and sometimes even to suit their marketing messages. Colin White discusses with industry specialists their perspective on data analysis and data visualization, and the need for the industry to have a common understanding and definition for these terms.

Information Builders and Integral Systems Announce Agreement [Published: 12-17-2008]
The combined offering incorporates Information Builders WebFOCUS into Integral's i–Trust, creating an HR, talent management and payroll product suite.

CSC Releases Survey Entitled, “Insuring the Future: Health Plans Respond to the Financial Crisis” [Published: 12-17-2008]
Fifty–four percent of health plan executives expect small group/business plan renewal to decrease as businesses fail.

Siperian Further Strengthens its Global Partner Alliance Program [Published: 12-17-2008]
As a result of these efforts, the Company will increase its ability to drive new and risk mitigating Siperian–enabled solutions to markets across multiple industries.

Web Mining: Creating, Enhancing, Mining and Acting on Web Data [Published: 12-18-2008]
Customer interactions reveal important trends and patterns that can help a company design a website that effectively communicates and markets its products and services.

Calculations Made Outside of the Data Warehouse [Published: 12-18-2008]
At first glance, a client appeared to be violating a cardinal rule of data warehousing. However, Bill Inmon's further investigation revealed that perhaps their actions were acceptable.

Data Visualization Helps Traders Achieve Best Execution in Today's Ultra-Fast Moving Markets [Published: 12-18-2008]
Wayne Wagner explains how data visualization applications help traders achieve best execution by informing them of developing situations quickly enough to prevent substandard executions. login required

Visual Business Intelligence Tools Improve Sales and Profitability of Enterprise Software Applications [Published: 12-18-2008]
A common challenge for firms is that their existing BI tools are unable to provide executives and line managers with the ability to comprehend the big picture, identify problem areas and dig down into the details in a reasonable amount of time to make effective decisions. login required

Visual Display of Large Data Volumes [Published: 12-18-2008]
When trying to make use of large volumes of data, details are often sacrificed for overview, or the big picture is missed when small sets of breakdowns are investigated. Interactive data visualizations can provide overview in combination with full details. login required

Information Visualization Technology - A Conceptual White Paper [Published: 12-18-2008]
A significant competitive advantage can be created utilizing data visualizations by reducing costs and speeding up the decision making processes as well as ensuring that the decisions that are taken are of better quality. The ability to both analyze large amounts of complex data and manage real-time information feeds is a must. login required

Experian Announces that Oregon Public Employees Retirement System Finished Integrating QAS Pro Web [Published: 12-18-2008]
The statewide system's goal is to use accurate address data to improve overall customer support and benefit processing with the hope of promoting employee confidence regardless of the state of the economy.

Crowell Systems will Offer Users of the Medformix XXV System Integrated Ad-Hoc Reporting [Published: 12-18-2008]
The Medformix XXV enterprise medical solution offers a practical solution providing healthcare providers with the tools needed to better manage the process of delivering care.

Noel–Levitz Uses Predictive Analytics from SAS [Published: 12-19-2008]
SAS allows campuses to shape their enrollments with precision, while using scarce resources more strategically.

NC Museum of Art Selects SAS Financial Management [Published: 12-19-2008]
Using SAS for enterprise planning, budgeting, consolidation and reporting fuels the museum’s growth.

Yphise Names SAS Number 1 in its Assessment of Strategy Management Applications [Published: 12-19-2008]
According to Yphise, SAS Strategic Performance Management best covers their list of 160 functional or technical requirements.

CSC Acquires Log.Sec [Published: 12-19-2008]
Log.Sec's strong presence at APG will be significant in bringing CSC's comprehensive set of solution offerings to its clients.

Aster Data Systems Delivers High-Performance Analytics [Published: 12-22-2008]
Exclusive interview featuring Aster Data Systems’ Mayank Bawa

MindTree Implements Services in Application Testing for NFU Mutual [Published: 12-22-2008]
MindTree is delivering several services to NFU Mutual.

Gartner Positions Business Objects in Magic Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management Suites [Published: 12-22-2008]
According to Gartner, Leaders' can deliver breadth and depth of CPM suite functionality, as well as provide enterprisewide implementations to support a broad CPM strategy.

Market America Selects Silver Creek Systems [Published: 12-22-2008]
Market America will use the DataLens System to drive the categorization as well as the data quality and consistency of the over 50 million products sold on marketamerica.com.

Fantasy Football Players use SportsDataHub.com Powered by QlikView [Published: 12-22-2008]
SportsDataHub.com, provides interactive football data for enthusiastic sports fans and fantasy players through QlikView point–and–click visualization tools.

Data Warehouse Appliances: Achieving the Business Value [Published: 12-23-2008]
This research report examines the data warehouse appliance marketplace and serves as an educational piece for organizations that want to achieve business value from the adoption of a data warehouse appliance. login required

BeyeNETWORK Announces Data Warehouse Appliances: Achieving the Business Value Research Report and Web Seminar [Published: 12-23-2008]
This research report examines the nature and importance of data warehouse appliances in the areas of business intelligence and data warehousing.

Role-Based Dashboards in Retail [Published: 12-23-2008]
Different people responsible for different roles and activities in a retail organization need to look at information in different ways. This paper explains how ARC Dashboards from Manthan Systems addresses this challenge of retailers with its role-based dashboards. login required

Composite Discovery Complements BI and Data Integration Strategies [Published: 12-29-2008]
Philip Howard of Bloor Research examines discovery and associated industry trends.

Gartner Positions Greenplum in Visionaries Quadrant [Published: 12-30-2008]
Greenplum positioned in the visionaries quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for ddata warehouse database management systems.

Top Five Disruptive Technologies for 2009, According to Saugatuck Technology [Published: 12-30-2008]
Saugatuck Technology released a list of their top five disruptive technologies to watch during this current economic downturn.

Saugatuck Technology’s Top Five Challenges Facing CIOs in 2009 [Published: 12-31-2008]
Saugatuck Technology released a Strategic Perspective entitled, "Five Key Issues for CIOs in 2009," that considers the broad management challenges facing CIOs in the coming year.

New Research from Hypatia: Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment as a Service [Published: 12-31-2008]
Building the business case for investment.