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Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization performance leader, recently announced it is listed among eight vendors in a newly published report, Agile BI Out of the Box, (April 2010) from Forrester Research Inc., an independent research firm.  The report concludes, Agile BI is clearly here to stay and succeed, since most traditional, non-Agile BI platforms and applications will be increasingly challenged to keep pace with a world moving at lightning speed.

The report is available at Forrester Research.

Posted May 3, 2010 8:08 AM
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Endeca Technologies, Inc., a search applications company, recently announced the availability of Agile BI: Best Practices For Breaking Through the BI Backlog, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on its behalf. The study reveals that while business intelligence (BI) adoption continues to skyrocket, current tools are not meeting increased and changing information demands. According to in-depth surveys of 226 business and IT professionals, a significant number of knowledge workers experience BI decision-making shortfalls, with 45% of respondents citing that current BI applications are difficult to learn and navigate. The study found multiple reasons for the limitations and inadequacies inherent in traditional BI and recommends several steps to address the challenge, including agile BI.

For a complimentary copy of the study, please visit: www.endeca.com/resource-center-analyst-reports-agile-bi.htm. Read Chief Strategist Paul Sonderegger's perspective on the survey results at Endeca's Search Facets blog: http://facets.endeca.com/2010/04/how-big-is-the-bi-backlog/

Posted April 26, 2010 8:56 AM
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According to recent research on the use of open source business intelligence (BI) published by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company, top performing companies were significantly more effective at deploying open source business intelligence solutions. The research, "Open Source Business Intelligence: The Cost, Utilization and Innovation Factors that Matter," showed that the top performing 20% of firms are more than 50% more likely to deliver open source BI projects on time than their peers, and have over two and a half times more self-service BI users than other organizations.

"Forty-eight percent of the open source BI users in Aberdeen's survey have annual revenues of $50m or less, whereas only 37% of the users of traditionally licensed BI products are that small," said David White, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "It's clear that for some the options were open source BI, or no BI at all. For organizations with small BI budgets, open source may be the only viable option. In that sense, for smaller organizations, open source BI may be truly a game-changer, providing insights that would otherwise elude them."
A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part to the following underwriters: Pentaho and Talend. A complimentary copy of the report can be obtained by visiting http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=6445&camp2

Posted April 8, 2010 7:53 AM
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Age, job role and gender are three considerations that will impact the ease of use of a business intelligence (BI) tool in addition to familiarity and training. This report authored by Cindi Howson looks at the impact of the user interface and emphasizes the importance of ease of use in ensuring widespread BI adoption.

Cindi presents her findings in an on-demand webcast available at. Click here to watch.

The complete report is available for download here.

Posted April 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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In a recently released study, RONIN polled nearly 1,500 companies across 12 countries on how the recession is impacting their companies and it reveals that there has been little change in sentiment in the past 12 months. Throughout the period, 87% of companies have been negatively impacted, with 48% being "strongly" or "extremely" negatively impacted.

The study has focused on the IT function in companies and shows that they too are as affected negatively by the economic climate as was the case during 2009. This has resulted in an expectation that external spending on computers, software and related services will be flat compared with 2009 (which was 5.3% lower than the 2008 levels).

Two other major themes emerged from the study.

The first relates to the way companies as a whole are reacting to the recession. The study shows that there is a significant bifurcation between companies which are taking short-term actions concentrating on cost cutting and leaving strategic aspects until they emerge from the recession ("short termers"), and companies which are taking advantage of the recession to re-think their business models and develop strategies which will allow them to emerge stronger ("strategics"). It is clear from the study that the "strategics" have embraced technology more and are implementing initiatives to expand the systems and infrastructure to help them emerge with competitive advantage over the "short termers." They believe they will emerge stronger, whereas the "short termers" believe they will not.

The study also reveals that there will be a recessional realignment - behaviors post-recession will be different rather than reverting to the pre-recession approaches.

There are five major aspects of change - the first is the increased customer power that buyers have had during the recession, which seems unlikely to be relinquished in the slow emergence from the recession and afterwards. Coupled with this is the belief that the "recession pricing" that many vendors adopted during the recession to make some (albeit lower) margins rather than none will be insisted on going forward. The third aspect is the insistence on flexibility and variability - fixed-cost structures are being replaced by variable-cost structures. The fourth, and related, change is the shortening of cycle times for planning, budgets and projects. The five-year plan is a thing of the past. The complex, integrated, five-year project with payback only after that time has given way to a series of short phases with interim payback as each phase is completed. And the final change will be increased risk avoidance, which will encourage companies to buy mainstream or advanced rather than "bleeding edge" technology.

Posted March 30, 2010 10:41 AM
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