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March 2007 Archives

Online banking adoption continues its upward trajectory, as evidenced by a 27% growth rate in 2005. Expect this trajectory to continue during the next five years: By 2011, Forrester expects online banking adoption to grow by 55%, to roughly 72 million households. In 2011, 76% of online households will bank online. The largest adoption growth will come from the Gen Y segment, and in 2011, 85% of Gen Yers will bank online.

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Posted March 30, 2007 8:00 AM
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Information-as-a-service has exploded on the scene over the past two years, moving from an obscure topic to one of the top usage scenarios in service-oriented architecture (SOA). Forrester expects that in 2007, a majority of large enterprises will add SOA to the list of ways they integrate information. Tools and middleware to support service-oriented approaches to information usage and integration are multiplying rapidly, as are customer case studies that show a variety of different information service usage scenarios. Early experiences with this approach show that it can deliver tangible value today in simplifying integration, but the fragmented market and lack of a single common vendor vision of what these products should do creates much confusion on the part of potential buyers. Here, we address enterprise and information architects' top questions about information-as-a-service.

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Posted March 29, 2007 8:00 AM
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The wide range of packaged integration alternatives, and resulting significant overlap of features and functions among the various product categories, make it difficult for enterprise architects to select the best alternative to meet their integration needs. Scenario-based guidance on the relative suitability of different solution types among the individual integration products can help enterprise architects engaged in the vendor selection process to more effectively evaluate the various integration alternatives.

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Posted March 28, 2007 8:00 AM
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With the announcement of the Hyperion acquisition, Oracle did, again, what it does best — made a bold play to absorb a key competitor's technology and customer base. While this acquisition appears to be primarily focused on Hyperion's strong financial applications business, it also significantly improves Oracle's position in business intelligence (BI) — two segments that are complementary and hot. The acquisition will increase Oracle's pressure on the remaining pure-play BI and business performance solution (BPS) vendors, but even more importantly on IBM, Microsoft, and SAP. First, however, Oracle must sort out numerous product overlaps and redundancies to squeeze value from the $3.3 billion investment.

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Posted March 27, 2007 8:00 AM
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Leaders of data warehousing initiatives have a limited amount of time to establish the processes and make the decisions that will chart the course of the initiative's long-term success. Organizations with the most success resolve several key issues and decisions early: setting proper expectations with the business, planning for future data growth, understanding the demands that users will place on the warehouse, and establishing repeatable processes that maintain standards even in the worst time crunch of urgent enhancements.

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Posted March 26, 2007 3:00 PM
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