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April 2010 Archives

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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