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Ron Powell

Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

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I was recently briefed on TIBCO Spotfire 3.1, the latest version of their in-memory analytics platform. What I found very interesting is that this new version makes it easy for anyone in the enterprise - it doesn't matter if they're a business, technical or scientific user - to analyze complex data.

Here's an example that I'm sure marketing managers will find especially useful. A user can highlight a series of points on a graph and press a button to project it into the future. Just like that -- with the press of a button! The manager doesn't have to make a decision based on "gut instinct." The product will extrapolate how the points on the graph are related.

And the new version has improved exploration and data analysis features using hierarchical clusters and heat maps. There are even drag-and-drop user functions to do what-if analyses. You can get more details on this new version by reading the company's press release.

It's great to see TIBCO Spotfire step up to the plate and hit a home run!

Posted March 9, 2010 3:03 PM
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