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September 2007 Archives

The Man Rules
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down

These are our rules!
Please note these are all numbered "1 " ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
(You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.)

1. Sunday sports It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials..

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothings wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;
But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Posted September 14, 2007 6:10 AM
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I am in Orlando today covering one of my favorite events the DataFlux User Group. I've been to the event in the past and its always informative and fun. Some of this year's expert speakers include a keynote presentation "Foundation of Enterprise Information Management" from our friend David Loshin President, Knowledge Integrity, Inc. a Customer Panel - "Propagating Data Governance Throughout the Organization" moderated by Ron Powell, Business Intelligence Network. And a second keynote Data Governance Done Right" by Evan Levy, Partner, Baseline Consulting.

The Business Intelligence Network will be on hand doing podcast interviews so watch my blog for access to these.

More to come from Orlando........

Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, DataFlux, Data Governance, Information Management

Posted September 11, 2007 12:50 AM
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As (SaaS) software as a service giant Salesforce continues to evolve so do the business intelligence offerings that are connected to it. Cloud9 is making a splash today with two new on-demand sales analytic applications. The first is Cloud9 Messenger an application that automatically generates weekly “What’s Changed?” reports from users’ existing Salesforce data and sends them by email to sales managers’ mobile devices and it free!

The second offering Cloud9 Pipeline Accelerator, prioritizes sales opportunities, detects changes in the opportunity pipeline and connects sales reps working on similar deals.

Features of Cloud9 Pipeline Accelerator include:

  • Forecast Versus Pipeline – Trending coverage that enables sales managers to determine whether they are going to make their numbers or not.

  • Team Performance – Drillable organizational views display team performance at all levels of the organization.

  • Opportunities – Brings historical lessons and knowledge to bear on today’s opportunities to prioritize and guide sales managers’ and sales reps’ actions based on significant changes.

  • Like Deals – Fosters collaboration to speed sales cycles by correlating similar deals and connecting sales reps to share success strategies (best practices).

Cloud9 is also offering Custom Reports and Dashboards, a personalization service that will deliver any custom analytic report or dashboard in 24 hours for just $850 per analytic.

Here's another cool aspect of the product, Cloud9 get it! They understand that price is important too and in order to position yourself across a large sales enterprise it has to be priced right. As I mentioned above the Messenger product is free with only $19.95 a month per user for the premium service that allows customization of the reports. Pipeline Accelerator will be available September 24, 2007 priced at $50 per user per month following a free 30-day trial.

Cloud9 enter the market today with a dozen customers including several Fortune 500 enterprise level clients. I am not surprised and being that we use Salesforce to manage our business I am going to give both solutions a try.

Tags: Business Intelligence, SaaS, Cloud9, Salesforce

Posted September 10, 2007 12:05 AM
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If you read this blog on a regular basis you know I am a fan of business intelligence for everyone. I've talked repeatedly about breaking down barriers to business intelligence and enabling everyone across the enterprise to see and contribute to company success. Its easy for me to toss stones at the older business models and companies who are struggling to bridge the gap between executive access and everybody access.

Thats why I get excited when I see technology that is breaking the rules and getting it done. I met with Panorama last week and got to see a demo of NovaView Spotlight a solution that embeds business intelligence directly into the Microsoft Outlook and other Office applications. It is easily configured, offers collaborative tools so you can share your "dashboard" and drill down analytics that go straight to the source. The best part is it doesn't feel like BI to the business user. The system is all wizard driven allowing anyone to modify what they want to access and how. Plus you can add KPI's easily and you can publish the Spotlight numbers to an RSS feed and to mobile device as well.

I really believe in order to make BI pervasive it has to be simple, low cost and delivered in a way that removes the technology hurdle and fosters adoption. Panorama is doing all the above, pricing per seat is around $30, its easy to use and understand and they embedded it in an application everyone uses every day.

Here is a couple screen shots:

With exploded view of multiple KPI's

Tag: Business Intelligence, Analytics, KPI, NovaView

Posted September 6, 2007 6:03 AM
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Open Source solution providers Talend and SugarCRM announced a partnership today. I caught up with my buddy Yves de Montcheuil Vice President of Marketing for Talend and Paul Oh, Director of Technology Alliances at SugarCRM to get the details.

SugarCRM has just released the public Beta for version 5.0 and it's feature rich to say the least. SugarCRM has evolved from an open source project in 2004 into a serious enterprise player. They are offering 3 levels of the solution a free community version, SugarCRM Pro and SugarCRM Enterprise. As the SugarCRM solution evolves so must its partner base. Being that CRM solutions sit between numerous applications, ERP systems and multiple data sources it makes sense that they would look to Talend for data integation and ETL. Talend can match the product line up of SugarCRM as it also provides a multi level solutions structure with Talend Open Studio, Talend Integration Suite and Talend On Demand.

Both companies are serious about the partnership and Talend has gone the extra mile to become a Certified Partner making sure that the two solutions will be tightly integrated and functioning at the highest level when paired together.

Tags: Open Source, CRM, ETL, Data Integration, Talend, SugarCRM

Posted September 5, 2007 6:27 AM
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