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October 2007 Archives


A great interview with Murli Buluswar VP of Insight and Innovation at Farmers. Listen to the podcast and learn how Farmers is using their internal analytics group to drive a 15 billion dollar company towards greater success.

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Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, Data Integration, SAS, The Power to Know, Premier Business Leadership Series

Posted October 24, 2007 6:07 AM
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Congratulations to LogiXML for being named to the Software Magazine 25th Annual Software 500.
The list ranks the worlds largest software and service providers. A growth rate of 86.6% in 2006 makes LogiXML the fastest growing Business Intelligence software company listed. I have been asked to delver a keynote at their upcoming LogiNexus event in January.

Tags: LogiXML, Software 500, Shawn Rogers

Posted October 23, 2007 2:40 PM
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I think if I asked this question of all my friends the answers would be centric to services and value. It stands to reason that if you can position your company as the service and value leader you will win. And I should explain that by value I don't always mean the price leader. I think many of you will agree that we don't mind paying a bit more for things if they are valuable. So with that said I was reading this article at lunch today from the Bloomberg News Service titled "UAL looks at service charges to bag revenue" If your not aware of this growing trend in the airline industry it kicked into high gear about 6 years ago when the major airlines decided to start cutting services and charging services fee's for just about everything under the sun.

The first to go were in flight meals which can now be purchased fresh from the box at the low cost of $5 to $10. United Airlines recently started to charge $2 per bag for curbside checking (don't forget the required tip if you don't want your bags to show up in a swamp in Georgia) They charge $29 to anyone who doesn't qualify for Premier Economy to sit in that section. Now according to the article United is exploring the addition of extra fee's for your 2nd bag of luggage, fees for priority baggage delivery (first off the plane), fee's for headsets, fees for blankets and pillows all in an effort according to Glenn Tilton to "drive revenue and efficiency improvements".

Maybe the title of the article should have been "Watch Glenn Drive UAL Back into Bankruptcy in Record Time". United is the major carrier here in Denver so I fly 50K - 70K miles a year on them and I can declare with certainty that the last thing United needs is more fee's and less service.

Picture this....$445.00 for the ticket, $6 to check bags, $29 to upgrade to a seat that is minimally comfortable, $5 for a box lunch, $5 for a blanket and pillow, $3 for a headset, $10 for the 2 drinks you'll need to dull your back pain and $5 for priority bag service to insure it takes less time to get your bags then the actual time it took to fly to your destination.

Mr Tilton, take the following to heart. If you polled those of us who fly your airline we would tell you the following. Fire the cranky ticket desk people, fire the cranky flight attendants, take some of your multi-million dollar salary and give it to those dedicated employees you have left after years of layoffs. Widen your seats, remove a row or two and give use some space, treat everyone like they are a 1K frequent flyer, and stop nickel and diming me to death.

Its really very simple, treat us right and we'll fly your airline. Don't and we'll find a carrier who will.

And by the way I don't know how much you spent to outfit every United gate around the country with that stupid Red Carpet lane for your favorite customers but the rest of us find it insulting that you only treat 15% of your customers like you care.

Posted October 22, 2007 2:04 PM
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We first broke the story here on the Network on 9/15/07 when our French partner Philippe NIEUWBOURG tipped us off to local coverage in Paris. I am sure a lot will be written on this acquisition and I am still not sure how I feel about it so look for more on this from me as well.

Under the terms and conditions of the tender offer agreement, SAP will make a cash offer of € 42.00 per ordinary share and for American Depositary Shares (ADS) at the US$ equivalent based on the EUR/US$ exchange rate as of the settlement of the tender offers. The transaction volume taking into account the transaction costs will be slightly above €4.8 billion. The Business Objects board of directors has approved the tender offer agreement between the two companies and anticipates recommending the offer to its shareholders subject to fulfillment of certain regulatory requirements.

Here is a link to what Howard Dresner had to say about the merger last week.

Watch for more on this on Monday.

Tags: SAP, Business Objects, Howard Dresner, Business Intelligence, SaaS, Philippe NIEUWBOURG

Posted October 7, 2007 5:07 PM
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If you enjoyed the podcast we did with Mary Grace Crissey the Analytics Marketing Manager at SAS, you might also enjoy this web event she recently hosted. It covers Resource allocation and management. Production and inventory planning, Product mix and blending, Staffing allocations, Supply chain management and optimization, Capital budgeting, asset allocation and portfolio selection, Identification of the best customer-offer-channel combinations given budgets and other constraints.

Check it out

UPDATE: 10/18/07 Check out Mary Grace Crissey's blog at BeyeBLOGS.com

Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, Data Integration, SAS, The Power to Know, Mary Crissey

Posted October 7, 2007 7:29 AM
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