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June 2008 Archives

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Bob Eve Vice President Marketing and David Besemer CTO at Composite Software were first up this afternoon and they are rolling out the Composite Discovery Appliance a product aimed at business analysts, managers and analytical business professionals. It does structured data search and works like a search engine.

The system interface looks a lot like a Google search box, the results from a search resemble standard search results except these results contain tables that contain what your looking for, the cool thing is that the algorithm behind the search is smart enough to identify relationships between different sources and tables. So if you enter "Widget", "Shawn", "Acme" the top result will have all three tables combined "Product', "Sales Rep" and "Customer" and when you select that top result you will get the report along with relationship navigation for the data behind it. The part that the user doesn't see is the query with three way table join that makes the final results possible...way cool.

After running the search you can save the results and the saved reports will then show up in future search results. This also enables sharing of reports by everyone on the system. The solution is appliance based so its hardware and software combined and pre-configured. The pricing model is smart too, perpetual for 150K plus support or subscription for $7,500 for initial set up 4k per month.

Phoenix Temperature Update - 109 F at 2:30 PM

Tag: Business Intelligence, Independent Analyst Platform, Composite Software

Posted June 30, 2008 3:04 PM
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Kevin Quinn, VP Product Marketing for WebFocus presented some solid examples of how WebFocus serves their clients. And then did a fast demo and built a report with WebFocus in just a couple minutes. The best part about the demo is that while report building is easy, WebFocus has a feature that lets you turn your report into an active report so that it can be shared in countless ways through portals, emails etc. The simplicity and scalability is a a real feature here for giving large user bases access to business intelligence. Other cool things include integration with open source to speed up new features in WebFocus and mobile support for reporting.

Director of iWay Product Marketing Vincent Lam followed next with an iWay Software overview. iWay is the integration product offered by Information Builders and is operated as a separate brand and company within IBI. The solution services integration needs in seven different ways.

1. Data Warehouse
2. Real-time DW
3. Operational data access
4. Federated query
5. SOA
6. Process-driven BI
7. Enterprise Search

I've always thought of Information Builders as a well kept secret. They have several great products, large customer base and solid technology they don't have the high profile that some of their competitors have. They should be on your list when looking at integration and business intelligence solutions.

Phoenix Temperature Update - 108 F at 12:30 PM

Tag: Business Intelligence, Independent Analyst Platform, Information Builders

Posted June 30, 2008 12:09 PM
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Up first this morning is SAP and Business Objects. Paul Clark, Senior Director of Marketing at Business Objects kicked things off with a presentation on Enabling Closed-Loop Strategy for Enabling Execution a couple of key takeaways are that compliance and governance need to be integrated into your processes not an afterthought outside of the on going day to day business. The underlying key to successful closed-loop strategy is part culture and part software, the culture part is probably the hardest and it includes getting everyone involved with business intelligence. The access to information continues to be the key to this strategy.

Dan Kearnan Director, SAP Business Intelligence did a great job of covering how Business Objects is fitting into the SAP Ecosystem in short the migration for SAP customers to get fundamental BO services is fast and easy. BO plans to continue to work with other data sources as it has in the past and wants to stay data agnostic going forward. From a technology standpoint its clear the merger of these two companies is a solid fit but SAP still has a long road ahead of it with regards to fully integrating the power of a combined SAP/BO. The first phase seems to be in place with many of the logical features of BO already snapped onto the stack.

Aaron Mahimainathan Senior Director, Platform Marketing SAP wrapped up the presentations and talked about leveraging business intelligence and information management foundations. Giving us insight into the MDM side of the solution

Good session its great that SAP did 2 hours we needed it just to get a high level view of all that's happening with SAP/BO.

Phoenix Temperature Update - 100 F at 10:30 AM

Tag: Business Intelligence, Independent Analyst Platform, SAP

Posted June 30, 2008 10:00 AM
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I'm in Phoenix this week at the Independent Analyst Platform an event hosted by Rick van der Lans. Rick has managed to get an incredible list of BI/DW experts to spend 3 days meeting with vendors here in Arizona.

The group includes:
Mike Ferguson
Richard Hackathorn
Mark Madsen
David Loshin
Clive Finkelstein
John Zachman
Bill Inmon
Peter Aiken
Alec Sharp
Barry Devlin
Claudia Imhoff
Gwen Thomas
Nancy Williams
Krish Krishnan
William McKnight
John Ladley and others

Today's vendors include SAP/BO, Information Builders, iWay Software, Composite Software, Serena Software

Tag: Business Intelligence, Independent Analyst Platform

Posted June 30, 2008 9:21 AM
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"All Data is Equal and Deserves the Right to Drive Business" The folks at Dataupia have come up with a witty web page that you should check out today complete with a Declaration of Data Independence.

Check out the data injustice videos while your there. Magic 8 Ball is my favorite.


Tags: Dataupia, data, business intelligence

Posted June 27, 2008 9:47 AM
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