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These are the Top 10 Articles, White papers and News items from across the BeyeNETWORK for the month of September 2009

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  1. Readmission Rates: A Step Toward Better Healthcare Business Intelligence
  2. The 2-Month Data Model
  3. Measuring Intangibles: Breaking Down Analytic Barriers
  4. In-Store Video Business Intelligence for Casinos/Resorts
  5. Sales and Marketing: New Face of Web Analytics
  6. The Fate of Thought Leadership in the Computer Industry
  7. Database Technology for the Web: Part 2 & Event Analytics
  8. Predicting the Future
  9. Some Short Stories
  10. Business Intelligence: Build or Buy & Considerations for Healthcare Organizations

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  1. ParAccel Raises the Benchmark Bar
  2. Starting Small, but Thinking Large and Scaling Fast
  3. Who's Afraid of Lifetime Electronic Medical Records?
  4. Information Integration: Metadata Management Landscape
  5. International Classification of Diseases: The Next Generation of Coding
  6. Guide to Evaluating Two-Factor Solutions for Healthcare Environments
  7. Reaping the Benefits of Next Generation Dashboards
  8. Transforming Healthcare Through Open Source
  9. Desbloquear herramientas de ERP, que utilicen datos de fuentes abiertos
  10. Business Analytics for the CIO

  1. SAP AG Aquires Majority Shareholding in SAF Simulation, Analysis and Forecasting AG
  2. Pink OTC Markets Inc. Cuts Reporting Time, Hardware and Programming Costs with Vertica and Syncsort
  3. Medical Mutual of Ohio Selects Callidus Software's Insurance Suite
  4. Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam Uses BI and Performance Management Solutions from Information Builders
  5. BeyeNETWORK Discusses how SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Brings Business Intelligence to All Business Users
  6. Recombinant Data Corp. Implements a Translational Research Solution at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
  7. Kalido to Directly Sell a Custom-Built Netezza TwinFin Data Warehouse Appliance
  8. EYC Selects Netezza
  9. InetSoft Technology Announces Style Intelligence for Salesforce
  10. SAP Named Leader of the Software Sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Posted October 5, 2009 5:35 AM
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I am heading to Belgium today to participate in BI-Day hosted by our partner BI-Community.org on September 17th at the Brabanthal in Leuven Belgium.

Over 300 delegates are signed up for the event along with an impressive group of vendor participants that include Information Builders, SAS, Oracle, SAP / Business Objects, Talend, MicroStrategy, SPSS, Sybase and others.

The program features 5 different tracks:
• Performance management
• Business intelligence competence centers
• Data governance/data quality
• Data mining
• Trends in business intelligence

My friend
Claudia Imhoff is the Keynote Speaker and I will be presenting the results of the recently completed Benelux BI-survey.

On September 16th
BeyeNETWORK.be and BI-Community.org will be presenting the 2009 Vision Award for Business Impact. I already know the winners and am looking forward to the awards presentation and dinner at the Koloniënpaleis at Tervuren

If you are local to the area its not to late to attend so follow a link above and I'll see you in Belgium!!

Posted September 14, 2009 5:45 AM
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The project continues to move forward at a very fast pace and I have to say much of that success is due to the team we have assembled. As I mentioned in my first post I am working with some excellent service and solution providers on this project so I thought it was about time that I let you know who they are.

Heading up the project is Steve Dine founder of Datasource Consulting here in Denver. His firm has embraced the challenge and brought a set of best practices and methodologies to the project that provide a solid scalable infrastructure but also provide the flexibility to help us evolve and grow. Datasource Consulting's expertise around lean BI, integration and cloud technologies made them the perfect project lead.

We couldn't get this job completed without the right solutions and as many of you know I am a huge supporter of open source technology. The entire platform for the Network is built on a LAMP architecture so when we sought out solutions we went to the open source community first.

Our initial challenge around this project was to identify a way to move our data off of our production environment that supports the  Network web servers to a cloud based platform. More importantly we required this ETL functionality to work easily on the Amazon Cloud and it had to be powerful enough to feed the data model and processes designed by the team at Datasource Consulting. The logical choice for us was Talend Integration Suite an open source enterprise data integration solution, designed for scalability, process complexity and multi-user development. I'd like to thank Yves de Montcheuil, Vice President of Marketing at Talend for working with us on the project. As we progress, Talend will also supply expert level assistance as we bring the data integration online.

At the front end of our project we will be using JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite where we will be able to leverage the advanced reporting, production reporting, ad-hoc, dash board and data exploration and analysis functionalities that are delivered in the solution. JasperSoft works well with cloud based data and Nick Halsey Vice President of Marketing and Product Management has also worked with us to supply professional services to leverage the platform when it goes into production.

An additional advantage to this line up is that Datasource is a Talend certified partner and Talend and JasperSoft are also partners so the synergy between the companies is exceptional.

That's it for now, I have to prepare for my reporting scope meeting with Matt Caton of Datasource I am looking forward to exploring my options.

Posted August 12, 2009 6:00 AM
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Jitterbit rolls out version 2.0 today and the newest upgrade is full of interesting and powerful features. If your not familiar with Jitterbit they are an enterprise-focused integration platform for solving SOA, Web Services, Point-To-Point and ETL challenges. Their newest version builds on a solid customer base that includes Continental Airlines, NASA, BP and a bunch more.

Some of the new features include:

  • Updated graphical workflow process designer.
  • Drag n’ Drop integration throughout the solution
  • Significantly decrease processing times
  • Parallel Processing
  • “Rapid Fire” Web Services

Here's a view of the graphical UI

The Jitterbit solution has a lot going for it and should go on your list of flexible and easy to use solutions for enterprise data integration.

Tag: Jitterbit, data integration, open source

Posted August 18, 2008 2:31 PM
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I couldn't be happier to announce that the Business Intelligence Network has formed a strategic partnership with Gwen Thomas and The Data Governance Institute. Three websites published by the Institute, DataGovernance.com, DataGovernanceSoftware.com, and SOX-online.com, will join the BeyeNETWORK today.

Here is a quick description of each of the sites.

DataGovernance.com is the web's largest, most visible resource completely focused on Data Governance. The site consists of hundreds of pages of useful resources for the professional dealing with governance or related issues, from basic information to in-depth analysis. The site also includes 'Guidance by Gwen,' in which DGI president and founder Gwen Thomas shares processes, templates, and tools, tips on getting a governance program started, and discusses the DGI Data Governance Framework.


DataGovernanceSoftware.com is the first apples-to-apples approach to looking at tools that address data governance-related needs. Vendors list products categorized by the types of governance-related functionality addressed by each solution.

SOX-online.com is the web's largest collection of vendor-neutral information, resources, humor and news about Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

I'm very proud that the Network is continuing its growth. I think this is especially important as many traditional resources in the space have reduced or eliminated their coverage of the industry. The Network now serves the global business intelligence and data warehousing market with 25 different web based communites. Having the Data Governance Institute as a partner will add greater value and content for our readers as well as open new marketing opportunities for our customers looking to reach data governance centric professionals.

Posted August 18, 2008 5:20 AM
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