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Craig Schiff

I am very excited about this opportunity to share my perspectives and experience in my BeyeNETWORK Blog. For those of you who may not have read my articles and newsletters over the past few years, I hope you will appreciate a vendor-independent perspective on all things related to Business Performance Management (BPM). I focus on key topics organizations should consider throughout their BPM project lifecycle, from early stage requirements definition and justification, key measure development, vendor selection and finally, successful deployment and rollout. Of course, market trends and vendor updates will also be part of the mix. Please stop by on a regular basis to see what's new, and to make this interactive, please share your opinions. If you have a specific question, contact me directly at cschiff@bpmpartners.com.

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Craig, President and CEO of BPM Partners, is a pioneer in business performance management (BPM). Craig helped create and define the field as it evolved from business intelligence and analytic applications into BPM. He has worked with BPM and related technologies for more than 20 years, first as a founding member at IMRS/Hyperion Software (now Hyperion Solutions) and later cofounded OutlookSoft where he was President and CEO.

Craig is a frequent author on BPM topics and monthly columnist for the BeyeNETWORK. He has led several jointly produced webcasts with Business Finance Magazine including "Beyond the Hype: The Truth about BPM Vendors," the three-part vendor review entitled "BPM Xpo" and "BPM 101: Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Business Performance Management." He is a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. BPM Partners is a vendor-independent professional services firm focused exclusively on BPM, providing expertise that helps companies successfully evaluate and deploy BPM systems. Craig can be reached at cschiff@bpmpartners.com.

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With the exploding demand for corporate and departmental dashboards it should surprise no one that new product is showing up on a regular basis. What is somewhat surprising is that these products are not always coming from the usual suspects. Satori Group, developers of proCube, have recently announced their own dashboard product called OneGlance. We will provide more details after we meet with them in the next few weeks. Another vendor new to dashboards is Bowstreet, probably best known for their Portlet Factory. They have released a portal-based dashboard product and we believe it is a positive addition to the space.

We recently met with the senior executives, developers, and product managers at Bowstreet. These guys have done their homework. For a group of people 'new' to the dashboard space we were astonished by how much they understood about what customers are looking for and where the challenges lie. More importantly, this knowledge is reflected in their product. Besides all the standard charts, gauges, etc. in Bowstreet's Actionable Dashboards we were most impressed by the power of its profiling technology for customized views, built-in process workflow, service-oriented architecture for easier data access,and as the name implies, the actionable and collaborative nature of it. One of the challenges of dashboards is making them truly actionable, and the portal framework goes a long way to helping achieve this goal. While viewing your key performance indicators on the dashboard you can run another application to get a more detailed view of the metric, or run an application that allows you to act on the data you have just viewed.

As the dashboard market continues to grow and evolve each new entrant needs to demonstrate some differentiators to make a name for themselves, and we believe Bowstreet has successfully accomplished this.

Posted October 6, 2005 9:23 AM
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