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Lyndsay Wise

Hi and welcome to my blog! I look forward to bringing you weekly posts about what is happening in the world of BI, CDI and marketing performance management.

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Lyndsay is the President and Founder of WiseAnalytics, an independent analyst firm specializing in business intelligence, master data management and unstructured data. For more than seven years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay conducts regular research studies, consults, writes articles and speaks about improving the value of business intelligence within organizations. She can be reached at lwise@wiseanalytics.com.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Lyndsay's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

November 2008 Archives

Kognitio's announcement about partnering with Nextanalytics to combine data warehousing SaaS style with embedded analytics seems to be the way the world of data warehousing and appliances are heading in general. As organizations look for cost effective solutions (especially with the current state of the economy) the ability to combine analytics and front end BI within a data warehousing framework slowly shifts the perception of BI offerings.  With traditional offerings coming from general BI vendors, the transition in the data warehousing world will slowly change the way organizations look at BI in general and what options are available to them.

Posted November 24, 2008 2:13 PM
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Building solutions with Web 2.0 capabilities and empowering end users by making BI more user friendly seems to be the goal of many BI applications.  Traditionally, solutions were targeted towards super users but with the the shift towards BI for the masses and with the increasing use of embedded analytics to help manage performance, end users expect a certain ease of use and seamlessness when applying BI and analytics within their organization.  

Depending on the type of offerings, vendors differ on how they are starting to offer these solutions. Aside from embedded analytics, other solutions, such as Information Builders' WebFOCUS enable widespread deployments for interactive reporting, etc. making BI for the masses easier.  In addition to these two types of deployments that encourage autonomy and interactivity, solution providers such as Actuate are beginning to focus on embedding Web 2.0 components into their solutions for both developers and end users to make their solutions more interactive and easier to develop and deploy.  A beta version of their future Actuate 10 release is available for download http://www.birt-exchange.com/wiki/Actuate_10/.

Posted November 18, 2008 11:23 AM
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I spent most of last week at TDWI in New Orleans.  Although I didn't get much of an opportunity to attend the classes, meeting with vendors and getting the scoop on what different solution providers are doing always helps give me additional insights into the market in general.  With the ability to meet with many people and discuss what is going on in the market within a condensed amount of time, it becomes possible to identify some similarities or disparities within the industry at large.

One interesting thing to note is the seeming gaps between what offerings exist and what companies are actually doing.  Aside from the fact that BI is only now becoming user friendly and more available to business users, the reality exists that the pace of development is growing with technological advancements and organizations aren't necessarily following suit.  This type of trend has occured in the past with technology being able to accomodate forms of unstructured data and the like, but with organizations not being ready to take advantage of the technology.  It remains to be seen if the same will occur with todays technology.  Hopefully, the Internet and use of Web 2.0 will help propel organizations to the next level of technology use that extends beyond BI.

Posted November 10, 2008 2:58 PM
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Although I normally don't ask for participation in my blog postings, one of the purposes of social media is to initiate conversations.  Since this past week was my BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel launch of BI for the Mid-Market, I thought it would be a good impetus to get a conversation started.  In addition to mid-market research (such as my recent BI for Mid-Market survey: Download midmarket_bi.pdf ), some articles, and vendor marketing, little exists that is driven by small and mid-sized organizations themselves.  

Obviously, by conducting research, speaking to current BI users within these organizations, getting insights into what customers want from vendors offering targeted mid-market solutions, etc. it is possible to get an overall understanding of adoption patterns, gaps, awareness and the like in relation to BI within mid-market companies.  What is missing is what these organizations want to learn about, where they feel gaps exist in terms of education.  

So please feel free to let me know what you think - what areas do you feel are lacking when it comes to breaking down solutions targeted to mid-market customers? What would you like to know more about? Based on some of the BI for Mid-Market survey results it seems as if vendors such as Business Objects and Microsoft are doing a great job of marketing their solutions to mid-market organizations, but many others don't seem to have the same awareness levels. Do you think it's important to know more about all available options or is knowing about leading vendor offerings enough?

Posted November 3, 2008 8:45 AM
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