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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.

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January 2010 Archives

Earlier this week I had a briefing with Visual Mining to learn about their new release, NetCharts Performance Dashboards (NCPD) 2.0. Aside from being impressed with their demo, one of the things that I noticed was their focus on the business user. Their key target is mid-market CFOs, but with that comes the realization that in order for dashboards to be successful within mid-sized organizations, they need to be easy to use, to develop, and to customize at the individual user level.   Otherwise they defeat the purpose and can’t provide great business value to business users. In addition, they back their new solution with a risk free money back guarantee.   This means that in addition to providing a dashboard solution that is easy to interact with, they are giving mid-market companies a way to engage in dashboard deployments without the risk inherent in a high cost project with variable returns.

Due to the increase in free software offerings that give companies free access to software, solution providers are starting to develop alternative ways to compete with these free offerings while giving future customers added value.   Mid-market companies are now able to evaluate solutions and deploy dashboards or business intelligence solutions without having to worry about failed projects and wasted budget allocations. Overall, it is interesting to see the increasing focus of dashboard design that targets business users as well as provides dollar value to the overall organization.   This combination will help the role of dashboards expand within the organization both in terms of usage and popularity.

Posted January 26, 2010 4:27 PM
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Last week Jaspersoft announced their latest release 3.7 and Enterprise addition.   Overall, the expansion of Jaspersoft’s Enterprise addition to the mix of traditional open source BI highlights the direction of the BI market overall. Companies are starting to look for alternative solutions that provide strong features and functionality but that do not require large implementation and maintenance costs (in comparison with some traditional BI offerings).   Although open source continues to remain free for the developer community, because of the ability to develop solutions more quickly, open source BI providers are starting to focus on commercial offerings to give companies the benefits of continual improvements to solutions and easy maintenance. And on the side of organizations, many are beginning to evaluate open source BI within the mix of their overall business intelligence software evaluations.

Here are some of the highlights of Jaspersoft’s announcement:

  • configurable in-memory, allowing end users/IT to define where the processing gets done
  • new features including partial pivots, advanced sorting, dynamic slicing and filtering, etc.
  • advanced visualizations and animations using Adobe PDF and HTML
  • extended Web services
  • online/hosted context sensitive help

Posted January 18, 2010 3:52 PM
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This month Dashboard Insight has devoted their month to new dashboard and BI solutions and technology for 2010. In general, many people start off the year by looking ahead, or even back, and trying to surmise what will be.   Here is some interesting content that has already been developed that is related to upcoming trends and what the market has in store for companies this year:

Posted January 12, 2010 3:43 PM
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