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Bernard Liautaud and John Schwarz Address Business Objects Insight 2005

Originally published November 7, 2005

Business Objects Insight 2005 International User Conference opened to over 2,000 attendees in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms hotel in Kissimmee, Florida. John Schwarz, CEO for Business Objects, stated that “with over 33,000 customers, 3500 partners and representation in over 75 countries we are the largest pure-play business intelligence company on the planet.” The theme for the conference is: It’s Time for Performance on an Entirely New Scale.

Bernard Liautaud, Founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, identified the five revolutions in business intelligence. He stated that we “currently have revolutions that revolve around the user, platform, network, application and data.” With regard to the user, we must continue to strive for “simplicity, address impatience and provide business intelligence for everybody.” With the platform we must “standardize on one business intelligence platform,” which will provide a savings of at least forty percent and achieve greater consistency, according to findings by Forrester Research. With the network we must “reduce inaccuracies, duplication and focus on external use of business intelligence.” Bernard also stated that “relying on results from Internet search engines can be risky due to multiple sources and conflicting levels of accuracy.” With applications, Bernard believes that the major focus for business intelligence will be on “analytics and performance management” and that we are just beginning to get results in these areas. With data, Bernard stated that “data and information are growing over 30 percent per year and that most of it is underutilized. In addition, we must merge structured with unstructured data to deliver increased value.” He also stated that “RFID for retail and real-time data needs are major drivers for business intelligence today.”

The product launch of Crystal Xcelsius, which was based on a recent acquisition by Business Objects of Infommersion, is addressing the need to reduce complexity through interactive visual analytics. Also, the acquisition of SRC Software earlier this year is addressing performance management, which is giving companies the ability to bridge both their operational and business intelligence needs.

Although Bernard stressed that all companies must centralize on a single enterprise business intelligence platform, I believe that view is somewhat unattainable. We have not been able to achieve that goal with databases, applications or hardware. Due to numerous issues involving corporate politics, psychology involving change and differences in product capabilities, we will always have many providers for enterprise business intelligence.

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