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  • Microsoft unleashes long-awaited SQL 2008 update

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Microsoft's newly released SQL 2008 R2 can support larger implementations
  • Startup pushes Hadoop via spreadsheet

    Posted April 14, 2010 - 11:40 am

    A startup called Datameer is offering a simpler way for business analysts to use Hadoop, the open-source framework for large-scale data processing on clusters of commodity hardware.
  • Microsoft links PHP and business intelligence

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    The free SQL Server Reporting Services SDK for PHP helps developers build reports and integrate them with Web apps.
  • Greenplum's Chorus builds data marts from multiple sources

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:36 am

    Database and data warehousing vendor Greenplum plans Monday to unveil Chorus, a bundle of software that allows users to quickly provision new data marts composed of many sources.
  • Oracle extends Hyperion for more financial duties

    Posted April 8, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    Oracle releases new packages for Hyperion business intelligence software
  • IBM systems signal shift toward tighter integration

    Posted April 8, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    IBM shot back at Oracle's Exadata platform this week with new server products that combine IBM hardware and software in preconfigured systems for companies doing large-scale data analytics and transaction processing.
  • IBM responds to Oracle's Exadata with new systems

    Posted April 7, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    IBM on Wednesday announced a new range of integrated systems for large-scale data analysis, mounting a fresh challenge to rival Oracle's Exadata platform.
  • Pentaho offers BI users closer involvement in development

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:02 am

    Pentaho has upgraded its BI to offer great opportunity for end users to get involved.
  • Microsoft SharePoint Bible: Your Complete Guide

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:38 am

    You may not need all the features SharePoint 2010 has to offer, but advances in areas such as social media, offline access and better CRM and ERP integration make it worth a look.
  • Inside the CIO's 'Big Four' Application Priorities

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:35 am

    ERP, CRM, BI and supply chain are among the most core applications to enterprises. Where are CIOs paying the most attention? CIO magazine's new "Technology Priorities" survey shows where companies are in their application evolutions.
  • Professors cite challenges in teaching BI

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Although BI (business intelligence) is one of the hottest areas of enterprise IT, college professors around the world say they face a variety of challenges in training the next generation of BI workers, according to a new study.
  • IBM, insurer develop 'eHarmony for the call center'

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 12:40 am

    IBM and insurance provider Assurant Solutions have come up with a project that, in the manner of dating services like eHarmony, uses analytics to match up call center callers with the most appropriate representative.
  • BP refines £4.7bn operational efficiency plan

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 11:42 am

    Changes to project and process management drive savings.
  • Stress Testing Web Sites

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    If you or your company are setting up a new web site, you might want to know how that web site is going to stand up to heavy traffic. How will it respond, for example, if 50, 100, 200 or 500 visitors are using your site at the same time? Will response time for people on the other side of the country or the other side of the world be significantly longer than response time for people across the street? You can find out how your site will respond to heavy usage without waiting for it to happen.
  • Appistry launches 'big data' computational storage system

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    Distributed-file-system approach promises to eliminate performance bottlenecks by allowing analytics workloads to go where the data is.
  • BI shouldn't look like BI on smart phones

    Posted March 12, 2010 - 6:04 pm

    The emergence of the wireless Web has brought about a mobile intelligence era where classic business intelligence (BI) reports on a smart phone won't render end users the native mobile experience they seek, said an exec with MicroStrategy Inc.
  • Ford gets scrappage boost from modelling software

    Posted March 9, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    Ford has improved its understanding of its sales leads process using a business process modelling software from Metastorm.
  • Cloud computing security challenges unite hosting providers, security specialists

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    As cloud computing adoption climbs, hosting providers are inking deals with security vendors to provide security-as-a-service options to customers. But will enterprise IT managers buy into these often novel forms of security woven into a cloud computing environment?
  • IBM speeds up data analysis with new algorithm

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 1:40 am

    IBM researchers have developed a new algorithm that could in minutes analyze terabytes' worth of raw data to more quickly predict weather and electricity usage, the company said Thursday.
  • SAP rolls out SaaS BI for 'casual users'

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    SAP made a major new push into on-demand BI (business intelligence) Wednesday, announcing a new suite that combines all of SAP's SaaS (software as a service) BI products and is aimed at "casual" users who are "underserved" by other products.
  • What Does ISO 27001 Mean to You?

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    Whether or not you have had any direct experience working with international standards, ISO 27001 (ISO/IEC 27001:2005 - Information technology -- Security techniques -- Information security management systems -- Requirements) might be coming your way. An increasingly popular and comprehensive program for information security, this standard touches on nearly everything that sysadmins do and addresses information security across the organization.
  • SaaS takes on business intelligence

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 5:43 pm

    When considering strategic business intelligence needs, would you put your faith in the cloud? The idea made sense for Distribution Market Advantage. For Creativity Inc., not so much.
  • DataFlux goes up against MDM giants with new platform

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 8:40 am

    SAS Institute subsidiary DataFlux is unveiling a new suite on Monday that combines MDM (master data management), data quality and data integration tools in a single package.
  • SAS and Accenture form predictive analytics group

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    SAS Institute Inc. and Accenture Plc. are teaming up to form the Accenture SAS Analytics Group, a joint venture that will develop, implement and manage predictive analytics solutions. The venture is a "first for both companies," according to Accenture.
  • MS Anoints AT&T as Preferred Windows Phone 7 Carrier

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    One of the most interesting things about the unveiling of the new Windows Phone 7 platform by Microsoft at the World Mobile Conference was the announcement that AT&T will be Microsoft's "premier partner" in the United States. As much flack as AT&T takes from customers and media, it is still the "chosen one" for premier smartphone platforms.
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