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  • TomorrowNow litigation drags SAP Q4 profits down

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 4:31 am

    SAP saw revenue rise 27 percent in the fourth quarter but profits dropped by more than a third due to increased provisions linked to litigation with Oracle related to its former TomorrowNow unit, the company said Wednesday.
  • GE gets smart

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 10:33 pm

    Business analytics continues to be a hot target for acquisitions. This trend continues with the GE announcement that it would acquire advanced analytics vendor SmartSignal.
  • When is good design a bad idea?

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    The design concept is an art in itself; the concept of design is to build the damn thing rather than just showing me a picture.
  • HP officially lays Neoview to rest

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    Hewlett-Packard has officially consigned its Neoview to history, less than four years after introducing it to the market as the companys core offering in the Business Intelligence space.
  • MicroStrategy ramps up its BI strategy for iPad, iPhone

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 10:30 am

    MicroStrategy will announce a series of new BI (business intelligence) products for Apple mobile devices, transactional data systems and on-demand deployments at its annual user conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
  • Browsers to defend privacy where feds won't

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Google, Microsoft and Mozilla are competing to see who can come out with do-not-track features in browsers first; now about halting tracking at its source.
  • Self-service BI catches on

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    The Great Recession caught most of the used-car industry by surprise. But Dealer Services Corp. (DSC) got a heads-up from its newly deployed business intelligence system.
  • BI Tools Can Help Evaluate Green Programs

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Business intelligence systems can be used to analyze data about a company's progress in meeting its environmental goals.
  • 'Big data' to rise in 2011

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    Among the continued maturation of cloud computing and increasing competition between tablet manufacturers, 2011 is expected to see higher use of multi-terabyte datasets for business intelligence and analytics, otherwise known as "big data".
  • Why some companies are ditching their spreadsheets

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Until a few years ago, Thule Group's North American division would have been considered a "classic spreadsheet-driven" company, according to Vice President of Finance Mark Cohen.
  • Does Microsoft deal signal death of HP's Neoview?

    Posted January 19, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft's unveiling Wednesday of a series of data warehousing appliances has some observers sounding the death knell for HP's Neoview platform.
  • BellaDati analyzes enterprise data in the cloud

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    The BI solution, BellaDati, developed by the Czech company, Trgiman, and recently released in its version 2.3, is designed as an easy-to-use, yet complete analytical tool also targeted at small and medium businesses. Apart from business intelligence functionality, it includes features like market and media intelligence.
  • Jaspersoft rearchitects BI stack

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    Jaspersoft 4.0 features a completely reengineered software stack
  • The key to keeping e-discovery cheap

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    When they go to court, most companies dump every bit of data they can collect on lawyers, who get paid a lot more than a DBA to filter through it.
  • IBM doubles down on business analytics

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Billions of dollars, millions of man-hours, and thousands of projects at IBM are all focused on the same thing: turning scads of enterprise data into useful information.
  • Gartner: BI will be consumed heavily on mobiles in two years

    Posted January 10, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Business intelligence and analytics leaders need to embrace four trends, including the growing popularity of business applications on mobile devices, according to analysts at Gartner.
  • Oracle aims new BI app at SAP customers

    Posted January 10, 2011 - 1:30 am

    Oracle is moving further into rival SAP's turf with Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP, a new BI (business intelligence) application that can crunch ERP (enterprise resource planning) system financial data for insights.
  • How I Got Here: Guy Peri, Director, Business Intelligence, Procter & Gamble Company Global Business Services

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Guy Peri, Director, Business Intelligence, Procter & Gamble Company Global Business Services will tell you that he is a geek at heart, but it's all about the people. He received his MBA because, while he loved technology, he was missing the human interaction, and the application of technology with business problems. He shares some of his journey in this interview.
  • Self-service BI, SaaS, analytics will dominate in 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    Enterprises will increasingly look for opportunities to tap self-service business intelligence systems and SaaS-based BI offerings in 2011, analysts say.
  • Enterprise apps find a space on consumer devices

    Posted December 30, 2010 - 1:30 pm

    Traditional enterprise software companies are finding new opportunities to serve customers on iPads, iPhone and other devices
  • Emerging tech: Business intelligence apps go mobile

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 11:03 pm

    What could your company do with a BI app on iPhones and iPads? Some analysts say this mobile software category will take off in 2011 - but early adopters are already gaining benefits.
  • Teradata buying marketing vendor Aprimo for $525M

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    Teradata is planning to buy integrated marketing software vendor Aprimo for US$525 million, the company announced Wednesday. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.
  • Most disturbing WikiLeaks revelation: 'Worst sex ever'

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    State Dept. still PO'd about secret cables; Assange ego wrestles with poor review. Can the rest of us talk about secrecy now?
  • Using ERP to increase sales

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    How Mattress Giant used its ERP system to triple its in-store sales.
  • BI requires cultural transformation, says Gartner

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 1:08 pm

    Chief information officers must ensure that business intelligence (BI) programmes are treated as a "cultural transformation of the business, instead of an IT project", analyst house Gartner has said.
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