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  • 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.
  • IT pros must get smart about analytics: IBM

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    Today business intelligence may only reach 15 to 20 per cent of an organization's users, but that will explode to 65 per cent in the next five years, said an executive with IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Streambase launches complex-event-processing exchange

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    CEP (complex-event processing) vendor Streambase on Tuesday launched a Web site where customers, developers and partners can download, share and perhaps one day sell components.
  • Staples seeks bigger role in IT services

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:46 am

    Staples Inc. is expanding its IT services capabilities in a move that will take it right inside the data center.
  • SAS starts hiring across Canada

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    SAS Canada is adding roughly 20 new positions, mostly in sales, to offices across the country.
  • BI's Dirty Secret: Better Tools No Match for Bad Strategy

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    The pressure on CIOs to deliver business intelligence tools and analytic applications--on the cheap and ASAP--has been building steadily for years. In 2010, survey results point out that that demand has reached a fever pitch with which CIOs are very familiar.
  • SuccessFactors buying workforce analytics vendor

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    SuccessFactors announced Thursday it plans to buy Australian business analytics vendor Inform Business Impact for US$25.5 million in cash and $15 million in SuccessFactors stock.
  • Sybase buys assets from complex-event processing vendor

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Sybase announced Thursday that it has purchased the assets of CEP (complex event processing) vendor Aleri, in a move that highlights the increasing competitive stakes in the space and shores up Sybase's position in real-time analytics.
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