Monthly Archives: March 2008

Google getting into Business Intelligence

Silicon Republic on Google’s BI move.

As part of a calculated strategy to take on Microsoft’s powerful Office products suite, Google has partnered with a business intelligence (BI) firm to develop software as a service (Saas) analytics, reporting and a data visualisation tool for its free Google Docs applications suites.

The partnership with Panorama Software is, in particular, seen as an attack on Microsoft Excel and follows the introduction of Gadgets-in-Docs: the ability to embed different gadgets in a spreadsheet.

Panorama’s analytic for Google Docs aims to smarten up Google’s desktop applications, in the same way it has done for Microsoft Office 2007, in order to push it into the hands of more corporate users.

Informatica Adopts Portal Solution from Amazon Consulting

Press Release -

Amazon Consulting, the leader in helping technology companies design, implement and automate their partner programs, announced this week that Informatica, a global enterprise software provider in the data integration space, is now using the company’s PartnerPath technology to effectively engage and empower their worldwide partner community. Informatica turned to Amazon Consulting to create their beINFORMed partner portal as part of an overall strategy to improve their collaboration with partners. By implementing PartnerPath, Informatica was able to achieve their goal of providing partners with the tools and resources to help sell their products and services in an impressive 10-week timeframe.

“Amazon Consulting’s PartnerPath has helped us significantly improve our collaboration with partners by giving us an effective way to deliver the information partners need to be successful. Within an unbelievably short timeframe, Amazon Consulting deployed a best-in-class partner portal that increases usability, visibility and functionality for Informatica and its worldwide network of partners. We couldn’t be more satisfied,” said Harry Gould, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Alliances at Informatica.

A Business Intelligence TCO – Primer

From CIO magazine -

Hatch’s research shows that those companies that have recently rolled out a BI system notice financial pressures coming from several areas. The first, and most important, Hatch says, is the pressure to improve data integration from multiple applications (noted by 42 percent of the respondents). From interviews with those who took part in the survey, Hatch notes that “this single factor alone can dictate the success or failure of a BI initiative.”

“What I’m finding is that companies don’t really understand the extent of the data management challenges to BI until they get into it,” Hatch says. And if internal IT does not have the skill sets or resources to solve these data challenges, that can become pricey for many companies. “You have to invest internally or look outside for help,” Hatch says, “and both are expensive options.”

Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2008

Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2008

Ian Ayres Keynote Gartner BI 2008

In a data-rich world, businesses are inundated with information. Yet used strategically, it can guide decision making and boost performance. That’s why Business Intelligence is on every CIO’s must-have list for 2008 – and why you should attend the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit.

The Gartner BI Summit 2008 is happening next week(Apr 1-3, 2008) at Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The Agenda seems interesting with an impressive list of Keynote speakers like Ian Ayres of the Super Crunchers fame, Howard Dresner of the Performance Management Revolution, the concept that truly inspiring the BI world and the Co-Author of Balanced Scorecard concept, David P. Norton.

I’m looking forward to see the Keynote Videos. Will link them if there are available on the Gartner site. Read More >>

SAP retires overlapping BI products

With the new thoughtful and successful buy of Business Objects, this was an inevitable move by SAP. And I’m sure its helping to better focus on their flagship products.

The ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor gained a raft of BI (business intelligence) capabilities through its $6.8 billion purchase of Business Objects, but the deal also created significant overlap, especially in performance management tools. Much of that overlap was caused by acquisitions made by both companies before the deal. Those included SAP’s purchase of Pilot Software and OutlookSoft, and Business Objects’ acquisitions of ALG, SRC and Cartesis.

Some of those decisions have now been made, said John Schwarz, CEO of the former Business Objects, who is now in charge of BI at SAP. Analysts said they expect further cuts to follow in other product areas.

“They were obviously difficult [decisions], in the sense that each product has customers, each has its merits, each has a team that’s passionately committed to it, so the debates, as you might imagine, were fairly heated,” Schwarz said in an interview at SAP headquarters on Wednesday.

Read more at InfoWorld.

Microsoft SharePoint taking business by storm

This is probably very evident as more and more corporations move to Sharepoint. Sharepoint is sort-of becoming the ubiquitous tool for Enterprise Content Management . The biggest advantage that Microsoft has with Sharepoint is that they serve as repositories for documents, which are created using their own flagship product, MS-Office.

Having worked with Sharepoint in the last three+ years, it has proved to be a great tool and it still has huge opportunities for improvement. And as the article rightly points out, its a wake-up call for Lotus Notes. I’m sure Lotus Notes engineers are burning enough midnight oil to pull up their market share. Read more at Computer World -

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 is the fastest growing product in the company’s history and seems to have as many uses as a Swiss Army knife. Its six focus areas are collaboration, portal, search, enterprise content management (ECM), business process management and business intelligence. (Compare collaboration products.)

Just last month, Microsoft added a hosted alternative to fuel adoption. There is a “perfect storm,” observers say, around SharePoint in terms of the popularity of Web-based computing, demand for less-expensive ECM and portal tools, collaboration technology and integration around Microsoft’s Office suite.

Baseball Association Analyzes Statistics with Cognos

Its interesting that more and more sports associations are starting to use Business Intelligence software to analyze statistics. As Ian Ayres points out in his latest book, Super Crunchers, the competition between the traditional experts and number crunching softwares has ended. And number crunching softwares are being increasingly used by tranditional “intutional” experts to analyze the data better.

These are clearly the days of Data Mining Softwares. This one is about IBM Cognos. Read more -

“Our analysis of player performance is as complex and dynamic as the work of high-powered business analysts in Fortune 500 companies, and we need to use the same robust, flexible interface to achieve reliable results,” said Doyle Pryor, Assistant General Counsel of the MLBPA. “Conducting complex analysis in real-time allows us to improve our planning processes and IBM Cognos TM1 Executive Viewer enables the agents themselves to view reports and perform almost limitless ‘what-if’ scenarios for further analysis of the data.”

“The interface for analysis will provide sophisticated users with the tools they’re familiar with and the ability to quickly modify views and reports with as little effort as possible,” said Doug Barton, vice president, product marketing, Cognos, an IBM Company. “Users of IBM Cognos TM1 Executive Viewer continue to gravitate to its features that provide interactivity, immediacy, and flexibility, which, in turn, enable them to accelerate the management of their business’s performance.”

Data Visualization Helps Panoratio Data Mining Users

From the Press Release -

Panoratio, a provider of innovative technology that maps statistical content from large and complex datasets, has selected OpenViz data visualization software from Advanced Visual Systems (AVS) to be incorporated into its Data Explorer product.

Panoratio uses OpenViz to provide highly interactive and graphical displays of dense imagery in near-real time, with virtually no restrictions on the complexity or amount of data that can be analyzed.

Panoratio’s Data Explorer is a smart data analysis tool that rapidly queries Panoratio Portable Database Images and delivers results in seconds with built-in intelligence that assists analysts in finding patterns and relationships in the data which they might not otherwise discover.

According to Dr. Oliver Mihatsch, Chief Technology Officer of Panoratio, “We selected OpenViz because it was by far the most flexible data visualization system and was more-than-able to meet the real-time demands of our high performance data mining technology.”

Independent software makers such as Panoratio use OpenViz to serve as an embedded graphics platform for interactive analytics and data visualization. Designed to overcome the limitations of static charting packages, OpenViz enables application designers and product managers to create high performance solutions from extremely complex data, algorithms and integrated corporate content.

MicroStrategy Rated #1 in Customer Loyalty

From Fox Business

Comparing a peer group of BI products reviewed in The BI Survey 7, the customer loyalty scores were as follows:

Overall Customer Loyalty Score
MicroStrategy .846
Cognos Reporting .725
Cognos Analysis .653
BusinessObjects .641
SAP BW .641
Oracle Hyperion Essbase .565

“It is a remarkable achievement that MicroStrategy was rated number one in customer loyalty for the fourth year in a row,” said Nigel Pendse, author of The BI Survey 7. “As in the past, the Survey found that well-known vendors with growth strategies based on acquisitions covering the entire BI spectrum have low, and in some cases declining, customer loyalty. MicroStrategy, with its single product architecture and organic growth, was at the top once again. The fact that no other product has achieved such high levels of consistency suggests that MicroStrategy’s customers are extremely loyal and see no alternative to the product.”

Deepest Data Mining

New York times ran a story last week about a online data mining company called Phorm. While the data that the company mnes is controversial, they are starting to be talked about in the industry. Read more about Phorm at NYT-

Amid debate over how much data companies like Google and Yahoo should gather about people who surf the Web, one new company is drawing attention — and controversy — by boasting that it will collect the most complete information of all.

The company, called Phorm, has created a tool that can track every single online action of a given consumer, based on data from that person’s Internet service provider. The trick for Phorm is to gain access to that data, and it is trying to negotiate deals with telephone and cable companies, like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, that provide broadband service to millions.

Phorm’s pitch to these companies is that its software can give them a new stream of revenue from advertising. Using Phorm’s comprehensive views of individuals, the companies can help advertisers show different ads to people based on their interests.