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.
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 >>
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.
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.
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.”
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.