Month: November 2007

  • The Real Pioneer of Business Intelligence (and BI 2.0)?

    The Real Pioneer of Business Intelligence (and BI 2.0)?

    It is often reported that Howard Dresner coined the term “business intelligence” in 1989, in the sense it is typically used in the industry today (“end user access to and analysis of structured content, i.e., data”). But especially now that text analysis is becoming part of mainstream BI, the real credit for the term should probably go to an earlier pioneer: Hans-Peter Luhn (more…)

  • Thanksgiving Predictive Analytics

    Thanksgiving Predictive Analytics

    One of the difficulties of predictive analytics is that it relies on the past being a reliable predictor of the future — which is rarely the case in today’s fast-moving economies…(cartoon)

  • Xcelsius Pac-Man?

    An old pie chart joke, with Xcelsius reflections.

  • 2008: From Business Automation to Business Optimization?

    However you define the goals of your organization—whether it’s about profit, or saving lives—it’s all about the quest for performance. Today, 9 out of 10 companies fail to execute their strategies. That’s a sobering statistic—and an opportunity for IT organizations everywhere.

  • Business Intelligence Consolidation: Friend or Foe?

    Business Intelligence Consolidation: Friend or Foe?

    Thanks to Shane Schick of Canada’s Globe and Mail, who today reported on “Business intelligence consolidation: friend or foe?” and quoted from this blog (more)

  • The End of a Business Intelligence Era?

    Now that Hyperion, Cognos, and Business Objects have all been purchased, it’s clear that we’re moving from one vendor era to another. Despite all the digital ink poured out over the acquisitions, relatively little has been written on what the next era looks like… (more)

  • Graphwise: Great Idea, But Needs Work?

    Graphwise: Great Idea, But Needs Work?

    Graphwise is BI 2.0 entrant similar to Swivel and ManyEyes, but with a twist. You enter a search term, and the site scours the web for content that contains tables linked to those terms, then proposes charts based on the data in those tables.

  • IBM Falls off the Fence, and Picks Cognos…

    IBM couldn’t take the heat any more — it’s Cognos, for $5bn. It seems they were reluctant up until the last minute, given the recent agreements announced with Business Objects XI bundled with DB2. But faced with being left out of the cold, and with other suitors surely bearing down on Cognos, they bit the bullet… (more)