Insight 07 Mark Doll Keynote

At the Business Objects Insight User Conference in Orlando yesterday, Mark Doll, Senior VP and General Manager of Services and EPM covered the need to bridge the gap between finance and IT teams with enterprise performance management systems, assisted by Trevor Walker, VP of EPM product marketing. (photos and presentation)

Insight 07 Bernard Liautaud Keynote

It’s the Business Objects Insight 07 User Conference in Orlando. Bernard Liautaud’s keynote covered the future of “full-spectrum Business Intelligence”, including the launches of Crystal Reports 2008 and the new BusinessObjects Polestar products. (Photos and presentation…)

Insight 07 John Schwarz Keynote

At the Business Objects Insight 07 User Conference this morning, John Schwarz presented the importance of Performance Excellence across the organization, illustrated with examples from AT&T, Columbia Valley Health, and Disneyland Paris. (Photos and presentation…)

So: it’s SAP, for $6.8bn!

After years of rumors, the news is finally here: it’s SAP for 4.8 billion euros. This will be the biggest acquisition SAP has ever done, and the biggest in the BI industry — but in a twist, it’s almost as if Business Objects is acquiring OutlookSoft and Pilot… (more…)

The 5 Ingredients of Good Decision-Making

The results of a survey called “In search of clarity: unraveling the complexities of executive decision-making”, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, were announced today. The report concludes that it is “cause for alarm…that executives themselves perceive the quality of decision-making at their company as mixed at best”, and identifies five ingredients of good decision-making. Obviously, supporting good decisions requires a lot more than technology, but I believe BI can help. (more…)