Executive dissatisfaction with the information available to them to make decisions is just as bad as when I started working in BI 20 years ago. Will computers ever be able to help with decisions? (see full post…)
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…)
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)
An old pie chart joke, with Xcelsius reflections.
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.
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)
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 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 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)
At the Business Objects Insight User Conference in Orlando, Chief Transformation Officer Donald MacCormick presented on the concrete steps organizations can take to achieve Performance Excellence.