Will Computers Ever Make Decisions?

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…)

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

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)

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.

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 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)