The Top 6 On-Demand BI Confusions

I’m a big believer in the future of on-demand BI. But a lot of the articles promoting on-demand BI don’t always separate fact from self-interested fiction. Here’s my attempt to redress the balance. (more…)

Business Objects Buys FUZZY! Data Quality

Yet another acquisition: Business Objects purchases FUZZY! Informatik, based near Stuttgart, Germany, terms not disclosed The important: A “challenger” in Gartner’s 2007 data quality magic quadrant Adds European address databases to Business Objects’ existing portfolio and improves European customer base/sales expertise/coverage Vertical solutions for Postal, Financial services, and Telco SOA-enabled, which should make integration easy The …

Cognos Buys Applix

Only minutes after I post an entry on the acceleration of consolidation in the BI market, I see that Cognos has purchased Applix. The interesting part is TM1, which uses memory-centric BI technology that has been around for as long as I can remember, but which didn’t really come into its own until 64-bit platforms …

BI Market Consolidation?

The BI market has been remarkably fragmented for a long time, but — following the trend of other technology markets — it seems that the spiral of increasing dominance of a handful of vendors has finally been unleashed.

How Am I Doing, Really? The Need for Information On Demand

Your business is up over 25% — great news!  Or is it? If the economy is also growing at 25%, you’re just keeping pace. And if your nearest competitor is up 50%, you’re losing market share… Despite the millions invested in corporate information systems, what executives really care about isn’t the internal numbers, but how …

10 Cool Cutting-Edge Technologies And How They Relate to BI?

Each year, Computerworld chooses ten innovative technologies that meet the needs of corporate IT. Here’s a look at how the 2007 Computerworld Horizon Award winners (and honorable mentions) announced yesterday might effect the business intelligence market, sorted by relevance: Highly Relevant Memory Spot. This miniature wireless data chip, 2mm to 4mm square, can be stuck on, or …