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 …

Structured, Unstructured and Pureplay BI

Business Objects closed its Inxight acquisition earlier this week. Structured and unstructured analysis coming together makes it harder to claim that any single database or application standard stores all of the data that needs to be analyzed. 

BI Briefs: UPS, Facebook, MySQL, SAP, Microsoft

UPS minimizes left-turns. Advanced route planning minimizes fuel consumption and accidents. An old story, but given new life with a recent InformationWeek interview with UPS CIO Dave Barnes (and a good example of delivering effectively on a strategic multi-year IT project). Facebook’s community app platform. As BI vendors try to web-2.0 themselves, they will need to …