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 …

Insight User Conference in Berlin Photos And “Five Fatal Flaws” Presentation File

I’m finally getting around to posting materials from the Business Objects Insight User Conference in Berlin, 21-23 May 2007. You can find my photos from the event here — mainly from the main stage, including the inxight purchase announcement and keynotes by John Schwarz, Bernard Liautaud, and the climber Reinhold Messner. I did a presentation on …

Performance Excellence, Past and Future?

One of the problems of explaining the value of business intelligence is that every layer of computing has always promised some variation on “better management” as the ultimate benefit of purchasing the system. From 1959 mainframes (above), early “executive information systems”, the 1982 IBM PC (right), the first spreadsheets (far right), 1980s ERP systems and “decision …

The Latest on BI+PM = ?

In two earlier posts, “What’s in a Name?” and “Putting the Business Back into Business Intelligence“, I talked about the ongoing debate about what we should all call the combination of business intelligence and performance management. With the recent wave of PM acquisitions by Oracle (Hyperion), SAP (Pilot and OutlookSoft), and BusinessObjects (Cartesis), the two …