Bi News & Analysis
| Monday Sep 15, 2014
It’s no secret that the use of data analysis as a means to improve decision making is increasingly becoming a requirement for companies that want to remain competitive and employees that want to remain relevant. With that in mind, let's take a look at your most popular, most overworked and quite possibly, most important co-worker -- the accidental analyst.
| Thursday Sep 11, 2014
Remember the old days when it seemed that all you need to know from your computer is how to save a Microsoft Excel file? If you are a marketer those days seem rosy compared to what’s happening in digital media.
New ways of capturing data has introduced challenges in inspecting data and developing models. Marketers with a limited knowledge of traditional query language must access data. And as I wrote in the post, How Marketers Can Get A Better Handle On Their Data, new markup language elements raises the number of ways data can be associated with web and app elements. This has increased the ways the data can be used in calculations for desired results.
Because of this new data challenge, analytic solution providers have created a number of options to simplify data usage.
| Thursday Sep 11, 2014
Yesterday’s BI tools just don’t cut it. In today’s world the margin of time between data and decision needs to be instantaneous, or as close to that as we can get. The longer it takes to process information and glean insight from it, the more you can lose.
Data can do more than help companies win sales. It can also save lives.
But it can only do this effectively if a data scientist or data analyst can process all of the information, gather all of the necessary data and make it useful, or present it to decision makers visually so that a viz can speak for the data, tell the story and make decision making easier.
| Wednesday Sep 10, 2014
Unleash creativity and the world will never be the same.
The words could belong to Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso -- but they were coined by the CEO of Tableau, a fast growing software company. It trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol DATA.
Addressing a sold out audience at Tableau’s user conference being held in Seattle this week, CEO Christian Chabot proclaimed that the next wave of computing will be less about automating the routine and more about discovering and leveraging “the tremendous creative potential of our minds.”
| Wednesday Sep 3, 2014
Organizations have hit the jackpot of data. With unprecedented visibility into every type of data, organizations across every vertical -- be it healthcare, retail, manufacturing or finance -- are turning to analytics to make well-informed decisions and bring value to their bottom lines.
| Tuesday Aug 19, 2014
Driving your organization down the road to digital business? If you are, Gartner has identified seven emerging and established technologies that may help assure a smoother journey.
The recently published 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Special Report identifies them as: Internet of Things and operational technologies, mobile infrastructure, enterprise mobility management (EMM), analytics, big data, social and cloud. But don’t get too hooked on these goodies, because there are more technologies just starting to emerge.
The report is the result of an evolution of over 2000 technologies, services and trends in 119 different areas over the past year.
| Tuesday Aug 12, 2014
The explosion in popularity of new business intelligence platforms and data warehouse technologies throughout the 1990s was well documented. But while companies in a broad range of industries including financial services, high-tech and retail were quick to embrace the newfound ability to analyze past business performance, most universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies remained quietly on the sidelines.
Two decades later, another major wave of technological innovation is sweeping over the IT landscape in the form of modern big data analytics solutions. Only this time, the script has been flipped.
| Monday Aug 11, 2014
We've never mastered the art of the crystal ball here at CMSWire. So don't expect us to tell you who will ultimately prevail in the newly filed lawsuit that pits NetScout Systems against the Gartner Group.
NetScout, a Westford, Mass.-based computer performance management provider, filed the lawsuit last week over allegations of "corporate defamation" arising out of the business research practices of Stamford-based Gartner.
NetScout doesn't like being called a "challenger" rather than "leader" in one of Gartner's Magic Quadrant industry reports — especially because it thinks its ranking is based, in part, by its unwillingness to "pay to play."
Magical thinking? Maybe. But this isn't the first time Gartner has been sued by one of the vendors it ranks, and there's no reason to expect it will be the last.
| Friday Aug 8, 2014
A computer performance management provider seeks monetary damages in a lawsuit filed this week against Gartner Inc. after the IT research giant named the vendor a "challenger" and not a "leader" in one of its Magic Quadrant industry reports.
NetScout Systems, based in Westford, Mass., filed the lawsuit in Connecticut Superior Court Tuesday under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act for "corporate defamation arising out of Gartner’s information technology research business practices."
"Gartner is not independent, objective or unbiased," NetScout claimed in its lawsuit, "and its business model is extortionate by its very nature. Its substantial success is due to the worst kept secret in the IT industry: Gartner has a 'pay-to-play' business model that by its design rewards Gartner clients who spend substantial sums on its various services by ranking them favorably in its influential Magic Quadrant research reports and punishes technology companies that choose not to spend substantial sums on Gartner services."
NetScout reported in its lawsuit it has not paid Gartner for consulting services in the past five years.
| Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Qlik Technologies last week took a major step to boost its positioning against key competitor Tableau Software. It introduced Qlik Sense Desktop, an application targeted at the fast-growing, self-serve data visualization market.
Qlik Sense is the initial piece of Qlik’s .Next offering (the main Server edition is scheduled for a September launch), which aims to make tools for business intelligence (BI) easier to use for a wider variety of enterprise employees. The Server edition will feature server-side deployment, a mobile-first focus, collaboration and expanded enterprise capabilities.
| Friday Jul 25, 2014
The development of decision making and management capabilities across the enterprise has become critically important, largely because enterprises are transforming from process driven to information driven. However, there are so many different business analytics offerings that it is getting close to impossible for enterprises to pick a product that will cover all of their bases.
Enter the business analytics services providers. Even here, there are over a hundred such providers according to Gartner. To help enterprises decide on what business analytics (BA) service providers might work for them, it has published, for the first time, a Magic Quadrant for Business Analytics Services Providers.
| Monday Jun 23, 2014
Think about the worst part of the last online webinar you attended. Was it all those faceless slides? Thought so.
And so did Sanjay Patel, CEO of Personify. Since 2009, he's been working on a way to enhance collaborative communications like webinars, chats and hangouts by adding depth-sensing, 3D cameras.
For most people, the mere mention of 3D conjures up visions of space monsters reaching out for them in a darkened movie theater. That's not what we're talking about here.
| Thursday Jun 19, 2014
Many things spring to mind when you think SAP HANA. You may think depth and speed. You may also think user difficulty or even lengthy deployment times.
One thing you don’t think is agility. Cloud-based business intelligence (BI) vendor Birst aims to change that with this week’s announcement that it is now possible to integrate Birst with HANA.
| Tuesday Jun 10, 2014
Here's an interesting concept to consider: If 80 percent of the data your enterprise is using was created in the past year, it means your enterprise is created four times more data in the past year than in its entire history before then.
That’s pretty good, right? Sure it is ... but only if you can get useful business insights from that data.
So how do you do that? Southard Jones, vice president of product strategy at Birst, is unambiguous about it. You need to focus on the business user, he said.
| Monday May 19, 2014
Data-driven marketing sounds promising. But what kind of decisions can be made if the data you use is more than a week old, has been picked through to fit into a PowerPoint or derived from only one data source?
Not very good ones.
Ask Heather Zynczak, Chief Marketing Officer at Domo. In her previous job she used to beg the IT department for data. When the report arrived every other week she was grateful to receive the "pathetic little scraps” of data inside, because it was all she could access.