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Qlik Ready for Battle in Data Visualization

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.

Startup Offers Free Collaboration Option for Any Web Page

Just as Microsoft blends Yammer into Office365, a startup is offering a free service to add a Facebook-like collaboration tool to any web page.

Lifestreams Technologies, a 2-year-old company based in New Haven, Conn., said the widget can be used on any intranet or public-facing website by adding a snippet of code to the html.

"Most websites today are relatively static," said Peter Prosol, business development director for the 10-person SaaS firm. "You'll find pictures and images and text, but it's more or less as it is. It doesn't change much. But adding a timeline to your site ... it lets you be more dynamic, add new content, refresh and be a little more interactive and engaging to the user."

Here's Who Made Gartner's MQ for Business Analytics Services

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.

Personify Explores a New Dimension in Collaboration

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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.

Why It's Intelligent for Birst to Sit on HANA

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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.

How to Get Value from Your Business Data

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.

Time for Domo to Come Out of Stealth?

2014-19-May-Heather-ZynczakData-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.

Microsoft Adds Predictive Forecasting To Office 365

Microsoft promised to bring analytics to a billion screens last February when it finally launched Power BI for Office 365. Starting this week, Office 365 users will be able to do both data mining and predictive forecasting.

According the blog post announcing the upgrade, users will be able to look into the future behavior of their products and business. And they don’t have to be data scientists either. 

Gartner Rates SAP Top BI Vendor, Notes Microsoft's Growth

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Just when you thought IT budgets were recovering, Gartner dumps a bucket of cold water on the notion — particularly in the business intelligence (BI) space. According to new research, spending on BI has stagnated again, and it doesn’t look like the situation will improve in the near future.

Gartner rated SAP as the biggest BI vendor by far, followed by Oracle, IBM, SAS and Microsoft. While Microsoft only ranks fifth, it experienced the most growth in the space in the past 12 months, the survey found.

The report shows that the BI market is increasingly dominated by big vendors who are happy to buy whatever technology they need to give them an edge, as is evidenced by the recent purchase of Jaspersoft, an open source businesses intelligence company, by TIBCO for $185 million. 

IBM and Fluid Take Watson's Big Data Smarts Shopping

Michael Rhodin  IBM Watson Group with Fluid Expert Shopper  app and  Brooke Aguilar VP Global Business Development Fluid.jpgFor those whose only association with IBM's Watson is its $1 million win on Jeopardy, that could be about to change. IBM announced Tuesday that it will partner with digital retail developer Fluid to turn Watson into ... a personal shopper.

Unfortunately you won't see Watson trying on lipstick in the aisles of your local shopping mall any time soon, but Watson will power Fluid's shopping advisor to offer personalized shopping tips.

IBM Tackles Customer Experience Through New Labs

IBM lead.jpgWhen IBM has a problem, it throws money at it. We already saw this with the skills shortage around big data and analytics. It is taking a similar approach to customer experience and designing engaging interfaces.

In case you didn't know, IBM has an experience design consultancy for clients to help them develop the most effective customer experience for their business. To improve that service, IBM is pumping $100 million into the service itself, is employing an extra 1000 people and is opening 10 new IBM Interactive Experience labs around the world.

 

IBM, Microsoft, SAP, SAS Lead Gartner's BI Analytics Magic Quadrant

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms is one of the most dynamic quadrants Gartner produces. It reflects a market that is still growing and intensely competitive. However, all is not well in paradise.

Enterprises are looking to expand the use or even standardize their data discovery platforms for larger business intelligence (BI) deployments. But Gartner reports that many vendors lack the enterprise features around governance, administration and scalability that are required to do this.

Microsoft Brings Business Intelligence Tools to a Billion Screens

Or at least that’s the goal. And if anyone has a chance to achieve it in the near term, it’s Quentin Clark, the corporate Vice President of the company’s Data Platform Group, and his team.

Today the Redmond, Wash.-based company will announce the general availability of Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) service that gives everyday workers new way to work with data (big, fast and small) in the tools that they already know, namely, Excel and Office 365.

In other words, starting today, everyone can be a data analyst.

We Know What You'll Be Eating During the Super Bowl [Infographic]

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Hunches are good, but data is better, so says best-selling author Dan Pink. And in a world of big data and sophisticated analytics, why would you even want to go on a hunch, especially when there’s so much great data available?

Maybe because, in this day and age, huge volumes of variable data come at you with such great velocity that it’s difficult to get an accurate picture of what it’s telling you. Especially if it’s all loaded into a spreadsheet.

And, even if you’re OK with jockeying spreadsheets, chances are the people with whom you want to have conversations and collaborate about the data are not. When they see you coming at them with an Excel file, they’ll run the other way. Send the e-mail with an .xls attachment and they may “accidentally” delete without reading …

 

Zettaset and MicroStrategy Deliver Secure, Big Data Insight #MSTRworld

hadoopornohadoop.jpgOK, so it’s not popular to say so, but Hadoop has some real big problems. Among them, the security vulnerabilities that exist “at every layer of the stack,” according to a blog post penned by Gartner analyst Merv Adrian.

So it goes to follow that the enterprises who turn a blind eye to those vulnerabilities might be headed for trouble.

That being said, companies who fail to identify data-driven insights and make decisions around them could be digging their own graves.

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