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Google Unveils Analytics API in Closed Beta, Offers Real-Time Website Visitor Monitoring

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Google has announced the beta-launch of a new analytics reporting API that enables users to act immediately on information that their Analytics account receives from other Google services. 

Gartner's Sales Force Automation MQ: Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP Lead, NetSuite Challenges

Yesterday, in our first look at Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation (SFA), we saw that there is growing interest, and use, of SaaS deployments. This is coupled with an ongoing discussion about the best mobile strategies and what SFA applications fit in with what kinds of business. Let's now take a look at who made the leaders quadrant and why.

Gartner MQ: Sales Force Automation Moves to SaaS, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP Lead

If the majority of the US$ 4.7 billion spent on Sales Force Automation (SFA) software last year was mainly spent on sales applications, the market was characterized by the continued move to SaaS models by enterprises looking for economy and agility. Mobility also played a part, as those working directly with enterprise clients looked for smartphone and tablet support.

Mobile App Responsive Design Best Practices

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Perhaps responsive design is only a passing fad, but it does shed some light on how we build the digital tools we use, and more importantly, why we build them that way.

 

Tableau Moves Business Intelligence to the Cloud with Tableau Online

Information Management: Tableau Online Brings Business Intelligence to the CloudData analytics and data visualization company, Tableau Software today announced the general release of Tableau Online, the SaaS version of its Tableau Server.

MicroStrategy Mobile Apps Integrate with Cisco TelePresence

MicroStrategy Mobile Apps Integrate with Cisco TelePresenceLeading analytics vendor MicroStrategy has built in Cisco's Unified Communications system, nee Jabber (above image), into its Mobile Apps builder so apps can lauch voice and video chats natively.

Microsoft Adds Heavyweight Business Intelligence to Office 365 #WPC13

Microsoft Business Intelligence Power View in Office 365.jpgMicrosoft has addressed the rather patchy business intelligence functionality in Office 365 this week with the announcement that it is launching Power BI for Office 365 later this summer. Power BI will be a cloud-based suite built on a number of existing Microsoft intelligence apps with an Excel-based authoring environment.

Oracle Endeca Opens up to E-Business Tools

Oracle Endeca Opens up to E-Business ToolsOracle has opened up its Endeca business intelligence system to its e-business tools, a way to use huge amounts of data in a more time sensitive and measured approach to desicion making.

IDG: Data Deprived Front-Line Workers Don't Do Deals

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Who is accessing what information in the enterprise

While recent research from digital business researchers IDG shows that there is widespread understanding of the importance and capital value of enterprise data, it also shows that there is a much more limited understanding of the information delivery needs of all enterprise workers, and in particular the information needs of customer-facing employees.

Business Intelligence Software Sales Hit Black Ice As New Players Threaten To Shatter Market

At the end of last week Gartner published two different statements that contain all kinds of interesting facts and figures that together show that sales figures for  business intelligence (BI) applications have taken a dramatic nose-dive. The market, it says, is being hit by the triple whammy of poor economic conditions, enterprise confusion over analytics and big data, and signs of market fragmentation caused by new entrants with funky new offerings.

'Big Content,' Big Deal? What Acquia, Alfresco, Alta Plana, Bloomfire, EMC IIG, Gartner Say

The first time I heard the term Big Content, I thought “Oh brother, Are Web CMS and ECM vendors actually sticking the word 'Big' in front of 'Content' in an attempt to jump onto the Big Data bandwagon?” 

Alteryx Receives US$ 12 Million to Expand Reach of Data Analytics Platform

Business intelligence and strategic analytics provider, Alteryx has announced US$ 12 million in funding that will be used to help with company growth.

SAP Launches HANA Enterprise Cloud, Integrates OpenText ECM Suite with SAP Business Suite

Just in time for its Sapphire Now conference this week, SAP has released a deluge of product and partnership updates including the debut of HANA Enterprise Cloud and HANA powered OpenText for SAP Solutions.

FirstRain Turns Customer Analytics into Actions for Salesforce

Customer intelligence provider FirstRain, whose name invokes nourishing precipitation after a dry spell, is looking to refresh productivity in Salesforce through the release of a new set of integrated customer analytics. 

What is Big Data? Anything that Won't Fit in Excel #emetrics

Just ask a statistician. Big data is simply anything that won't fit in Excel.

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