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Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Introduces End User Driven Business Intelligence

pentahoLogosmall.jpg Open source business intelligence platform, Pentaho (news, site) has released a new version of Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Edition heavily focused on providing end users reporting capabilities previously reserved for technologists.

OpenText's Integration Center Offers Access Point to Multiple Information Sources

We have come across many different ways of dealing with the proliferation of data, be it structured or unstructured. OpenText (news, site) is now offering another, with the release of a new version of OpenText Integration Center that comes with a native connector to OpenText ECM Suite 2010.

Have You Planned for Cloud Computing?

While there has been considerable research done that seems to indicate that many enterprises will move to the cloud in the medium term, there isn’t a lot about who is using it now and what they are using it for. However, a recently published report by CDW shows that many enterprises are using cloud apps without being aware of it, and that many enterprises have no cloud adoption strategy at all.

Forrester: Software Spending to Rise Pushed by BI, Cloud Computing, Mobilization

Looks like the IT market has finally shrugged off the recession and enterprises are looking to spend again. At least that’s the finding of a new Forrester report, which shows that, while spending is on the rise, it’s considerably better for some segments than for others, with new software and upgrades dominating company concerns.

IBM’s Social Media Jam Aims to Build Social Business

ibm_logo_2010.jpg IBM has published a paper on social media and where it believes it is going. While IBM (news, site) might not normally be associated with social media, the paper is the result of what is described as a web jam with over 2,700 participants over three days and from over 80 countries.

Attensity Analyze 6.0 Develops Business Intelligence from Customer Intelligence

attensity_logo.JPGWhen we last spoke about Attensity, we addressed its partnership with Twitter. Today, the customer experience management (CEM) provider has released Attensity Analyze 6.0, a customer analytics and engagement application.

CIOs Will Move Enterprises to Cloud, IBM Research Shows

ibm_logo_2010.jpg With some research, you get the sense that, in some way, the conclusions are loaded in favor of the company that sponsored the research. With IBM’s (news, site) recent Essential CIO study, which identifies a massive move to the cloud in the next five years, the conclusions are so wide and favor so many different companies that you have to conclude that Big Blue has tapped into some very interesting trends around the position of CIO.

Microsoft Accelerates Dynamics CRM Release Cycle to Expand Functionality Quicker

Without saying why, Microsoft (news, site) has announced that it is accelerating its Dynamics CRM release cycle in a new Statement of Direction (SoD) that envisages releases on a biennial basis rather than on the current three-year cycle that it currently uses.

Panorama Necto Adds a Social Dimension to Business Intelligence

Social networking is often considered an important source of business intelligence, both for the conversations and for the connections among like-minded individuals and organizations. Panorama Software's (news, site) recently launched Necto is a socially-enabled BI solution that lets business users track relevant conversations and discussions in social networks, and will get users connected with other individuals looking for similar data insights.

Deloitte Buys SaaS Business Intelligence Vendor Oco

deloittesmall.jpgIn a move that it said demonstrated its commitment to the managed analytics marketplace, Deloitte (news, site) acquired "substantially all" of the assets of SaaS business intelligence vendor Oco Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.

EMC Announces Cloud Storage Updates, Hadoop based BI Software#emcworld

You can't expect EMC (news, site) to hold a major conference and not get a steady steam of partner announcements and a few of their own. Here is a look at some of the news coming out of EMC World this week.

This Week: Information Strategy is in the Conversation Age

Tackling Enterprise Information Management (EIM) this week we looked at the importance of collaboration and reliable data for better business intelligence, how adaptive case management serves the public good and how to create your SharePoint governance plan.

At the ever provocative J. Boye conference in Philadelphia we encountered bold thinkers and even bolder implementers of grand ideas. Innovator Jon Udell talked about how Tags are Information Services, Bob Boiko explored the role of Conversations in your information strategy and a few others expounded on how to create an effective digital marketing strategy.

Other news this week we saw SDL acquire Calamares, then CityGrid Media bought BuzzLabs and plenty of rumors that Facebook would grab Skype.

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IBM Launches Coremetrics Lifecycle for Deep Online Marketing

With the launch this week of Coremetrics Lifecycle, Big Blue (news, site) continues to expand its Smarter Commerce initiative, which it outlined at last month's Impact conference and also builds on the Coremetrics acquisition last year that caused some excitement at the time.

Oracle Introduces iPhone/iPad Support for Business Intelligence Suite

Oracle_logo_2010.jpg While this week’s upgrade to Oracle’s (news, site) Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition suite adds out-of-the-box iPhone and iPad support, Oracle also completes a process that it started last summer when it upgraded the suite from 10g to 11g.

BI & Analysis: Better Results with Collaboration, Reliable Data

In The Ever-Expanding Importance of Analytics: True Intelligence for Business, I initiated an analysis of the current state of “business intelligence" -- the kind of intelligence that truly benefits enterprises derives from classic definitions of the word: Learning, understanding and applying knowledge and experience to new situations to make better decisions. Until recently, BI has mostly derived from practices and technology that address structured data and business processes inside the firewall. BI will now have to include unstructured or content sources in analytics, to add in missing subtleties, context and insight that cannot be pulled from structured data sources.

Now let's further analyze new directions for business intelligence and analytics. 

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