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BI Reporting: Does the Tool Really Matter?
Last month I listened to several discussions about the importance of choosing the right reporting tool when installing a business intelligence (BI) solution

bi tool resources vendors  when deploying a complete BI solution? Which type of reporting tool should I choose when deploying a BI system? Choosing the right reporting tool may not be as easy and simple as it appears. Some BI system consultants and developers consider that when all the basic pieces—data warehouse, data flow, and analysis services—are in place, the reporting tool can be considered secondary and has less relevance in the information cycle. With all the background set up, you can work with a standard reporting

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How to Evaluate Web-based BI Solutions


Web-based business intelligence (BI) is no longer an anomaly: organizations are ready for BI solutions that go beyond Web portals. However, when selecting Web-based BI applications, organizations must evaluate architecture, rather than features or functions. What differentiators do you need to look for before embarking on a full-scale BI implementation? And which vendors offer the solution your organization truly needs?

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IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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There has been noise in the US public sector about a strong federal (Feds) interest in ERP applications. This, coupled with the Feds customary huge purchasing appetite for goods and services ranging from consulting to purchasing military devices and components, building, many businesses that have previously competed only in the commercial sector are tempted to feed the Feds. However, the Feds' peculiar and idiosyncratic regulatory requirements provide high barriers to entry, and novice companies that are not already offering the functionality for the sector will likely not be able to tap the recent surge in Defense and other federal markets.

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By adopting traditional business intelligence (BI) tools, companies have gained valuable insights into past activities and results. However, with operational BI that is different from standard and tactical BI, promptness of information and data in real-time or near real-time is established. Learn how operational BI can boost the timeliness and accuracy of business decisions, and improve operational efficiency and results.

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This human resources (HR) software review report examines the HR software by StarGarden Software and its support for business management processes against known benchmarks. It assesses StarGarden SGHR for HR functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Personnel Management
  • Benefits
  • Payroll
  • Workforce Management
  • Training

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the HR software based on a demonstration provided by StarGarden Software. The review identifies the features of StarGarden SGHR that distinguishes it from other business process management solutions, including its payroll-scheduling exchange system allowing for real-time changes to scheduling to occur simultaneously onto payroll, and its web-based system which allows for user accessibility without the need for installation on multiple devices. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

StarGarden SGHR achieved TEC certification status for its HR software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the HR software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of StarGarden SGHR, a TEC analyst has assessed the HR software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that StarGarden SGHR by StarGarden is a strong HR system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how StarGarden SGHR can help businesses achieve their HR objectives.

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What does your organization need to consider when adopting a mobile business intelligence (BI) or business analytics strategy? What are the enablers, challenges, and opportunities of a mobile BI strategy implementation? In this report, we explore considerations for deploying a mobile BI solution, how to leverage this type of platform to best advantage, and why a mobile BI/analytics solution can be a valuable asset for your company.

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HR Software Review: UltiPro for HR


This human resources (HR) software review report examines the HR software by Ultimate Software and its support for HR processes against known benchmarks. It assesses UltiPro by Ultimate Software for HR functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

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The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the HR software based on a demonstration provided by Ultimate Software. The review identifies the features of UltiPro that distinguish it from other HR solutions, including its open platform employee profile data sharing system, its photo-based punch-in solution, and its performance management and development tools. UltiPro also provides HR support through its mobile accessibility and its extensive customer support for software implementation. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

UltiPro achieved TEC certification status for its HR software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the HR software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of UltiPro, a TEC analyst has assessed the HR software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that UltiPro is a strong HR system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how UltiPro can help businesses achieve their HR objectives.

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TEC 2014 Mobile BI Buyer's Guide


Once considered a nice-to-have, mobility is now standard in most business intelligence (BI) applications. Most traditional BI and analytics software providers have a complementary mobile offering, and new software offerings are emerging that provide BI functions solely for mobile platforms. This buyer’s guide surveys the mobile BI landscape and describes some of the more important solutions in this space. This guide will help you understand the various types of software offerings on the market, give you insight into what your peers are looking for in mobile BI solutions, provide an overview of the main features and functions of mobile BI solutions, and show you how these solutions can help you transform your business.

Business intelligence (BI) has been overrun by mobile technology usage—once considered a nice-to-have, mobility is now standard in most BI applications. Most traditional BI and analytics software providers have a complementary mobile offering, and new software offerings are emerging that provide BI functions solely for mobile platforms.

This buyer’s guide surveys the mobile BI landscape and describes some of the more important solutions in this space. This guide will help you understand the various types of software offerings on the market, give you insight into what your peers are looking for in mobile BI solutions, provide an overview of the main features and functions of mobile BI solutions, and show you how these solutions can help you transform your business.

The buyer’s guide further presents a breakdown of standard mobile BI product functionality and details how a select list of vendors supports those requirements.

Lastly, the guide presents a range of real-life case studies that highlight client successes and thought leadership about relevant BI issues and challenges, and the solutions vendors are offering to address them.



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Preface

About this Guide

Mobile BI: State of the Market

BI on the Go

Mobile BI Product Evaluation

Technology Trends in Mobile BI

TEC Resources for Mobile BI

Casebook

IBM Customer Success Story: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

IBM Product Profile: Ensuring the Security of Your Mobile Business Intelligence

MicroStrategy Customer Success Story: Mobile BI Meets High Fashion

SAP Solution Brief: Accelerate Business Intelligence Adoption with Interactive, Mobile Dashboards

SAP Infographic: The Advantages of A Single Comprehensive BI Platform

Tableau Thought Leadership: Best Practices for Mobile Business Intelligence

Transpara Customer Success Story: Maximizing Operational Performance at National Grid

Transpara Customer Success Story: Western Power Deploys Visual KPI Enterprise-wide for Improved Tracking of Operational Performance

QlikTech Customer Success Story: Illes Brings a Better Experience to Its Customers with QlikView on iPad

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Mobile BI: State of the Market



Mobility in the Workplace

According to recent reports from Ericsson, data traffic through mobile devices increased by 28 percent globally between Q3 and Q4 of 2012, with 140 million new mobile subscriptions in Q4 of 2012. Mobile subscriptions worldwide had grown at a pace of 8 percent year over year by Q1 of 2013, and the number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew at a rate of 45 percent to reach around 1.7 billion. At this point, it is fair to say that the world has turned mobile, and there is no turning back. While regions such as Africa and Asia Pacific are seeing tremendous growth, there is no region in the world that has not seen important growth in mobile subscription rates. Mobile devices have been assimilated globally, and are here to stay.

As mobile devices gain a stronghold of virtually every aspect of life—we use them to communicate, play, read, buy, and even to wake up each morning—they have also come to play a big role in the workplace. Mobile devices can be used to perform common office tasks, such as sending e-mail, but they are increasingly being used to gain critical insight into business processes and help companies better service their customers. As software providers are adding mobile versions of their enterprise software solutions to their portfolios, organizations can realize the potential that these technologies offer in many areas of the business, such as customer relationship management (CRM), field service management (FSM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and business analytics, to name a few. As a result, many mobile services have become a commodity and hence essential components for the operations of many organizations.

According to a recent Citrix Enterprise Mobility Report, companies of all sizes are already managing a large portfolio of mobile applications in their workflow. According to the survey the report is based on, organizations of all sizes have already incorporated, on average, 216 mobile applications into their departments, while small organizations use an average of 21 mobile apps and medium-sized companies use 141 mobile apps. Some organizations report having up to 337 mobile apps already in use.


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