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As 2009 comes to a close, we look forward to the New Year and everything trendy that it will bring. Today, TEC’s Research Analyst Round Table discusses the

business intelligence tools information documentations  Social Product Development •    Business Intelligence (BI) for the Masses •    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) •    Software Integration vs. Niche Players •    Mobile Commerce (M-commerce) Social Networking – Sherry Fox Over the last five years, social networking—in the form of intranets, wikis, messaging centers, blogs, and more—has changed the way many organizations handle many of their day-to-day operations. Some of the more popular social

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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Jeeves Information Systems


Jeeves Information Systems AB is a Sweden-based independent software vendor (ISV) that develops ERP systems for small and medium-sized companies in the manufacturing, commercial and service sectors. The company focuses on product development while sales are dealt with by 500 committed and professionals and consultants with industry specific skills within various business processes. Jeeves Information Systems AB collaborates with more than 70 partner locations in 15 countries, with partners being represented at 20 locations in Sweden alone. The company’s products are Jeeves Selected and Jeeves Universal, which are installed at more than 2,000 companies with over 20,000 users.

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Five Tips for Saving Money on Your Business Phone System


With recession looming and profit margins under siege, the last thing any company needs is a capital-draining business phone system. Fortunately, today’s voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) providers offer plenty of cost-trimming features to keep business phone costs in check or dramatically lower communications overhead. Read here to know the five ways businesses are taking advantage of new VoIP technology to save money.

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Industry Expert's Guide to Buying a Business Phone System


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TEC 2012 Business Intelligence and Data Management Buyer's Guide


The advent of new computing models and innovative technologies is reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape. Read this buyer’s guide to get the latest on major changes in the BI and data management space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution. You’ll also get detailed product comparisons, a comprehensive vendor directory, customer success stories, and thought leadership commentary.

New trends in BI. We will review some of the new trends and technologies in the BA space as well as some of the players in the arena. We will also touch upon products such as operational intelligence and data discovery products and how they are impacting the BI space.

BI suite solutions. This section considers a group of important vendors in the BI space that offer a complete BI suite of solutions, with comprehensive coverage of many aspects of the BI lifecycle, from data collection to visualization.

Analytics databases. Here we take a general approach to a new breed of data management solutions for data analysis, as well as data warehousing solutions. This section covers some of the most relevant providers offering new ways to solving data warehousing issues and providing data analysis.

Business analytics. Last but not least, we will dive into a new set of data analytics tools specifically designed and prepared with advanced features and functions for specific industries. We will take a look at core predictive analytics tools and highlight some of the products available for specific industries, such as health care, and for financials, customer care and satisfaction, human resources (HR), and social media purposes.

This guide will therefore provide you with a broad overview of traditional and new BI offerings in the market so that you can stay current on all the changes taking place in the BI space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution to help you address your business needs.


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Preface

BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions

TEC Resources for Business Intelligence

Casebook

Flying High: Actuate Reporting Solution Earns its Striped at RAF, as Support Department Tightens its Supply Chain and Adds More Value

Greenplum Customer Success Story: Greenplum Database Helps Commercial Bank Drive Revenue and Reduce Risk

IPC Global Customer Success Story: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Revolutionizes Information Delivery with QlikView

LogiXML Customer Success Story: London Borough of Islington Saves £800k Annually with LogiXML

Microsoft SQL Server Customer Solution Case Study: Retailer Expects $10 million Profit Boost, Gets Better Sales Visibility with BI Solution

Pentaho Customer Success Story: StoneGate Senior Chooses Pentaho’s Business Intelligence

Salient Customer Success Story: Major Multi-Line Beverage Wholesaler Gets Better with ‘Age’

SAS Customer Success Story: AstraZeneca Assures Product Quality, Maximizes Production Efficient with SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence

SAP Customer Success Story: Kennametal: Becoming Customer Centric with SAP Software for Data Insight and Consistent Processes

Thought Leadership: BI Maturity and Software Selection Perspectives

SHL Customer Success Story: Time Warner Cable Improves Efficiency and Benchmarks its Talent with SHL

Tableau Customer Success Story: ebay: Driving the Site with Big Data Analytics

TARGIT Customer Success Story: AerRianta International North America Inc. – Improving Productivity and Operations with TARGIT BI Suite

TIBCO Software Customer Success Story: Relay Technology Management Develops Biopharma Industry’s First Unified Solution for Real-time Business Intelligence and Data Visualization

Transpara Customer Success Story: Visual KPI Value Snapshot: National Grid Maximizing Operation Performance at National Grid

UNIT4 Customer Success Story: Tollpost Globe Improves Business and Individual Performance with UNIT4 Business Analytics Apps

Yellowfin – Making Business Intelligence Easy: Yellowfin BI in Telecommunications


TEC Partners Resource Directory


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BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions


Major changes have been reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape in the last couple of years. BI software solutions have become not only more specialized in functionality, but also more powerful, versatile, and sophisticated in their capability. In addition, the systems are less monolithic, more function oriented, and easier to use.

These major trends in the BI space are a culmination of the changes in the software industry over the past decade and a natural evolution of the BI field. Certainly, the emergence of new computing models—such as cloud computing; the verticalization of many branches of enterprise software solutions to offer software specialized by function, industry, or line of business (LoB); and of course, the advent of innovative technologies such as mobile computing, big-data analytics, and in-memory technologies—is greatly influencing the way BI is performed today.

The complete BI cycle is continuing to change at a fast pace, and so is the set of complementary solutions to support the complete decision-making process of an organization. This guide aims to look at some of the traditional systems as well as new options in the BI marketplace that can help today’s organizations deploy or enhance their decision-support platforms. Specifically, we will explore the main features and functions of these software solutions and the role they play within the BI cycle to help your organization make better and more informed decisions.

With so many changes taking place in the BI and business analytics (BA) industry, it’s hard to stay current. This buyer’s guide will walk you through some of the changes in the BI and data management spaces, the new types of products currently available, and the innovative trends that are gaining traction and reshaping the BI industry.

Because of the project-based and people-oriented nature of services organizations, this business segment requires software applications that are capable of supporting services oriented business processes and adequately handling multiple internal challenges that are intrinsic to this industry.



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How Business Intelligence Happens


Traditionally, business intelligence (BI) isn’t something you just install onto a server or client computer—which may be why some midsize companies have avoided it. Learn the basic processes by which BI is introduced into an environment, find out why it’s traditionally a time‐consuming and expensive proposition for most companies, and discover some of the ways in which you can implement BI more easily and for less money.

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BUSINESS FIRST


BUSINESS FIRST is an open and visual application factory integrating business process management (BPM) and model-driven engineering (MDE) innovative technologies.  

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2011 Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide: BI for Everyone


This buyer guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of business intelligence (BI) systems across large enterprises as well as small to medium businesses (SMBs). It presents a comprehensive view of the wide spectrum of BI software solutions currently available and investigates how they match different types of organizations according to size and need.

The guide addresses software solutions in three major groupings:

  • BI for large enterprises
  • BI for SMBs
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI offerings
The guide covers a wide range of BI solutions for almost all organizations, and anyone interested in a BI system should be able to identify a potential suitable solution. Each section contains specific information to help organizations research and analyze BI solutions, and make decisions about which BI software is a good fit for them.


Table of Contents


Preface

Business Intelligence: A Buyer’s Guide

SAP Customer Success Story
Marcus & Millichap Sharpens Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution Portfolio

SAP Customer Success Story
Aquent Uses SAP BusinessObjects Software Tools to Deliver Talent

QlikView Customer Success Story
Fast Growing Company, Mayflex, Chooses IBM Cognos Express to Deliver Essential Business Intelligence and Planning Capability

MicroStrategy Customer Success Story
Using MicoStrategy Mobile to Perform Marketing and Consumer Shopping Behavior Analysis

Thought Leadership
SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us

SAP Special Report
The Business Information Revolution: Best-run Businesses Innovate Better with SAP

TEC Special Report
The Role of Business Intelligence in Content Strategies


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Is BI Really for Everyone?


BI for Large Enterprises

Because of the nature of BI, which traditionally involved the incorporation of expensive high-end software technology, BI software systems were first deployed in large enterprises. To encompass the complete BI life cycle process, it was necessary to have strong budgets, as well as the means and justification for taking financial risks in order to gain a competitive advantage. To achieve this competitive advantage, many large companies were eager for software tools that would enable them to improve their decision-making process. Some software companies responded to this need by accelerating the evolution of classical decision support systems to provide sophisticated analysis tools with high-end software technology. Naturally, the high cost of these types of tools limited their accessibility to large-scale companies (also, the technical requirements for this technology could be met by big corporations only).

In the last four or five years, economic factors as well as the exponential growth of data volumes generated by organizations have forced the development of very sophisticated BI applications, and also expanded the kind of tools a classical BI system normally uses. The BI space is still growing and maturing, and large corporations are still demanding new solutions for new enterprise needs.


BI for SMBs

With recent economic conditions and the information boom, many smaller companies have found themselves requiring analysis tools that enable them to improve their business monitoring and performance improvement strategies. BI solution innovation has cascaded down from large companies to provide adapted and specific services to companies with a need for advanced analytic software tools but with very limited budgets. Recent BI tools have improved the BI life cycle to help organizations of every size and shape to improve analysis, data management, and data visualization tools.


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Unit4 Business World


Unit4 Business World (formerly UNIT4 Agresso), a role-based, Web services, and service-oriented architecture (SOA) solution, includes financial management, procurement management, human resources (HR) and payroll, project costing and billing, reporting and analytics, and business process automation solutions. The solution provides tight coupling of data management (information warehouse), process modeling (business processes), and information delivery (reporting and analytics), which means that changes made to an organization’s data or business processes are reflected throughout the solution.

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Why Business Intelligence Makes Sense for SMBs


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A Practical Framework for Business Intelligence and Planning in Midsize Companies


Every company needs a clear set of goals and objectives to achieve maximum benefits from its business intelligence (BI) and planning projects. But a company must do more than state its goals to achieve its BI and planning objectives. It needs a working framework that provides a blueprint for success. Learn how a software solution can provide essential BI and planning functions while setting the stage for future growth.

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