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SAS/Warehouse 2.0 Goes Live
SAS Institute has announced the production availability of SAS/Warehouse Administrator software, Version 2.0. This new version provides IT the ability to

selection bi warehouse  list of candidates for selection. With their background in statistical products, SAS is particularly strong in the data-mining arena. SAS Institute's extract/transform/load tool has native drivers for many of the legacy data formats on the market (including databases such as CA/IDMS, CISAM, Model 204, MUMPS, and Unidata), and should have an interface for almost any customer's requirement. The products also provide integration with data modeling tools such as CA/ERWin to simplify the consolidation of

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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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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BI State of the Market Report


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.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2009 BI Buyer’s Guide for businesses.

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SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI for Business Intelligence Certification Report


SAP's business intelligence solution, SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, is now TEC Certified. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations who rely on the integrity of TEC’s research services for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this 24-page TEC report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Technology Evaluation Centers’ Latest Buyer’s Guide Highlights Mobile Business Intelligence (BI) Solutions


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has launched its first buyer’s guide of 2014, on Mobile BI solutions. According to TEC senior BI analyst Jorge Garcia, “Mobility is becoming a key component of every organization’s plan for modernizing its business, both at the level of individual workers and for the organization as a whole.”

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An Overview of the Knowledge Based Selection Process


The TechnologyEvaluation.Com’s (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor’s tactical, strategic and qualitative measures as compared to the specific business and technology needs of our clients.

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Simulation In The Warehouse


Simulation can remedy one time and ongoing problems in the warehouse. Learn about the technology of computer stimulation and how it can benefit senior management in the logistics, distribution, and warehousing industries. This paper will describe the benefits of simulation as an analytical tool and the industrial lessons learned from failed simulation projects.

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SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI: Designed for Growing Companies


Read about affordable business intelligence (BI) software for midsize companies that includes solutions that address BI requirements from operational reporting to flexible ad hoc query reporting and analysis, to dashboards and visualization, to powerful data quality and integration, to planning and budgeting. The solution provides an intuitive BI experience for where and how you work.

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ERP Selection Guide for Small and Mid-Market Businesses


Every year, companies face the challenge of selecting new business software solutions. Whatever the reasons for the selection, there are basic criteria and cost considerations that companies must take into account. The goal is to compare several enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors against each other in terms of long-term cost and software quality. Learn more in this selection guide from Abas software.

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Mobile BI: Features, Challenges, and Opportunities


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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ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study Part 1: Business Model Scenarios


During a recent Enterprise Resource Planning selection engagement with a large aerospace and defense manufacturer TEC had the opportunity to evaluate and compare the offerings of four top vendors. Each vendor’s offering differed in such areas as functionality, flexibility, process fit and ease of use. Find out what TEC learned as a result of the selection engagement.

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