Phish-ing for New Operational Revenues

By John Myers on Mar 7, 2012 10:18:35 AM

Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium and IBM Intelligence Operations Center

Last September, Forbes Magazine published its 2011 ranking of the NFL’s Most Valuable Teams. Forbes gives detailed financial information on why NFL franchise values are “only” growing by 1.4%. The article notes that operating costs for NFL franchises are rising. This increase is due to:

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Is there a NoSQL Identity Crisis

By John Myers on Feb 28, 2012 2:55:10 PM

As Big Data initiatives mature into enterprise data sources supported by NoSQL products for analytics and operational systems, a clash of cultures is on the horizon (if not here already). Traditional IT implementations teams and their top-down programs rarely see eye to eye with the grass roots culture of NoSQL platform operators. But this divide is not merely between the camps of Big Data/NoSQL and traditional IT implementation teams. This is just the tip of the iceberg…. The divide becomes much more pronounced when you take the discussion to the executive suite. CMOs and CFOs, who “own” results of analytical and operational systems, are less concerned with data center standards and development methodologies as they time to value. CIOs and CTOs, responsible for implementing the connectivity and integration between NoSQL platforms and the rest of the traditional IT environment, are facing pressures to avoid chasing the latest technology fad(s).

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Corporate Data Return on Investment

By John Myers on Feb 22, 2012 2:55:09 PM

Informatica Goal: Maximize Return on Data

The theme of last week’s Informatica Analyst Conference was utilizing the “secular megatrends” of information technology to energize data integration across organizations at an enterprise scale.  These megatrends, described as trends we can all agree upon, are the following:

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NoSQL Implementation Drivers

By John Myers on Feb 9, 2012 2:55:08 PM

If you look at the history of Big Data requirements (volume, velocity and variety), and the NoSQL platforms supporting those requirements, you see a history of organizations and development teams breaking the mold of traditional information technology (IT) programs. Instead of following the traditional IT methodologies to solve the Big Data issues, these teams pushed the envelope and invented new technologies to solve those “volume, velocity and variety” problems. More often than not, these efforts were accomplished using collaborative, bottom-up methodologies, such as Open Source, rather than rigid, top-down approaches found in traditional product development methodologies. Specifically, if you look at the history of the Hadoop development at Yahoo, you see an approach that sought the input and wide spread resources of the Open Source movement rather than a more rigid proprietary approach.

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Blurring the Lines Across Traditional Boundaries: Top IT & Data Management Trends of 2012

By Dennis Drogseth on Jan 27, 2012 11:37:00 AM

At the beginning of this month, EMA analysts were asked for their predictions about what 2012 might bring. Responses spanned management solutions across applications, systems, network, security, services, assets, desktops, and mobile devices, as well as business intelligence and content management. The results were surprisingly cohesive, and as a whole reflected core requirements in analytics, [...]

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Gathering Cloud Strength in Numbers

By John Myers on Jan 24, 2012 1:03:32 PM

MicroStrategy adds Teradata to list of Cloud Partners

This week at the MicroStrategy World 2012 Conference in Miami Teradata and MicroStrategy announced that Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse (IDW) was being added to the lineup of partners for the MicroStrategy Cloud.  The list of partners includes:

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Building the Path to Mobile BI

By John Myers on Jan 13, 2012 1:03:31 PM

In-Memory and Mobile Drive SAP

Today, SAP announced their revenues for 2011.  It was a record year in many respects.  In particular, SAP touted growth for their in-memory database HANA and their Mobile Solutions growth – two components I consider important for the development of an organizations Mobile BI capabilities.  Both exceeded expectations.

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Just Add Data Business Intelligence

By John Myers on Dec 28, 2011 10:27:32 AM

Codeless BI from Altosoft

Recently I received a briefing from Altosoft to take a look at their 4th generation product – Altosoft’s Insight Release 4.  Altosoft Insight is a single unified business intelligence environment that contains the entire stack from ETL to data visualization.  This integrated environment allows for Altosoft users to have a completely (if desired) code/scripting-free implementation.  The integrated environment also allows for the automatic management of metadata and data mart storage optimization.
This “removal” of coding and scripting from an implementation removes many of the barriers, that business users and less robust IT departments may have, in implementing a BI environment.  The development interface is clean.  The point-and-click choices make the creation and implementation of a BI analytic dashboard less costly than it might be with a different environment.  This brings down time to implementation and ongoing maintenance issues.  With this approach, Altosoft promises to increase speed to implementation and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

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Building the Right Tool for the Job

By John Myers on Dec 21, 2011 10:26:31 AM

Birst Announces Optimized In-Memory Database

Last week, Birst made a thought-provoking announcement regarding its analytical architecture.  Birst, a cloud-based agile analytics company, announced a self-developed, in-memory, columnar data store option for its offerings beginning in January 2012.  This in-memory, columnar database option provides Birst with another self-developed component for its cloud-based architecture.
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Business Intelligence as You Want It

By John Myers on Nov 30, 2011 10:26:31 AM

TIBCO Updates Cloud-based Analytics

In September, TIBCO Software announced the latest update of its on-demand business analytics platform -  TIBCO Silver Spotfire® 2.0.  The prepackaged graph, chart and dashboard functionality in TIBCO Silver Spotfire 2.0 provides the type of data visualization functionality non-IT staff members can deploy easily.  This functionality has a level of maturity that business users will adopt quickly.  TIBCO Silver Spotfire provides an overall speed to implementation that allows organizations developing their business intelligence and data visualization requirements to make quick adjustments to existing business intelligence projects within Silver Spotfire 2.0 and fast implementations to either develop prototype visualizations or implements new business intelligence requirements.

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