Mark Smith's Analyst Perspectives

Infrastructure and Analytics Power Oracle BI 11g to New Levels

Posted by Ventana Research on Jul 9, 2010 2:40:30 PM

At the Oracle Business Intelligence analyst summit in June, company executives touted the advances and accomplishments of Oracle Business Intelligence 10g over the last several years along with outlining the features of what was announced in April as Oracle Business Intelligence 11g is now available for purchase. The new version was three years in the making, and so I last wrote about aspects of that back in 2008. Apparently it took this longer-than-usual product cycle to fully integrate the BI platform with the Oracle 11g middleware as well as with the analytic database Oracle Essbase and to create a seamless user experience with the BI capabilities. It is also important to note that Oracle BI 11g is the foundation for analytics in the Oracle Fusion Applications, the first of which are being released in 2010 though announced last year at Oracle OpenWorld.

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Oracle, Business Intelligence (BI), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM)

Analytics, Integration Across the Cloud: Easier with Pervasive

Posted by Ventana Research on Jul 7, 2010 2:27:01 PM

I have written often about how business applications and services operating on the Internet must be interfaced to the enterprise. When businesses rent applications through software as a service (SaaS) or cloud computing, they create challenges in making that data usable by a range of analytic systems inside the enterprise. Pervasive Software specializes in providing data integration and management software for these purposes and has evolved its technology for distributed data integration.

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Topics: Pervasive, Cloud Computing, Data Integration, Information Management (IM)

MicroStrategy Mobile BI is Simpler on Apple

Posted by Ventana Research on Jul 6, 2010 2:20:25 PM

At MicroStrategy World in Cannes, France, MicroStrategy announced today the general availability of MicroStrategy Mobile for the Apple iPhone and iPad. This release adds another means of getting business information and metrics to a broad audience of mobile workers through their preferred technology. Supported by our benchmark research and in my recent blog I noted the growing demand by business for simpler access to mobile business intelligence.

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Topics: Mobile BI, Android, Business Mobility, Business Intelligence (BI), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), iPad, iPhone

Use a New Generation of Business Metrics and Key Indicators That Matter Most

Posted by Ventana Research on Jul 6, 2010 2:15:26 PM

The market for business intelligence (BI) and performance management has grown as more businesses see the need to understand, optimize and align performance at all levels of employees. But while the technology has evolved to become easier to use, organizations have been slow to use it to create performance metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). At last that is starting to change. Our benchmark research in business intelligence and performance management found that 41 percent of organizations now deploy evaluation-based performance metrics, 29 percent are assessing them and others are planning to deploy some sort of metrics in the next year.

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Topics: Key Performance Indictors, KPI, Metrics, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Business Performance Management (BPM)