Mark Smith's Analyst Perspectives

Cisco to Foster Smarter Network of Data by Acquiring Composite Software

Posted by Mark Smith on Jun 21, 2013 12:50:35 PM

Cisco Systems has announced its intent to acquire Composite Software, which provides data virtualization to help IT departments interconnect data and systems; the purchase is scheduled to complete in early August. Cisco of course is known for its ability to interconnect just about anything with its networking technology; this acquisition will help it connect data better across networks. Over the last decade Composite had been refining the science of virtualizing data but had reached the peak of what it could do by itself, struggling to grow enough to meet the expectations of its investors, board of directors, employees, the market and visionary CEO Jim Green, who is well-known for his long commitment to improving data and technology architectures. According to press reports on the Internet, Cisco paid $180 million for Composite, which if true would be a good reward for people who have worked at Composite for some time and who were substantive shareholders.

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Topics: Big Data, Networking, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Information Management, Business Performance Management (BPM), Cisco, Composite Software, Data, Data Virtualization, Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Information Optimization, Internet of Everything, IT Performance Management (ITPM), Strata+Hadoop

Datawatch Acquires Panopticon for Big Data Discovery and Visualization across Business Processes

Posted by Mark Smith on Jun 20, 2013 9:31:17 AM

Business analytics can help organizations use data to find insights that lead to new opportunities and address issues unrecognized before. One player in this market is Datawatch, known for its tools for information optimization and harvesting value from big data including content and documents. I assessed the company earlier this year, and recently our firm recognized its customers’ achievements with 2013 Ventana Research Leadership Awards for Information Optimization with Phelps County Regional Medical Center and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) with The Fauquier Bank.

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Topics: Big Data, SAP, GRC, Office of Finance, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Panopticon, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Information Management, Operational Intelligence, Business Performance Management (BPM), CEP, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Datawatch, Discovery, Financial Performance Management (FPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Information Optimization, Sales Performance Management (SPM), SAP HANA, Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM)

Informatica Has New Vibe for Information Optimization

Posted by Mark Smith on Jun 14, 2013 12:20:16 PM

Information management is important to every line of business that seeks to improve its business processes and decision-making. In response to pressure from those departments, CIOs and IT organizations must examine whether they have focused enough on the I for information and not just the T for technology, and if they have not, commit to taking this responsibility more seriously than in the past. Informatica is one vendor that realizes the potential of its information beyond just data integration, and this is reflected in its expanded product portfolio and position in the market over the last several years. Our firm has taken note of companies gaining value from using Informatica; we awarded our 2013 CIO Leadership Award to George Brenckle of UMass Memorial Health Care for his work to maximize the value of information assets through managing data innovatively. Informatica itself has enhanced its position by introducing its new brand and a new CMO and demonstrating commitment to change from its executive leadership team at the company’s recent 2013 user conference. The focus of the brand now is on helping business and IT find the full value of their information.

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Topics: Data Quality, Master Data Management, Operational Performance Management (OPM), PowerCenter, Analytics, Business Analytics, CIO, Cloud Computing, Data Integration, Information Applications, Information Management, Business Performance Management (BPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Information Optimization, Vibe

Four Types of Discovery Technology For Using Big Data Intelligently

Posted by Mark Smith on May 7, 2013 9:42:17 AM

Information technology for business is changing rapidly as organizations demand innovation to help them discover insights and facts. Our research into business technology innovation found analytics to be the top priority in 39 percent of organizations. Businesses feel pressure to be better, faster and smarter in operating processes, and understanding their various types of information is a key to success. Businesses are looking to capture value from all types of information both within the enterprise and on the Internet. In this context technology providers are now using the term “discovery” to capture potential buyers’ attention; it became an area for technology spending in 2012 and likely will be for years to come. In fact my colleague Tony Cosentino has identified discovery as one of the four pillars of big data analytics.

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Topics: Big Data, Event discovery, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Analytics, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, CIO, Information Management, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence, Visualization, Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), Data, Data Discovery, Financial Performance Management (FPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Discovery, Information Management (IM), Sales Performance Management (SPM), Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM), Workforce Performance Management (WPM)

Datawatch Enables a New Generation of Information Optimization

Posted by Mark Smith on Apr 5, 2013 11:42:57 AM

When organizations need to optimize their business processes and improve operations and decisions, the often speak of having the right information at the right time, but don’t always make that a priority. This information optimization is often thought to be expensive and time-consuming, especially with advent of big data and disparate data sources across cloud and on-premises environments, as I have articulated. Datawatch can help business get to information of any variety or volume at any time through its access and integration tools. When I published my last analysis of Datawatch, it had made significant advancements in its platform, with enterprise-class reliability and support for business analytics through its data discovery and virtualization processes. Over the last year Datawatch continued to grow its business worldwide, and through investments into its marketing, sales and product efforts is finding more potential from existing and new customers. The company’s energized product efforts earned it our 2012 Technology Innovation Award for Information Applications for its Information Optimization Suite.

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Topics: Big Data, MapR, QlikView, Cloud Computing, Information Management, Uncategorized, Datawatch, Information Optimization

Businesses Can Turn to Scribe for Integration in the Cloud Anytime

Posted by Mark Smith on Apr 5, 2013 11:07:24 AM

Businesses continue to try to increase productivity and simplify tasks in order to use their time smarter. Our recent business technology innovation research found that, when it comes to analytics, 44 percent of organizations spend the most time on data-related tasks. With lack of resources being the largest issue impeding the adoption of technology, IT must operate efficiently while getting business the data it needs on a timely basis. Scribe Solutions has a business-centric data integration solution that operates in the cloud. Over the last 15 years Scribe has accumulated more than 12,000 customers worldwide that span from Fortune 500 to midsize to small organizations. Scribe enables business to access marketing and sales data (part of CRM) like that in Microsoft Dynamics. It has built a strong presence indirectly and through Microsoft partners; it claims to have more than 1,000 partners, and has been expanding efforts to broaden its position by supporting a range of data sources, including Salesforce.com.  Scribe focuses on what I call information optimization, providing value from information management investments, as I outlined in our research agenda.

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Topics: Microsoft, Marketo, On24, Operational Performance Management (OPM), SilverPop, Business Intelligence, Data Integration, Information Management, Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), FinancialForce, Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Information Optimization, Intuit Quicken, IT Performance Management (ITPM), Sales Performance Management (SPM), Scribe Software, Xactly

SAS Makes Analytics Pay Dividends for Business

Posted by Mark Smith on Mar 15, 2013 9:18:41 AM

I recently attended the annual SAS analyst summit to hear the latest company, product and customer growth news from the multi-billion-dollar analytics software provider. This global giant continues to grow its business and solutions to help with fraud prevention, marketing and risk. It lets users apply its analytic and statistical technology in practical applications for business. SAS can meet midsized businesses’ demand with packaging and pricing to ensure it is not seen as only affordable to Global 2000 companies. SAS’ growth in analytics should be no surprise, as our research finds analytics to be the first-ranked priority among technologies for innovating business.

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Topics: Big Data, Predictive Analytics, SAS, Fraud, GRC, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Analytics, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, CIO, Cloud Computing, Data Integration, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Information Management, Operational Intelligence, Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Risk, Sales Performance Management (SPM)

Informatica Establishes Order from Information Chaos

Posted by Mark Smith on Mar 11, 2013 4:06:35 PM

I recently attended the annual Informatica analyst summit to get the latest on that company’s strategy and plans. The data integration provider offers a portfolio of information management software that supports today’s big data and information optimization needs. Informatica is busy making changes in its presentation to the market and its marketing and sales efforts. New executives, including new CMO Marge Breya, are working to communicate what is possible with Informatica’s product portfolio, and it’s more than just data integration.

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Topics: Big Data, Data Quality, Master Data Management, Salesforce.com, MDM, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Governance, Data Integration, Data Management, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Informatica, Information Management, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence, CEP, Informatica Cloud, Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM), Strata+Hadoop

Information Optimization is a Key Benefit of Big Data Investments

Posted by Mark Smith on Mar 8, 2013 10:25:55 AM

Data is a commodity in business. To become useful information, data must be put into a specific business context. Without information, today’s businesses can’t function. Without the right information, available to the right people at the right time, an organization cannot make the right decisions nor take the right actions, nor compete effectively and prosper. Information must be crafted and made available to employees, customers, suppliers, partners and consumers in the forms they want it at the moments they must have it. Optimizing information in this manner is essential to business success. Yet I see organizations today focusing on investments in big data because they believe it can effortlessly bring analysts insights. That premise is incorrect.

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Topics: Big Data, Analytics, Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, In-Memory Computing, Information Management, Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Information Optimization, Strata+Hadoop, Digital Technology

SnapLogic is Making Big Data Integration as a Service a Hadoop Reality

Posted by Mark Smith on Mar 1, 2013 10:11:12 AM

SnapLogic, a provider of data integration in the cloud, this week announced Big Data-as-a-Service to address businesses’ needs to integrate and process data across Hadoop big data environments. As our research agenda for 2013 outlines, dealing with data in the cloud is very important to organizations. At the same time, businesses need to be able to integrate their big data with all their technology assets, as I pointed out recently.

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Topics: Big Data, R, Salesforce.com, Operational Performance Management (OPM), SnapLogic, Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, Cloudera, Data Integration, Information Management, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Sales Performance Management (SPM)