Author: Jorge Garcia


SaaS BI Provider BIME Announces Release of v1.60: Geospatial Analysis

With the belief that business intelligence (BI) applications are sometimes too hard to use, manage, and deploy, We Are Cloud, a software provider company based in France (Oh la la!), created BIME, a software-as-a- service (SaaS) BI application. BIME’s goal is to offer a powerful tool from the cloud to make BI easy. Yes, I am talking about a SaaS BI offering. Recently, a colleague and I Read More

BI and BPM: It’s Not as Blurry as You Think

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: February 25 2010
There seems to be a blurry line between business intelligence (BI) and business performance management (BPM) applications. Some software vendors offer solutions that actually incorporate BPM and BI within the same application, which makes it harder to distinguish between these two software solutions. The following are some—certainly not all—key differentiators between BI and/or BPM functionality Read More

SAP BusinessObjects BI, Now On-demand

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: February 25 2010
Yesterday, SAP announced the release of the SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand solution. This new product will enable users with no previous experience with business intelligence (BI) applications to use a BI toolset with complete ease. It also will let users access and navigate through their on-demand and on-premise data by incorporating the complete set of BusinessObjects tools. This announcement Read More

Avoiding the Four Data Display Pitfalls in Dashboard Design

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: January 8 2010
Presenting data and results is one of the fundamental stages of every business intelligence (BI) or business performance (BPM) deployment. Data is also important when adopting a new solution, and for the overall success of a BI project—even when the project stage does not represent any major technical challenge. A dashboard is the main screen by which end users, executives, managers, Read More

3 DSS Myths Exploded

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: December 2 2009
Making a decision related to your own business or the company you work for is not simple: modern business models have too much information to be analyzed by one person without the right tools. Examples of frequent but complex decisions include developing new business models, broadening investments on technology, expanding the number of stores, or even deciding whether it’s the right time to Read More

The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 2)

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: October 29 2009
In the first part of this blog, I mentioned that sentiment analysis measures the polarity of opinion—positive, negative, or neutral—regarding a subject, a product, a service, etc. Two main approaches can be used to perform sentiment analysis or text mining: a knowledge-based approach, which uses linguistic models to classify sentiments; and a learning-based approach, which uses Read More

The Intelligence of Social Media (Part 1)

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: October 23 2009
According to Wikipedia, “social media is online content created for people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies.” These days, networking is very different than it was in the past. A lot of social media services like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, personal blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other types of media content generate big volumes of data. But more importantly, people Read More

Cognos Express-a New “Big” Product for the Midsized Market?

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: October 16 2009
Many midsized companies have to deal with a very particular problem: the need of a true business intelligence (BI) solution, while having to select and deploy one within a tight budget. On September 29, 2009, IBM Cognos announced the launch of Cognos Express, a new product specially designed to meet the needs of the midsized market. Of course, here at TEC, we took the time to give it a try. We Read More

IBM Cognos Express: Easy BI?

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  • Published: September 15 2009
On Monday, IBM gave me a sneak peek of its new business analytics software tool for midsized clients. The name of the new product is Cognos Express, and IBM’s press release says it’s an “all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution designed specifically for midsized clients.” Designed and priced for midsized companies and derived from the original IBM Cognos software Read More

Murphy's BI Laws

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  • Published: August 24 2009
It's always good to remember that science and technology follow general laws, and that those laws are inviolable. This is especially true when it comes to Murphy’s Law: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." In order to achieve success in a BI deployment project, you’ll have to consider a very important subset of Murphy’s Laws in order to avoid failures and delays. I hope Read More
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