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RIM Gets the Gist (of Social Media)
The recent acquisition of Gist by BlackBerry developer Research In Motion (RIM) prompted this TEC water cooler information session between TEC's Managing Editor

dashboard google  you see in your dashboard is also controlled by the options you select when you create your contacts. By default, they all show in the list with all their news. You can use a tag for all people imported from Twitter for instance, but you still need to filter further by adding new tags or setting different levels of importance for your contacts. DC : OK, I get it now. So why has RIM acquired this application? GG : There are two main reasons, in my opinion. The first is general consolidation in the social

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BI Hits the Road III: Two Niche Vendors Considered


As I’m writing this post, more software vendors are launching their mobile business intelligence (BI) solutions. So I’ve decided to hurry up and start talking about the vendors that are shaping the mobile BI space. In this installment of BI Hits the Road (see Part 1 and Part 2) I will describe some of the features of two specific mobile BI solutions offered by a couple of vendors: Roambi from

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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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Executive Overview
Using BI 2.0 to Increase your Competitive Advantage

Case Study
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Market Insight
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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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New Updates from Peoplefluent


Talent management professionals may be interested in Peoplefluent's announcement today revealing newly released features that support talent development, training programs, and effective employee communication. The press release underlines a deeper integration between Peoplefluent Talent Management—performance management, career planning, leadership talent reviews, and succession planning—and

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Dassault Systèmes Manufacturing Solution Goes Mobile


Dassault Systèmes has announced a mobile DELMIA Apriso offering that extends the reach of the Apriso product portfolio for global MOM beyond the desktop for workers and managers on the shop floor as well as executives.

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NetSuite Is TEC Certified for ERP for Services Evaluation


NetSuite ERP is now TEC certified in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services software space. TEC's Ted Rohm gives you the benefits of NetSuite ERP for services organizations, and shares the main enhancements of the redesign of NetSuite ERP's user interface in Version 4, release 2. Read up on progressive disclosure and other features that make NetSuite ERP a solid solution for the services industry.

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Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor


Because production systems on the shop floor are typically not synchronized and integrated with the planning ones, there is a lack of timely and accurate information that results in disconnected business processes.

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5 Things You Should Not Confuse Business Performance Management With


If you search for business performance management (BPM) on Google, you'll get around 700,000 results. Out of this huge number of results, you will presumably refer to a popular source—Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, BPM is “a set of processes that help organizations optimize their business performance.” The same source affirms that some people see it as the next generation of business

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Plex Manufacturing Cloud Has New User Interface


Making sure that Plex Manufacturing Cloud was fast and easy for the plant worker has always been part of Plex Systems’ DNA, but the product’s computer numeric control (CNC) machine look and feel has traditionally been not that appealing to other roles in a manufacturing company. Now the vendor has embarked on embellishing its UI in earnest.

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A Visionary of Loveliness


Informix released version 2.0 of their interactive data analysis dashboard Visionary. The tool is designed for decision-makers and provides capabilities for viewing and analyzing dynamic data from a variety of sources.

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Online Marketing: Content Marketing to Keep Google Happy


There is no denying that content marketing is a must-do for any online business. Content is what drives your social media marketing and SEO campaigns, and without a strong content marketing campaign propelling your brand forward, your Internet marketing will eventually plateau. A content marketing campaign should mainly be focused on creating informational and educational content, not promotional material for your brand, building your authority as an industry expert. Find out how to do this while meeting SEO standards.

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