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Business Performance Management Software Evaluation Report

Business performance management (BPM) enables organizations to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution, and provide insight needed to manage and improve financial and operational performance. This Software Evaluation Report covers scorecards, dashboards, business activity monitoring, and more. 

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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
LogiXML Helps to Power its Real-Estate Reporting and Analysis

Thought Leadership
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Market Insight
Mashups and Pervasive BI

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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.


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Enterprise Performance Management: Cycle II


In February 2009, Quocirca interviewed 800 individuals across eight geographies about their views on, and usage of, enterprise performance management (EPM) tools and processes. The research was repeated in December 2009 and there was a clear improvement in understanding of EPM basics. However, much remains to be done. The overall increase in the EPM sub-indices does not mean there is room for complacency. Find out why.

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Managing Performance, Risk, and Compliance for Better Business Results


Confronted by globalization and volatile markets, today’s companies face a challenging and often risky business climate. Explore how to ensure alignment between your company's strategic objectives and risk management/compliance policies; how to mitigate all types of business risk and maintain a proper risk/reward balance; and how to ensure continuous compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies.

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Tips to Improve Inbound Logistics by Managing Partner Performance


The number of steps involved in getting materials or products from suppliers to buyers makes inbound logistics an error-prone process. Each mistake costs you time, labor, money, customer satisfaction, and, ultimately, your competitive position in the marketplace. Learn how implementing a partner performance management program can help your company reduce the number of inbound-logistics problems, and minimize their impact.

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Are We Realizing the Value Promise of Performance Management?


This white paper explores the reasons why organizations do not realize true value from performance management systems, and describes best practices for realizing true value.

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Moving from Potential to Performance


Companies have invested heavily in their IT infrastructure, but they still face challenges with their existing business operations. To help create a cost-effective, high-performance system, SAP has developed a program to help companies proactively analyze and improve business performance in four key areas. Take a look at SAP Safeguarding services options and how they are designed to serve business users and IT staff.

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IBM Cognos 8 Performance Management for Use with SAP NetWeaver


Managing performance means understanding results, setting metrics, fixing plans, and making decisions. Based on best practices, performance management (PM) solutions help coordinate planning, budgeting, reporting, analysis, ad hoc queries, dashboarding, and scorecarding to support decision-making. Learn how PM solutions facilitate the flow of the right information to the right people at the right time.

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Why Performance Management? A Guide for the Midsize Organization


Midsize companies must rapidly grasp the issues influencing business performance, and secure the resources to deal with them efficiently and effectively. Managers need to access the data that can give them the insight to grow revenue, reduce operating costs, and improve processes. But data is often siloed in disconnected systems. Learn how to break your dependence on spreadsheets and attain better insight and performance.

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Trust but Verify: How to Best Measure Flash Storage Performance


Optimize costs and mitigate risk by reading this white paper on how to effectively measure flash storage performance. Learn why freeware tools can’t do the job, as functions such as compression, deduplication, and pattern reduction processing must be tested and assessed.

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Virtualization and Disk Performance


The recent explosion of virtualization as a technology coincides with the trend of consolidating systems on to less, but more powerful, hardware. With more robust hardware, consolidation makes cost-effective sense. And given the reduced management overhead and more efficient hardware use, virtualization makes a great deal of sense indeed. However, it’s also important to be aware of its dangers.

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