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Enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI) supplier, Vanguard Solutions Group's business strategy focuses on selling with and

prism bi  iSeries systems such as PRISM , JDE World , and MAPICS XA along with Oracle- and Microsoft SQL Server -based solutions such as PeopleSoft Enterprise One , Exact Progression , and AssetPoint's TabWare solutions . Therefore, GPS should be seen as a near real-time integration tool, allowing one view of data from a variety of systems, since it offers business users the power and flexibility to access the information they need to address specific business issues, regardless of where that data is stored.

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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Datawarehouse Vendors Moving Towards Application Suites


During September, two more data warehousing vendors announced product suites that they claim offer broader integration between different data warehousing technologies. BI vendor Cognos announced "Cognos platform", a tool to build complete "BI-ready data infrastructures". Data Movement vendor Ardent Software announced "DataStage XE", which is designed to "simplify integration of multiple data sources and business intelligence tools".

prism bi  with the purchase of Prism Solutions. Prism's mainframe based ETL tool provides Ardent with mainframe job scheduling and improved access to legacy data sources. Market Impact Data warehouse vendors are flocking to the suite concept. Ardent and Cognos have joined the ranks of larger vendors, such as Microsoft (with SQL Server 7.0) and Computer Associates (with DecisionBase 1.9), in attempting to provide end-to-end data warehousing solutions. Customers and prospects have been complaining for years about Read More

The Name and Ownership Change Roulette Wheel for Marcam Stops at SSA Global Part Three: Last-Ditch Effort by Invensys


Under Invensys, Marcam has seen things change frequently including reorganizations, management changes, strategy changes, and the loss of many employees with deep domain knowledge.

prism bi  a popular module for PRISM and the company saw success for BI as part of Protean. Last but not least, at the end of 2004, it planed to release a Quality Management module for Protean that has been seen as vital part of ERP by many process manufacturing companies. Namely, Marcam's PRISM product has included comparable functionality for some time and has proven to be a popular module. Unfortunately, it has not exactly been back to the future for Invensys-owned Marcam, given it had meanwhile forsaken its Read More

More Data is Going to the Cleaners


WESTBORO, Mass., November 29, 1999 - Ardent Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARDT) today announced a strategic partnership with Firstlogic, Inc., the developer of i.d.Centric data quality software that helps companies cleanse and consolidate data in database marketing, data warehousing, and e-business applications. Under the partnership agreement Firstlogic will develop and support a link between its customer data quality tools and Ardent's DataStage Suite.

prism bi  with the purchase of Prism Solutions. Prism had previously purchased QDB Solutions, which created QDB/Analyze, a tool for complex data cleansing, and this partnership will give them additional capabilities. User Recommendations We recommend that customers building warehouses from legacy data, which is typically dirty or non-conformed, evaluate the solution provided by Ardent. The vendor should be questioned on how tightly the products will be integrated. Read More

A Definition of Data Warehousing


There is a great deal of confusion over the meaning of data warehousing. Simply defined, a data warehouse is a place for data, whereas data warehousing describes the process of defining, populating, and using a data warehouse. Creating, populating, and querying a data warehouse typically carries an extremely high price tag, but the return on investment can be substantial. Over 95% of the Fortune 1000 have a data warehouse initiative underway in some form.

prism bi  was a co-founder of Prism Solutions, Inc. Ralph Kimball Ralph Kimball was co-inventor of the Xerox Star workstation, the first commercial product to use mice, icons, and windows. He was vice president of applications at Metaphor Computer Systems, and founder and CEO of Red Brick Systems. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford in electrical engineering, specializing in man-machine systems. Ralph is a leading proponent of the dimensional approach to designing large data warehouses. He currently teaches data Read More

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence: Business Intelligence (BI) Competitor Analysis Report


This business intelligence (BI) knowledge base covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This knowledge base covers everything from data mining to analytics, querying, reporting, workflow, and in-depth analysis.

prism bi  Cognos Business Intelligence: Business Intelligence (BI) Competitor Analysis Report This business intelligence (BI) knowledge base covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This knowledge base covers everything from data mining to Read More

Exact Business Analytics: Business Intelligence (BI) Competitor Analysis Report


This business intelligence (BI) knowledge base covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This knowledge base covers everything from data mining to analytics, querying, reporting, workflow, and in-depth analysis.

prism bi  Business Analytics: Business Intelligence (BI) Competitor Analysis Report This business intelligence (BI) knowledge base covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This knowledge base covers everything from data mining to analytics, Read More

Sole-sourcing BI from Your ERP Vendor: IT Convenience or Strategic Business Decision?


The software industry has witnessed a consolidation in the business intelligence (BI) market. In BI, enterprise technology conglomerates identified a growth market and an opportunity to upsell to their existing install base, primarily that of applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). This consolidation has rendered sole-sourcing BI from ERP vendors an alluring option for many organizations. Find out why.

prism bi  sourcing BI from Your ERP Vendor: IT Convenience or Strategic Business Decision? The software industry has witnessed a consolidation in the business intelligence (BI) market. In BI, enterprise technology conglomerates identified a growth market and an opportunity to upsell to their existing install base, primarily that of applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). This consolidation has rendered sole-sourcing BI from ERP vendors an alluring option for many organizations. Find out why. Read More

Operational BI


By adopting traditional business intelligence (BI) tools, companies have gained valuable insights into past activities and results. However, with operational BI that is different from standard and tactical BI, promptness of information and data in real-time or near real-time is established. Learn how operational BI can boost the timeliness and accuracy of business decisions, and improve operational efficiency and results.

prism bi  BI By adopting traditional business intelligence (BI) tools, companies have gained valuable insights into past activities and results. However, with operational BI that is different from standard and tactical BI, promptness of information and data in real-time or near real-time is established. Learn how operational BI can boost the timeliness and accuracy of business decisions, and improve operational efficiency and results. Read More

SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us


In the IDC report SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us , you'll learn how a SaaS-based BI solution can help employees throughou...

prism bi  BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us For years, only top executives at large corporations had access to business intelligence (BI). Not anymore. Today, the software as a service (SaaS) revolution has brought the power of BI to companies and decision makers at all levels —including people who create plans and forecasts and manage operations across the enterprise. Is your company taking advantage of the democratization of BI? Or are your information workers still struggling to mine Read More

Mobile BI Market Landscape Report


BI applications aim to provide users with the technology, analytics, and user experience features needed to improve the organization’s decision-making process, and many providers now offer mobile BI software features. This report is intended to guide you through the evolution of a number of mobile BI applications as well as to provide you with an analysis of information gathered from both the mobile BI vendor and user communities in your exploration of the mobile BI marketplace.

prism bi  BI Market Landscape Report BI applications aim to provide users with the technology, analytics, and user experience features needed to improve the organization’s decision-making process, and many providers now offer mobile BI software features. This report is intended to guide you through the evolution of a number of mobile BI applications as well as to provide you with an analysis of information gathered from both the mobile BI vendor and user communities in your exploration of the mobile BI marke Read More

BI Approaches of Enterprise Software Vendors


The need for business intelligence (BI) is real for all enterprise software users. It is rare to find a user who feels they get the information they need from their enterprise software system and even those who do want more. The need is not just reporting; they need business monitoring, analysis, an understanding of why things are happening. They need diagnostic tools.

prism bi  Approaches of Enterprise Software Vendors Introduction The need for business intelligence (BI) is real for all enterprise software users. It is rare to find a user who feels they get the information they need from their enterprise software system and even those who do want more. The need is not just reporting; they need business monitoring, analysis, an understanding of why things are happening. They need diagnostic tools. Enterprise software systems are designed as transaction processing tools and job Read More

BI Hits the Road II


In my previous blog post BI Hits the Road, I briefly discussed the new adoption of mobile business intelligence (BI) offerings and featured some important vendors in this space. Here I’ll continue the discussion into mobile BI space expansion, and cover of some of the features, considerations, and challenges in the utilization of mobile BI solutions. Though mobile technology is not

prism bi  Hits the Road II In my previous blog post BI Hits the Road , I briefly discussed the new adoption of mobile business intelligence (BI) offerings and featured some important vendors in this space. Here I’ll continue the discussion into mobile BI space expansion, and cover of some of the features, considerations, and challenges in the utilization of mobile BI solutions. Though mobile technology is not new, the adoption of mobile solutions for BI has not proceeded at a pace comparable to other types of Read More

BI Hits the Road IV: MicroStrategy and QlikTech


In this issue of BI Hits the Road, I’d like to take a look at the mobile offerings of two business intelligence (BI) software providers: MicroStrategy (see vendor profile) and QlikTech (see vendor profile). These companies’ mobile BI strategy development efforts have paid off in fervent interest in their solutions by small to large organizations in various industries. Let’s use our

prism bi  Hits the Road IV: MicroStrategy and QlikTech In this issue of BI Hits the Road , I’d like to take a look at the mobile offerings of two business intelligence (BI) software providers: MicroStrategy ( see vendor profile ) and QlikTech ( see vendor profile ). These companies’ mobile BI strategy development efforts have paid off in fervent interest in their solutions by small to large organizations in various industries. Let’s use our standard set of criteria to compare the offerings from these two Read More

BI on the Go


Infographic: TEC recently surveyed more than 250 users of mobile business intelligence (BI) solutions to discover some of their common use practices with mobile BI applications, and their mobile BI requirements. See what they said.

prism bi  on the Go Here are some of the results of a recent TEC survey of users of mobile business intelligence (BI) solutions. For more information, check out our 2014 Mobile BI Buyer's Guide . Read More