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Posts from the ‘Business Analytics’ Category

29
Mar

Social Media: Measured Response

How’s that social media strategy working out? Tough to tell? You bet it is.

You remember the old saying about advertising: “Half of all advertising works. You just can’t tell which half?” Social media, seemingly better targeted than billboards and newspaper ads to persons with a specific interest in its content, can be pretty slippery to measure too. Good numbers are hard to come by. But everyone’s looking for them.

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10
Mar

Maturity check

If you want to implement any technology, you’ve got to assess whether it’s right for you. That means taking stock of your capabilities as they are, not as you’d like them to be. In short, it means understanding your level of maturity. That’s especially true when you’re looking into implementing a business intelligence (BI) system.

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1
Mar

RFID: No asset left behind

“Lost stuff turns up.” That was the reflection for the day recently in the newspaper to which I subscribe. Generally speaking, lost stuff does turn up, but how many times have you misplaced something and when you look for it, either give up or go out and buy another one, only to find the original item soon thereafter? Be honest.

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10
Feb

What’s love got to do with it?

You can’t look ahead to this weekend without looking beyond it to Monday, Valentine’s Day. If there’s someone special in your life, it’s a holiday that’s hard to ignore. Make sure you’ve got the roses and chocolates covered; maybe even have some fun. Your special person is worth it, isn’t he or she?

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26
Jan

Social networks go corporate

Are you old enough to remember when your company put in e-mail for every employee? It seemed like a luxury at the time, but soon not many people could imagine work without it.

Some people think we’re in the midst of a changeover from e-mail to social networking services. Gartner has stated that by 2014 social networking services will replace e-mail as the primary vehicle for interpersonal communication by as many as 20% of business users.

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10
Nov

Webcasts R Us

Taking a break from following Larry Ellison’s testimony in the intellectual property case against SAP to prep for three Webcasts next week: on Tuesday, November 16, I’ll host a Webcast focusing on cloud and virtualization. Don Boulia of IBM will explain just why virtualization and cloud implementations go hand-in-hand – and how to improve efficiency, lower costs and increase business agility by bringing virtualization to your cloud. Read more

26
Oct

Cognos 10: You can never be too fast, too social or too mobile

Cognos 10, the new release of IBM’s flagship business analytics product, has a host of improvements, most notable among them being faster operation, support for Apple iPhone and iPad devices and integration with Lotus Connections for social networking (communities, blogs and wikis). The rollout of Cognos 10 headlines the IBM IOD (Information on Demand) conference in Las Vegas this week. (See eWEEK’s coverage here; InformationWeek’s coverage here.)

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24
Sep

Decisions, Decisions

Making decisions on the fly has always been critical to business success — great executives are great at filtering out noise to focus only on the relevant issues and then decide quickly. Read more

21
Sep

There they go again: IBM acquires Netezza

Another week, another acquisition. Continuing to build up its business analytics portfolio, IBM acquired Netezza, a vendor of business analytics and data warehouse appliances.

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16
Sep

Open Pages: A Key Strategic Pickup for IBM

IBM’s acquisition of Open Pages gives the company a spearhead for its business analytics strategy – an important focus of growth at IBM. Faced with global competitors EMC and SAP, IBM had no strong message in Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) prior to the Open Pages Deal. Now, the competitive GRC landscape should prove quite vital with three giant competitors – and that’s good for customers.

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