Business intelligence (BI) software is designed to help enterprises discover and visualize their data to drive better business outcomes. These widely deployed applications come in various forms, including high-priced offerings, but many businesses are well served by free services that incorporate most of the key features organizations need.There are many factors and options to consider when evaluating BI tools because some are better suited to particular uses, while others require more extensive coding skills or a background in data science.We’ve reviewed dozens of providers to identify the best free BI software on the market today. After weighing their strengths and limitations, studying reviews by industry leaders and analyzing rankings from various research firms, we’ve selected the following six apps (presented in alphabetical order) to help you find the solution that's best for you.BIRTBIRT is an open source business intelligence platform that has been downloaded more … [Read more...] about The best free BI tools, 2018
CANONICAL AND MICROSOFT have confirmed the arrival of the recently announced Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in the Windows Store. As the love-in between Windows and Linux accelerates, this is the second version of Linux to arrive in the store. It offers access to a command line for the operating system which can then interact with many aspects of Windows, all from a single boot. Several versions of Linux are now available in Windows, but it's not just a case of download and run - the Linux Subsystem for Windows has to be switched on, which you do by messing about in Windows settings - it's in the "Turn Windows Features on and off" menu. As you may recall, this version, also known as 'Bionic Beaver' is going to be supported by Canonical for three years, so if you're not a regular Linux user, and need it to ‘just work' when you want it, you'd be wise setting this version up. It gives Windows users access to bash, ssh and so on alongside Powershell and the Command Line in a Windows GUI … [Read more...] about Canonical brings Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to Microsoft’s Windows Store
Following the release of Apple's latest iPad geared at the education sector, Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new line of lower-cost Surface tablets as early as the second half of 2018, according to those familiar with the matter.The tech giant unsuccessfully tried this before back in 2012 with the release of the original Surface RT. When the tablet launched it retailed for $499 which made it difficult for consumers to justify the price as the device ran a dumbed-down version of Windows. Microsoft then pivoted to the more-expensive Surface Pro line which offered better performance and more features. The company's new tablets will take inspiration from the Surface Pro but will sport a smaller 10-inch screen with rounded edges to make them more accessible. Microsoft has also apparently decided to include USB-C connectivity for the first time on a Surface device.The new line is also expected to be about 20 per cent lighter than the current Surface models but will have … [Read more...] about Microsoft takes on the iPad with planned low-cost Surface devices
In today’s world, being constantly connected to people and systems through devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers is pretty much a normal state of affairs. And this ‘always on’ situation will only increase over time - everything will talk to everything else: person-to-person, machine-to-person and machine-to-machine. While this opens up a world of opportunities, the downside is that more and more connections also mean more and more opportunities for attack and compromise. The question remains can you provide adequate security in a cloud age where everything is connected to everything else? The good news is that many of these interactions rely on an API (Application Programming Interface) to communicate to an application or system somewhere in the world. APIs have quickly become the primary channel for business transactions in most modern enterprises. When you type in a website address, for example, the request goes out to a remote server belonging to … [Read more...] about API security: gold rush or wild west?
Courting new technologies is a risk for IT leaders, who must wisely allocate finite budgets to hardware, software and services they believe will support business operations. Bad bets can set the company back years and ultimately prove catastrophic for CIOs.This is particularly true in the digital era, as a proliferation of newer technologies such as cloud, analytics and machine learning render vendor selection more vital than ever. To select the best tools for the tasks, CIOs conduct "proof-of-concepts" (PoCs), essentially pilot tests in which they model how technologies will run in their organizations.Frequently these experiments include “bake-offs,” or competitions between vendors with similar solutions. Technologies that don't run well are quickly jettisoned in an era where failing fast is fashionable and getting a viable solution into production is the ultimate goal.CIOs recently shared with CIO.com details about PoCs and bakeoffs they have conducted, along with tips on … [Read more...] about 7 tips for battle-testing new technologies