Even with a wide range of business intelligence (BI) solutions on the market, many don't fit the unique needs of most businesses. With tighter budgets, fewer technical resources and less time to spend on deploying and optimizing a business intelligence solution, just getting started with a BI solution evaluation can be a challenge.What follows are five criteria to keep in mind while evaluating BI options -- but first, a BI primer.Business intelligence is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of software applications used to analyze an organization's raw data. These applications include data analysis, enterprise and operational reports, dashboards and data-mining analytics.Companies use BI to improve decision-making and identify new business opportunities, and to learn more about their business performance and to better execute on their strategy. However, due to high-growth and lean organizational structures, most businesses require a different approach to BI. It's important for … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE The BI Software Shopping Challenge
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Part 1 of this two-part series examines some of the mobile devices that are optimized for enterprise applications. Part 2 explores what else is out there.Device makers are hard at it trying to crack the market for mobile enterprise software applications. While BlackBerry devices put Research In Motion in a front-running position, enterprise users have an increasingly wide range of choices when it comes to high-end smartphones and mobile devices.Recent enhancements and lower prices continue to fuel buzz about Apple's iPhone in the enterprise, but Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, as well as RIM, continue to develop closer ties with enterprise software vendors and telecom carriers as they compete for their share of a market expected to grow strongly.Vendors and device manufacturers, as well as carriers, are zooming in on developing modular mobile versions of flagship enterprise applications, including business intelligence (BI), customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise … [Read more...] about Mobile Devices for Enterprise Apps, Part 2
Open source technologies may not be taking over the world, but they are finding a niche and a large one at that. To be sure, companies large and small are becoming more comfortable deploying open source technologies on the server.Now, an an increasing number of firms are looking into the possibility of mission-critical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, according to analysts.ERP is an information system that integrates all departments and functions across a company into one computer system. ERP runs off a single database, enabling various departments to share information and communicate with one another. BI software is used to mine data.It's not just end users who are embracing open source ERP and BI, either. ERP vendors are also experimenting with open source technologies. SAP and Oracle are looking to Linux to drive down the total cost of ownership, and support for Linux and JBoss application servers is becoming commonplace, according to IDC … [Read more...] about Open Source, BI and ERP: A Match Made in Heaven?