Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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Don’t Throw Hadoop At Every BI Challenge

Boris Evelson August 10, 2015
The explosion of data and fast-changing customer needs have led many companies to a realization: They must constantly improve their capabilities, competencies, and culture in order to turn data into business value. But how do Business Intelligence (BI) professionals know whether they must modernize their platforms or whether their main challenges are mostly about culture, […]
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Hit the road running with a new BI initiative

Boris Evelson July 29, 2015
Even though Business Intelligence applications have been out there for decades lots of people still struggle with “how do I get started with BI”. I constantly deal with clients who mistakenly start their BI journey by selecting a BI platform or not thinking about the data architecture. I know it’s a HUGE oversimplification but in […]
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Systems Of Insight: Next Generation Business Intelligence

Boris Evelson July 21, 2015
Earlier Generation BI Needs A Tune Up Business intelligence has gone through multiple iterations in the past few decades. While BI's evolution has addressed some of the technology and process shortcomings of the earlier management information systems, BI teams still face challenges. Enterprises are transforming only 40% of their structured data and 31% of their […]
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Expand Your Big Data Capabilities With Unstructured Text Analytics

Boris Evelson April 29, 2015
Beware of insights! Real danger lurks behind the promise of big data to bring more data to more people faster, better, and cheaper: Insights are only as good as how people interpret the information presented to them. When looking at a stock chart, you can’t even answer the simplest question — “Is the latest stock […]
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An Approach To Converge The Worlds of Big Data And BI

Boris Evelson March 27, 2015
Webster dictionary defines a synonym as "a word having the same or nearly the same meaning" or as "a word or expression accepted as another name for something." This is so true for popular definitions of BI and big data. Forrester defines BI as:   A set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform […]
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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q1 2015

Boris Evelson March 27, 2015
The majority of large organizations have either already shifted away from using BI as just another back-office process and toward competing on BI-enabled information or are in the process of doing so. Businesses can no longer compete just on the cost, margins, or quality of their products and services in an increasingly commoditized global economy. […]
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It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Open Source BI Market Any Longer

Boris Evelson February 13, 2015
There's never been a question on the advantages of open source software. Crowdsourcing, vendor independence, ability to see and in some cases control the source code, and lower costs are just a few benefits of open source software (OSS) and business model. Linux and Apache Hadoop are prime examples of successful OSS projects. It's a […]
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Build An Agile Business Intelligence (BI) Organization

Boris Evelson February 5, 2015
The battle of trying to apply traditional waterfall software development life-cycle (SDLC) methodology and project management to BI has already been fought — and largely lost. These approaches and best practices, which apply to most other enterprise applications, work well in some cases, as with very well-defined and stable BI capabilities like tax or regulatory […]
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Get Ready For BI Change

Boris Evelson January 16, 2015
To compete in today's global economy, businesses and governments need agility and the ability to adapt quickly to change. And what about internal adoption to roll out enterprise-grade Business Intelligence (BI) applications? BI change is ongoing; often, many things change concurrently. One element that too often takes a back seat is the impact of changes on […]
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BI-Self Service Will Close The Business And Technology Gap In 2015

Boris Evelson November 6, 2014
Two epic battles have been going on for decades in the world of Business Intelligence and Analytics. Who has the ultimate control of these domains, Business or Technology? And which in the grand scheme of things has a higher priority, customer facing vs. back office analytics? Well, in what Forrester calls the age of the […]
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Agile, flexible, modern BI deployments often require help from the professionals

Boris Evelson October 16, 2014
Digitally empowered customers — both businesses and consumers — wield a huge influence on enterprise strategies, policies, and customer-facing and internal processes. With mobile devices, the Internet, and all-but-unlimited access to information about products, services, prices, and deals, customers are now well informed about companies and their products, and are able to quickly find alternatives […]
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Salesforce.com Enters The BI Market With Wave, The Salesforce Analytics Cloud

Boris Evelson October 14, 2014
There just might be another 800-lb gorilla in the Business Intelligence market. In a year. The popular cult book “Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams defines space as “. . . big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. . .” There are no better words to describe the size and the opportunity […]
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The Good The Bad And The Ugly Of Enterprise BI

Boris Evelson August 25, 2014
Unified information architecture, data governance, and standard enterprise BI platforms are all but a journey via a long and winding road. Even if one deploys the "latest and greatest" BI tools and best practices, the organization may not be getting any closer to the light at the end of the tunnel because: Technology-driven enterprise BI […]
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Lost In Data Translation? Forrester’s Data Taxonomy To The Rescue

Boris Evelson August 12, 2014
When it comes to data technology, are you lost in translation? What's the difference between data federation, virtualization, and data or information-as-a-service? Are columnar databases also relational? Does one use the same or different tools for BAM (Business Activity Monitoring) and for CEP (Complex Event Processing)? These questions are just the tip of the iceberg […]
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Agile BI Ship Has Sailed — Get On Board Quickly Or Risk Falling Behind

Boris Evelson July 3, 2014
The battle over customer versus internal business processes requirements and priorities has been fought — and the internal processes lost. Game over. Customers are now empowered with mobile devices and ubiquitous cloud-based all-but-unlimited access to information about products, services, and prices. Customer stickiness is extremely difficult to achieve as customers demand instant gratification of their […]
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Forrester’s 10-Step Methodology For Shortlisting Business Intelligence Vendors

Boris Evelson May 27, 2014
BI is no longer a nice-to-have back-office application that counts widgets — it is now used as a key competitive differentiator by all leading organizations. For decades, most of the BI business cases were based on intangible benefits, but these days are over — today 41% of professionals, with knowledge of their firm's business case, […]
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A common denominator for pricing and negotiating Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics software

Boris Evelson April 22, 2014
BI and analytics software packaging and pricing are a Wild West with few common practices among the vendors. Comparing and contrasting vendor prices and negotiating with vendors is challenging because Few vendors publish list prices, so when a vendor tells you you are getting a certain discount you can’t really verify whether the discount numbers […]
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What Do Business Intelligence Consultants Mean By “Solutions”?

Boris Evelson April 15, 2014
Management consultants and business intelligence, analytics and big data system integrations often use the terms accelerators, blueprints, solutions, frameworks, and products to show off their industry and business domain (sales, marketing, finance, HR, etc) expertise, experience and specialization. Unfortunately, they often use these terms synonymously, while in pragmatic reality meanings vary quite widely. Here’s our […]
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What does Business Intelligence integration with R really mean

Boris Evelson March 26, 2014
“A little prediction goes a long way” wrote Eric Siegel in his popular Predictive Analytics book. True, predictive analytics is now part and parcel of most Business Intelligence (BI), analytics and Big Data platforms and applications. Forrester Research anecdotal evidence finds that open source R is by far the most ubiquitous predictive analytics platform. Independent […]
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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2013

Boris Evelson December 18, 2013
The majority of large organizations have either already shifted away from using BI as just another back-office process and toward competing on BI-enabled information or are in the process of doing so. Businesses can no longer compete just on the cost, margins, or quality of their products and services in an increasingly commoditized global economy. […]
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