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“What BI Is Not” Forrester TweetJam Recap And Takeaways

Forrester May 21, 2010
On May 13th, Forrester analysts Boris Evelson, Jim Kobielus, Gene Leganza, Holger Kisker and Noel Yuhanna joined me in hosting a data management TweetJam on the topic “What BI is Not!” using the hashtag #dmjam. (You can still see the results and ongoing conversation if you search the hashtag.) During this one-hour TweetJam, we asked […]
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Number of People Using Advanced Analytics

Forrester March 23, 2010
Guesstimates are often essential for market sizing and trending. To be useful, especially where primary data are lacking, they demand a valid conceptual framework.  Like you, I’m looking forward to the responses to Boris Evelson’s quick Web-based survey, which you can access from his most recent blogpost.It’s always a challenge to assess how truly pervasive […]
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If Queries Are King In The Realm Of The Analytic Database, Does That Make Columnar Heir Apparent?

Forrester March 19, 2010
What’s the perfect database management system (DBMS) architecture, where analytics is concerned? It seems as if everybody in business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW), and related areas has their own opinion on this topic. In fact, it’s more than just opinions. In the database wars, we have huge communities of vendors and users with substantial […]
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Social, Spatial, & Temporal: The Coordinates of Community in the Cloud

Forrester March 17, 2010
Social networks have their foundations in the space-time continuum—you know, the funky coordinate system  that Einstein was so keen about. Social network analysis is all about looking for patterns of “proximity” among people, considered in their cultural capacities as influencers and followers, innovators and imitators, first-movers and late adopters. Down deep, I consider social network analysis […]
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Podcast: The New Decade Of Advanced Analytics: Roll Over Rocket Scientists!

Forrester March 2, 2010
Our latest featured podcast is Jim Kobielus' "The New Decade Of Advanced Analytics: Roll Over Rocket Scientists!". In this podcast, BP&A Senior Analyst Jim Kobielus discusses the increasing adoption of more user-friendly data mining tools. This trend, he argues, is helping advanced analytics become a core feature of operational business intelligence (BI) suites. We look […]
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Forrester Tweet Jam Session: Top Challenges Facing Customer Management Professionals In 2010 (#crmjam)

Forrester February 25, 2010
Forrester analysts will host a Tweet Jam on March 24, 2010, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM USA ET (6 to 8 PM GMT) to answer questions from business and IT executives about the top challenges they face in orchestrating customer-facing business processes to drive top-line growth. During this interactive Jam session, Forrester analysts will share […]
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UpLeveling the Conversation: Social CRM Summit Brings Experts and Social Business Insights Together

Natalie Petouhoff February 15, 2010
#SCRM (the hash our group uses to communicate on Twitter) group embodies the very essence of what social media is about: genuine authentic, direct and real conversations. Being a participant and a practitioner, I thought I would share my observations and thoughts… not just at this conference, but what I have seen in the actions […]
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The ROI of High-Quality Decision Management Practices

Forrester February 14, 2010
Here now is the broader conceptual model that I promised in the prior blog post. As I said, I built conceptual hooks in my decision support ROI model to address broader requirements for decision automation and decision management. Fundamentally, the core hook is the notion of a “decision agent,” which may be a person processing […]
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The ROI of High-Quality Decision Support Infrastructure

Forrester February 5, 2010
I’m developing a return on investment (ROI) calculator for data warehousing (DW) appliances, using the Forrester Total Economic Impact methodology.   At the heart of that is a conceptual ROI model that can be applied to any decision support infrastructure, not just DW appliances (though indeed high-quality decision support is the raison d’etre for DW […]
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How Much Intelligence Can You Pack Into a Tweet?

Forrester January 15, 2010
In the analytics wars, one of the quasi-metaphysical topics I try to avoid is debating the distinctions between “information,” “intelligence,” and “insight.” That’s about as academic a dispute as you can imagine. It’s not as if we’re discussing the physical distinctions between, say, gases, liquids, and solids. There is no magical phase-change where information–extracted from […]
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Next Best Models: The Process Agility Equation

Forrester January 14, 2010
You never know what’s coming at you next, which is why process agility is so important. Your organization must have a ready response for anything. And you must make sure that every process participant can identify, at their level, what that response might be, so they can take appropriate action. I was speaking with Chordiant the […]
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Mining the Cloud? Are You Allowed?

Forrester January 13, 2010
I recently came across a trade-press article with the headline “Mining the Cloud.” The cynic in me immediately issued a silent scoff: How is that different from “crawling the Web”? Are we just mapping old wine to shinier new bottles? Or is there something different here? But, seeing as how I too like to proliferate […]
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Self-Service Business Intelligence: Dissolving the Barriers to Creative Decision-Support Solutions

Forrester January 11, 2010
Self-service is all the rage in the world of business intelligence (BI), but it’s no fad. In fact, it’s the only way to make BI more pervasive, delivering insights into every decision—important or mundane—that drives your business. It’s the key to empowering users with actionable insights while removing many mundane BI development and maintenance tasks […]
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Process Mining: Because Your Company’s Workflow Issues Aren’t Always Obvious

Forrester January 8, 2010
Business processes can be incredibly hard to fathom. The more complex they are, the more difficult it is to find the magic blend of tasks, roles, flows, and other factors that distinguish a well-tuned process from a miserable flop. Even the people who’ve been part of the process for years may have little clue. It’s […]
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Social Network Analysis: The Fuse Igniting Enterprise Data Warehouse Growth. It’s Planet Petabyte or Bust!

Forrester January 7, 2010
Social networks have always been with us, of course, but now they’ve gained concrete reality in the online fabric of modern life. Social network analysis has, in a real sense, been with us almost as long as we’ve been doing predictive analytics. Customer churn analysis is the killer app for predictive analytics, and it is […]
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Whither Data Warehousing In The Teens?

Forrester January 4, 2010
People often use the end of a decade to say goodbye to trends that have played themselves out, or good riddance to things that have long since passed their cultural expiration dates. I like to use the beginnings of decades for that same purpose. What, we should ask ourselves, is not likely to last beyond […]
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Advanced Analytics Predictions For 2010

Forrester December 15, 2009
By James Kobielus As we bid adieu to one decade and move into the next, it’s important to catch our collective breath and to take a quick look ahead. Here are some quick thoughts on the trends that will shape advanced analytics in the year to come. These trends will set the stage for thoroughgoing […]
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Social Network Analysis: Going to Become Too Ubiquitous for Its Own Good

Forrester December 7, 2009
By James Kobielus Social networks are the future of online life, whether we like it or not. Before the end of the coming decade, relationships with everyone –including family, friends, colleagues, employers, merchants, suppliers, and government agencies—will hinge on your access to these parties, and theirs to you, through online communities of all shapes and […]
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Instrumenting Your Enterprise for Maximum Predictive Power

Frank Wang November 23, 2009
By James Kobielus Business is all about placing bets and knowing if the odds are in your favor. As I noted in my most recent Forrester report, business success depends on your company being able to visualize likely futures and take appropriate actions as soon as possible. You must be able to predict future scenarios […]
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How To Differentiate Advanced Data Visualisation Solutions

Boris Evelson November 12, 2009
By Boris Evelson I get many inquiries from clients on how to select a data visualization vendor / solution. The criteria that my clients often site are Thick and thin client Dynamic visualizations, not just static charts  Ability to pull data from multiple sources OLAP-like functionality All these criteria are pretty much a commodity these […]
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