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Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence:

Business intelligence (BI) mainly refers to computer-based techniques used in identifying, extracting,[clarification needed] and analyzing business data, such as sales revenue by products and/or departments, or by associated costs and incomes.

BI technologies provide historical, current and predictive views of business operations. Common functions of business intelligence technologies are reporting, online analytical processing, analytics, data mining, process mining, complex event processing, business performance management, benchmarking, text mining and predictive analytics. ( Source: Wikipedia)

SQL Server 2012

Section: Research
SQL Server 2012 includes enhancements that enable businesses to manage and understand their data better than ever before. Improved Business Intelligence (BI) tools that empower the end user integrate with well-known interfaces such as a standard web browser, Excel, or SharePoint. In addition to offering improved functionality for users, the intentionally cloud-friendly development and deployment options mean that mission critical databases can be moved or extend ...   read more

70% of Companies to use Real Time Predictive Analytics by 2016, say Gartner

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New research from analysts at Gartner has forecast that by 2016, 70% of the world’s most profitable companies will manage business processes by using real time predictive analytics or "extreme collaboration”. It’s expected that analysts will discuss their findings at the upcoming Gartner Business Process Management Summit 2013, March 13-14 in London, U.K. and April 2-4 in Nati ...   read more

Big Data Congress Examines Strategic Challenges

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The Big Data World Congress is due to take place in London next week on 7 November and will examine all of the issues and challenges faced by companies who are looking for solutions to manage the vast amount of data collected in today's IT environment. The big data event will feature a number of keynote speakers and is designed to provide information on utilising and organising big data, no matter what the size of th ...   read more

Big Data Will Die Within Two Years

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VP and analyst at Gartner’s Intelligence and Information Management group Donald Feinberg has said that big data, or at least the term big data, is set to die within the next couple of years. Speaking at the Business Intelligence and Information Management summit being held in São Paulo, Feinberg said that too much confusion surrounds the term and this distracts businesses from the true value of data. "The term 'big data' is going to disappear in the next two years, t ...   read more

Cloud and Mobility Top Game Changers in IT

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A recent survey from CommScope has found that the increase in the take up of mobile devices and cloud services are the top "game changers” in IT at the moment, with many IT managers struggling to keep pace with demand. According to the read more

Cloud SaaS Costs and Benefits Often Unexamined by Businesses

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It has become generally accepted that cloud based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is the most cost effective option for companies seeking to develop or augment business intelligence (BI) functions.  Faced with demands for increased computing power and the challenges of constructing their own analytic solutions, IT professionals often look towards SaaS, enticed by relatively low start-up costs.   A 2011 Gartner research study of 1,364 IT managers and BI pla ...   read more

Cloud Skills Most Valuable in Tech

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A new report has found that the demand for skills in cloud computing have now surpassed those in all other areas of technology and are the most valuable "proficiency sought by IT”. A study was carried out by Robert Half Technology, an IT recruitment specialist and found that Directors and CIOs found knowledge in cloud to be more valuable for advancement and in terms of career paths than any other IT skill.  read more

Forrester’s New Research Book, Digital Disruption, now Available

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Forrester Research has announced the launch of a new book, titled Digital Disruption (Amazon Publishing). The book deals with disruption, a common word in business that many people misunderstand when applied to the digital world. Digital disruption is, according to Forrester, "a force that’s hitting every industry in every region of the world”. It’s more powerful than any other kind of ‘disruption’ as it allows for more ideas and innovat ...   read more

Gartner Identify Top Information Trends for 2013

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A new report from research analysts at Gartner has identified the key trends that are expected to play important roles in modernising information management (IM) this year and moving forward. This, they say, will make the "role of information governance increasingly important”. "Information is one of the four powerful forces changing the way business is done," read more

Gartner Predict Global 7% BI Software Growth

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Analysts at Gartner say that worldwide Business Intelligence (BI) software will see a growth rate of 7% in 2012 and are to discuss their findings at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit to be held in Sydney next week. BI software will reach a total of around $13.8bn this year, up 7% from 2012 and is forecast to reach $17.1bn by 2016. As well as the Sydney summit ...   read more

Google Target SMEs for Big Data Tools

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As even the most innovative and leading firms continue to struggle to make sense of the mass of data being collected in the modern, connected world, Google is targeting SMEs in order to get them using big data analytic tools. It’s thought that this will allow enterprises to expand and the idea is to move firms away from using tools they already have set up when it comes to business-grade analytics and big data tools. Google is hoping to change this with its lesser-known big da ...   read more

Housing Technology 2013 Kicks Off with Sir Clive Woodward

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The 4th annual Housing Technology conference and executive forum began today with a keynote speech given by World Cup winner and Team GB's Director of Sport for the London Olympics, Sir Clive Woodward OBE. Sir Clive was expected to demonstrate how social housing providers can learn from the world of sport when it comes to building high performance, and how this can be applied to IT and business operations. read more

India is Fastest Growing IT Service Market

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India is the fastest growing IT services market in the world, according to a new study from Gartner, with an average budget of $12.2m. Three quarters of the country’s large enterprises plan to further increase spending in 2013 too, providing an opportunity for service providers to capitalise on that growth. Gartner asked enterprises around the world with more than 1000 employees to reveal their spending plans. 1523 large enterprises were questioned, with 153 of these b ...   read more

Just 46% of Firms have Mobile Analytics Solution

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A new survey carried out by technology analysts at Forrester Research has found that only 46% of companies around the world have implemented a mobile analytics solution. This is due to many firms ignoring mobile as it only makes up around 5% of all sales. Add to this that only 2% of marketing and advertising budgets are allocated to mobile and it seems that mobile just isn’t coming up on the priority list, despite the huge growth in mobile sites and applications and the use of m ...   read more

Organisations must push towards an increased standardisation of IT infrastructure, says Gartner

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A report from research analysts at Gartner says that organisations must push towards an increased standardisation of IT infrastructure. This, the report says, should include apps and business processes, as well as "expanding and more comprehensive provider ecosystems”. This means that service-led solutions will gradually displace traditional sourcing approaches up until 2015. Therefore, in order to "remain relevant”, service suppliers must "must bridge legacy offerings and new s ...   read more

PayPal and AOL to Headline Big Data Congress

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  The Big Data Congress, due to take place at London’s National Hall Olympia from 26-27 June 2013, has announced some of its key note speakers for this year, which will include representatives from the Royal Mail, PayPal and AOL. The speakers will join more than 300 further delegates who will attend to discuss big data trends, as well as security, strategy and analytics. The Congress  read more

Service Providers Will Play Crucial Role in Digital Era

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According to Gartner, Inc., more and more opportunities are opening up for service providers which means that they should begin to align their business structures and capabilities in order to thrive in the digital era. Those businesses which don’t prepare to help organisations with the innovations necessary to transform into a digital company will lost market share, the analysts say. The research house predicts that by 2017, 60% of Global 1000 organisations will "execute on a ...   read more

UK Gov Criticised for Tech City Start-ups

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The UK’s Tech City initiative, launched in 2010 to support technology companies, has been criticised in a new report out this week from Centre for London, an independent, non-profit organisation "think tank focused on the big policy challenges facing London”. The report suggests that tech start-ups had been left "frustrated” by some of the policies that have been put into place. However, Tech City said that the think tank based their findings on "misconceptions” surrounding the ...   read more

Uncertain Times for CIOs as Roles Evolve

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There’s been a lot of debate surrounding the changing roles within IT recently, especially with regard to CIOs, many who already find their job challenging due to constant redefinition. According to researchers at IDC, this is only going to increase as, "by 2018, adoption of 3rd Platform IT technologies will redefine 90% of IT roles.” These 3rd Platform technologies include mobile, social, big data and the cloud, all of which have been growing at a blistering pace in ...   read more