Business Intelligence and Analytics


  • CRN News Briefs, April 10, 2006
    This week's news briefs: Salesforce.com crashes again, Microsoft acquires ProClarity in BI move, N-able Technologies adds Mac support, SAP snaps up compliance software maker Virsa Systems, and Motorola and Sony team up for wireless mesh video cameras.
  • Flessner On The Database Wars
    Many see databases as a commodity. But there's still a lot of interesting work to be done, according to Paul Flessner, Microsoft senior vice president of data and storage platforms.
  • IBM Debuts New Software, Services For Adopting SOAs
    Continuing its initiative to push users toward adopting a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), IBM Monday debuted several new versions of its WebSphere line, new SOA-based services and a handful of customer wins.
  • Microsoft Buys Analytics Firm ProClarity To Boost BI Product Line
    Microsoft scooped up one of its longtime partners on Monday, announcing a deal to buy analytics software maker ProClarity for an undisclosed sum. ProClarity, a Microsoft Gold ISV partner, sells business intelligence tools that run atop Microsoft infrastructure software such as SQL Server 2005.
  • Microsoft's Value/Volume Dilemma
    Microsoft exec Doug Burgum has juggled the value/volume strategies for years, reassuring ERP value-add partners that they were going to do just fine with a company known for high-volume sales. But with Burgum set to be chairman of MBS and stepping back from his daily role, some partners worry that his longtime advocacy will be for naught.
  • Midmarket Wises Up To Business Intelligence
    After 22 years of deploying ERP solutions, Daniel Schwartz, president of Stamford, Conn.-based NexVue Analytics, stumbled on the midmarket business-intelligence trend in a unique way. About six years ago, he hired a "sales mentor" who suggested that he start cold-calling potential customers. That was something Schwartz hadn't done in a while, but it turned out to be a productive tactic.
  • Cognos Pushes BI To the Masses
    Hoping to push business-intelligence technology down to more users in the organization, Cognos has released a new version of its Cognos 8 search product along with a new search service.
  • Microsoft On Track With Team Foundation Server
    Microsoft's S. “Soma” Somasegar, vice president of the developer division, and Rick LaPlante, general manager of Visual Studio Team System, sat down recently with CRN Senior Editor Stacy Cowley to talk about Microsoft’s overhauled developer-tools philosophy and forthcoming projects like Atlas Tools. Below are edited highlights.
  • Novell, SpikeSource Partner On LAMP Stack
    Novell has formed an alliance with SpikeSource to better integrate its Linux distribution with the LAMP stack and to help the two companies compete more effectively against Microsoft.
  • ShadowRAM: March 20, 2006
    Give Autodesk credit. Instead of the same ol’, same ol’ Tom Friedman, Geoffrey Moore, Nicholas Carr droning on about flattened earths, chasms crossed and IT mattering (or not), it brought in none other than former Disney top dog Michael Eisner to speak at the annual CTO event in Vegas last week.
  • Are You Nervous Yet?
    If so, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. That’s because the best-crafted strategies not just to survive but to thrive usually come in times of intense stress. That’s when we often think most creatively, allowing ourselves to believe in nonsense, as aviation entrepreneur Burt Rutan so aptly put it during his keynote speech at last week’s IBM PartnerWorld.
  • Ballmer Sketches Microsoft's People-Centric Vision
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer dropped by a customer gathering in New York on Thursday to inaugurate a marketing campaign that hails Microsoft's software as the key to building "People Ready" companies that derive maximum value from their employees.

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