Business Intelligence and Analytics


  • Fresh Perspective
    When I was a young, extremely sheltered girl growing up in New Jersey horse country, traveling to New York City was an awe-inspiring occasion to be treated with reverence and fear.
  • SAS Institute Shakes Up BI Space With Reseller Effort
    After decades of spurning the channel in favor of direct sales, SAS Institute is launching its first reseller program, giving participants access to parts of a product line regarded as a gold standard in the analytics market.
  • Two Lenovo ThinkPads To Support Novell SLED 10
    Lenovo will offer two new high-end models of its ThinkPad notebooks that will provide support for Novell's new SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, but the vendor is stopping short of preloading the operating system.
  • D&H VARs Size Up SMB Market, Vista, Competition
    D&H Distributing's solution providers know SMB end users inside and out. CRN Editor/News Steve Burke and CRN Distribution Editor Scott Campbell recently spoke with several D&H solution providers at the Harrisburg, Pa., distributor's annual New England Reseller show to get their take on all things SMB. The following are excerpts from the conversation:
  • Vendor University: Is It Getting Better?
    After several years of growing tension, solution provider satisfaction with vendor training programs appears to rising and Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Sun are leading the way, according to the 2006 CRN Training and Certification Study.
  • Review: VisiStat Simplifies Web Analytics
    VisiStat this week released version 4.0 of its Web analytics package, which features WorldMap Web site monitoring capabilities and a LinkTracker feature that displays all clickable actions available on Web pages.
  • Review: FileMaker 8.5 Ups The Ante
    Looking to rein in more Web developers, FileMaker has released version 8.5 of its popular FileMaker Pro database product. Here's a look under the hood.
  • Oracle Ships New Warehouse Builder Tool
    Oracle this week shipped release two of its Oracle Warehouse Builder 10g database tool, which solution providers can use to cleanse data and build analytics applications.
  • Talking Up Computing
    In the 1950s, some assumed we would be driving flying cars in 40 years' time; and in the 1960s, many thought data could be input into computers via speech by the year 2000. We are still waiting for flying cars, but the era of speaking to computers has arrived, thanks to the latest release of Dragon Naturally Speaking from Nuance Software. Now available as version 9, Dragon Naturally Speaking brings significant enhancements to the voice-recognition market, finally making the product viable for typical business use.
  • Cognos Gets Green Light From SEC, Resumes Financial Reporting
    Business intelligence software maker Cognos moved a long way toward clearing up a lingering accounting debacle on Friday, as it reported results for its most recent quarter and announced that it has resolved issues with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to its revenue recognition practices.
  • Hyperion Reportedly Eyes Information Builders Buy
    The turbulent business intelligence market could get another shake soon, if Hyperion follows through on reports that it's looking to buy analytics vendor Information Builders. The rumored talks have grown serious enough to prompt several financial analysts to issue advisories opining on the potential deal.

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