Microsoft's full-scale model home of the future may seem like science fiction, but interactive bedrooms, dishes that charge cellphones, sensors that notify you when plants need water, and kitchen counters that read your recipes may be close to reality in a world where social and interactive technology moves at lightning speed. Welcome to The Microsoft Home, where no wall or table in the house is safe from being a digital device.
Traditional approaches to BI deployments are not always up to the task posed by today's complex IT environments and demanding users. A new way of designing and building BI applications—called Agile BI—is needed, according to Forrester Research.
ERP, CRM, BI and supply chain are among the most core applications to enterprises. Where are CIOs paying the most attention? CIO magazine's new "Technology Priorities" survey shows where companies are in their application evolutions.
If you crave advice on sculpting the perfect mustache, revel in the dark and mysterious world of vampires or seek a divorce from your partner, yes, there's a social network for that. Here are 10 weird and truly niche social networking sites that strive to bring together some unusual birds of a feather.
IT faces more pressure than ever to deliver actionable BI data to the business. But the smartest CIOs say this is no time to blindly throw BI to the masses. Better tools do no good without smart business strategy and the right starting data.
IBM Cognos announced Monday a business analytics tool made for the specific pain points of the midmarket customer and, the company said, is an improvement from other vendors who merely repackage enterprise products.
Ronald McDonald and the NBC Peacock may get more TV air time, but today's operating systems have cool logos, too. Google, Apple, Microsoft and the Linux crowd crafted mascots ranging from cute lizards to circles of life. Here we look at the origins of the logos and look ahead to their future.
Now's the time to use BI tools to tap into that rich pool of data sitting unexamined on your ERP systems, says a new report from Aberdeen Group. The prize: Increased visibility into what actually makes your business tick.
Retail has always spent less on IT than most other industries. But as some big-name retailers decide to check out for good, the question arises: Are retailers putting technologies such as BI in the right hands? Analysts say it's time for retailers to reprioritize everything.
Rich Internet Applications aren't just useful development design tools for enterprise software developers. RIAs can improve relations between IT departments and end users and, therefore, customer relationship management, argues Actuate's Mark Coggins.
Mashup platforms that allow business users to build a Web 2.0 site with no technical experience will enable better uses of corporate data that has generally been divided all across the enterprise, says a Forrester report. If it sounds like business intelligence, it's no accident.
Both established vendors and upstarts now offer BI applications as on-demand services. And more customers are saying yes to faster deployment times, less onerous IT demands and speedier access to reporting data.
Massive consolidation in 2007 changed everything in the business intelligence market. Who's still standing and who's right for your enterprise? Here's a look at the leading BI vendors' strengths, weaknesses and strategies for the future.
Market consolidation, technical complexity and customer confusion about BI capabilities are powerful and stubborn forces that will continue to shape the business intelligence applications market in 2008.
Agile software development does not occur sequentially, but viewing it from a sequential perspective makes it easier to grasp the concepts. This case study, an excerpt from the new book Becoming Agile, follows a sequential process to accelerate your learning of Agile concepts.
It's crunch time for retailers and their suppliers. Now is when we find out if their technology systems are yielding returns. For many companies it can be the difference in whether they are seeing black or red ink this year.
By Diann Daniel, Kim S. Nash and Thomas WailgumNov, 16 2007
For retailers, holiday shopping season began months ago, when business analysts worked to turn customer data into actionable insight. Whether retailers have done this well or not will likely determine who wins and who loses this important holiday shopping season.
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