Business Intelligence/Analytics White Papers
Business Intelligence/Analytics white papers and technology resources for implementing and optimizing Business Intelligence/Analytics strategy, solutions, Business Intelligence/Analytics products, and more.
David Norfolk of Bloor Research International discusses research that compares two high-productivity platform as a service (PaaS) development platforms: OutSystems Platform and Force.com from Salesforce.com (now re-branded as Salesforce1 Platform). In this webcast he will debunk the main myths surrounding high-productivity application development and how both platforms have overcome them, albeit with somewhat different approaches for different kinds of customers.
The value of smarter oil and gas fields
With global energy requirements continuing to rise, the exploration, development and production of new oil and gas resources are shifting to increasingly challenging sites. Meanwhile, regulations continue to tighten worldwide. Finding and keeping experienced personnel is only getting harder. Forecasting and budgeting are exceedingly difficult in the face of ongoing pricing volatility and the many other uncertainties of a dynamic environment on and off the field.
Smarter Environmental Analytics Solutions: Offshore Oil and Gas Installations Example
This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes a solution for implementing smarter environmental monitoring and analytics for oil and gas industries. The solution implements real-time monitoring of environmental data to facilitate early detection of, and response to, operational events surrounding offshore oil and gas installations. The solution is shown in Figure 1. Although the solution that is described here is specific to the oil and gas industries, IBM Environmental Analytics solutions can be extended to other industries as well.
Piecing Together the Business Intelligence Puzzle
Business intelligence (BI) technology collects and analyzes company data, delivering relevant information to corporate decision-makers in an effort to produce favorable outcomes. Generally, BI focuses on customer profiling, market research, improving processes, product profitability, inventory and distribution analysis, for example. But regardless of the topic, there is always a large amount of data housed in a variety of programs--from a relational database to an Excel spreadsheet and even social networks--which makes culling and vetting the data a complicated task. So, where do you start? According to industry experts: Start small and understand the software.
Harness IT -- An Introduction to Business Intelligence Solutions
80% of self-service business intelligence (BI) applications offer more flexibility than traditional BI tools. Learn the key selection criteria required to provide your organization with the capability to address structured data, unstructured data and mobile demands so that employees can view and manipulate data on their own, from virtually any location.
Business Intelligence Shows its Smarts
Today's Business Intelligence (BI) tools provide a new way to think about data with self-service capabilities and user-friendly analytics that can be used by nearly everyone. This white paper offers a primer on BI, from understanding how it compares to analytics and the tools required for effective BI, to overcoming common barriers to success.
Who's afraid of the big (data) bad wolf? Survive the big data storm by getting ahead of integration and governance functional requirements
Today, data volumes are exploding in every facet of our lives. Business leaders are eager to harness the power of big data, but before setting out into the big data world, it is important to understand that as opportunities increase, ensuring that source information is trustworthy and protected becomes exponentially more difficult. This paper provides a detailed review of the best practices clients should consider before embarking on their big data integration projects.
Understanding big data so you can act with confidence
Automating information integration and governance and employing it at the point of data creation helps organizations boost confidence in their big data. A solid information integration and governance program should include automated discovery, profiling and understanding of diverse datasets to provide context and enable employees to make informed decisions. IBM® InfoSphere® is designed to do all of these things by evolving information integration and governance to meet the challenges presented by big data.
Integrating and Governing Big Data
While the term "big data" has only recently come into vogue, IBM has designed solutions capable of handling very large quantities of data for decades, leading the way with data integration, management, security and analytics solutions known for their reliability, flexibility and scalability. The end-to-end information integration capabilities of IBM® InfoSphere® Information Server are designed to help organizations understand, cleanse, monitor, transform and deliver data-as well as collaborate to bridge the gap between business and IT.
The MDM advantage: Creating insight from big data
To help enterprises create trusted insight as the volume, velocity and variety of data continue to explode, IBM offers several solutions designed to help organizations uncover previously unavailable insights and use them to support and inform decisions across the business. Combining the power of IBM® InfoSphere® Master Data Management (MDM) with the IBM big data portfolio creates a valuable connection: big data technology can supply insights to MDM, and MDM can supply master data definitions to big data.
Three guiding principles for data security and compliance
The information explosion, the proliferation of endpoint devices, growing user volumes and new computing models like cloud, social business and big data have created new vulnerabilities. Data security is a moving target-as data grows, more sophisticated threats emerge; the number of regulations increase; and changing economic times make it difficult to secure and protect data.
Because data is a critical component of daily business operations, it is essential to ensure privacy and protect data no matter where it resides. Different types of information have different protection requirements; therefore, organizations must take a holistic and systematic approach to safeguarding information.
IBM solutions for data security and privacy are designed to support this holistic approach and incorporate intelligence to proactively address IT threats and enterprise risks. Read three guiding principles that will help organizations achieve better security and compliance without impacting production systems or straining already-tight budgets:
* Understand and Define
* Secure and Protect
* Monitor and Audit
Mobile Expense Management--Picking up the Money on the Ground
Integrating and managing mobility expenses across multiple carriers can generate savings and improve organizational decision making.
Shifting Gears: The Value of Customer-Driven Quality in Manufacturing
In today's competitive manufacturing market, the customer must be the center of the quality universe. This paper details how manufacturers can improve customer satisfaction, build brand equity and reduce costs by leveraging technology to get broader information from customers, eliminate information silos, integrate customer data across all sources, and automate analytics to filter the most critical customer feedback.
Aberdeen Group: Marketing Analytics for Manufacturing: Forging Customer Insights
Effective marketing analytics have the ability to leverage big data and break down unstructured customer information to help manufacturers better understand customer needs. Aberdeen Group's recent research found that 43% of manufacturers cited finding new ways to serve customers as a primary area of focus. This Aberdeen Group report explores the drivers and benefits of marketing analytics and examines big data's role in customer intelligence, as well as specific manufacturing capabilities to analyze customer behavior and trends.
Unlocking the Promise of Demand Sensing and Shaping through Big Data Analytics
Many organizations have limited insight into big data. These limitations have significant opportunity costs and can have a negative effect on identifying and understanding customer demand patterns and related supply constraints. This paper goes beyond basic demand-sensing and demand-shaping concepts and explains how the use of advanced analytical techniques (such as high-performance analytics) and big data can enhance supply chain networks through rigorous demand and supply management.
The Brave New World of Customer-Centric Manufacturing
Manufacturers have traditionally fostered close relationships with retailers and channel partners who sell their products rather than interacting directly with consumers. But this is changing. Learn how manufacturers can succeed in this new era of customer-centric manufacturing.
See the Possibilities Utilizing Data Visualization
Regardless of size, today's businesses are bombarded with structured and unstructured data from a variety of sources. Take advantage of all this data with in-memory analytics and data visualization techniques, to get day-to-day insights for making better decisions.
ROI Benefits from Automating Application Delivery Solutions
One of the key tenets of a modern data center is the ability to leverage technologies that enable automation in order to accelerate business processes and ultimately time to market. Organizations that continue to deploy legacy infrastructures and ignore this transformation to modern automated environments will soon face a harsh reality: Their legacy IT environments have restricted their ability to compete. Considering the fact that all modern businesses rely on IT to power their operations, IT organizations need to examine all aspects of the IT infrastructure for its ability to be automated and ensure that the deployed technology is an enabler for this transformation and not an inhibitor. The key to making the transformation from a legacy network to a modern infrastructure is adding the enabling technologies or services to create this new automated environment.
Sponsor: Riverbed Technology
Web Application Firewalls--Laying the Myths to Rest
The web application firewall (WAF) market has grown steadily in recent years, driven by the regulatory environment and the huge growth in the volume of attacks against web apps. However, WAFs are sometimes viewed as only partially effective in preventing the kind of attacks they exist to prevent. This paper addresses some of the myths about WAFs and outlines how businesses are optimizing their investment in protecting their ever-evolving web apps.
Sponsor: Riverbed Technology
Are You Prepared for a Software Audit?
Just the word "audit" is enough to make anyone shiver, and when it comes to a software audit, the reaction is no different. A software publisher can exercise its rights to conduct a software audit to check that a customer is using its products in accordance with the End User License Agreement (EULA). These agreements are signed by customers when the software is installed. The ability to undertake an audit is a legal right, and therefore, not something end user organizations can refuse to do.