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Vision Software Brings a Solid Business Process Management Solution to the Table
The business process management market is shifting, and more players are entering the market. Several smaller organizations, such as Vision Software, are

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War Looms in the On-demand CRM Market (and Beyond)-But Will You Profit from It?


Salesforce.com is now an almost unstoppable force in the world of on-demand customer relationship management. However, it may be the architect of its own downfall—and Microsoft is poised to take advantage. But will you profit from the Salesforce.com-versus-Microsoft war?

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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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Secure DNS/DHCP Management-An Integrated Solution


Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) has been adopted as the dynamic protocol of choice for pain-free management of network resources. The integration of the Domain Name System (DNS) and DHCP into a single network helps overcome traditional barriers to effective resource allocation. Indeed, combining DNS and DHCP enhances information security, thus providing a solution your organization can grow with.

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Trimble Navigation Enforces Its Engineering And Construction Segment


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Clear Demand and 360pi Partner for Dynamic Omni-channel Retail Pricing


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Dynamic Content in Action: DiscountBeautyCenter.com Case Study


DiscountBeautyCenter.com, an online supplier of brand-name beauty products, wanted to test the viability of using dynamic content to generate e-mail campaigns. Although the company previously had good results with Listrak’s batch and blast e-mail campaigns, it hoped that dynamic content e-mail would increase customer response and return on investment (ROI). Find out how it launched its most successful campaign ever.

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Remapping the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed


Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. ChainLink Research’s new 3D approach provides a useful framework for evaluating supply chain solutions.

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Trust but Verify: How to Best Measure Flash Storage Performance


Optimize costs and mitigate risk by reading this white paper on how to effectively measure flash storage performance. Learn why freeware tools can’t do the job, as functions such as compression, deduplication, and pattern reduction processing must be tested and assessed.

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Integrating RenderX XSL FO Technology with iText for High Performance Dynamic Forms Generation


Dynamic and customizable portable document format (PDF) forms have thousands of everyday uses. Monthly statements mailed to customers and insurance applications are just two. Creating these forms is easier than you might think, when the functionalities of two text solutions are combined. Get the details on how to merge document and formatting applications to create dynamic, customer-friendly PDFs.

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Multiscreen Cloud-based Content Delivery to Serve as Backbone for Telcos


The maturity of online video and dynamic video content along with the convergence of broadcast, broadband, and mobile technologies has spurred demand for a specific, social, and seamless video viewer experience and created a video service opportunity for telecom operators. Read this white paper to find out how multiscreen cloud-based content delivery (MCBCD) services can open up new business models and monetization options—ad-supported revenue, user-generated content syndication, and digital media exchanges to connect content partners and buyers.

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