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Salesforce.com Launches Salesforce Wear
Wearable technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the “next big thing” in enterprise software. To that end, CRM software platform Salesforce.com

google developer api  ARM, Fitbit, Pebble, Philips, Google Glass, Samsung, and others have joined the vendor’s initiative to accelerate adoption of wearables in business scenarios.   With wearable IoT tools, companies can discover new ways to market, sell, service, and design products. Salesforce Wear aims to enable companies to deliver connected (e.g., proximity-based) 1:1 personalized experiences and offerings, contextually aware sales apps (i.e., a quick update right from the wrist can provide the necessary information

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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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Executive Overview
Using BI 2.0 to Increase your Competitive Advantage

Case Study
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Thought Leadership
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Market Insight
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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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It’s About Process (or The Ability to Be Responsive)


Because business processes are often communicated in an ad hoc and unregulated manner, it can be difficult to standardize processes across organizations, particularly larger ones. TEC analyst PJ Jakovljevic takes you on a guided tour through workflow automation—or business process management (BPM)—and shows how these solutions can help ensure standardized adoption of processes, with highlights on several key BPM vendors.

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Geocoding: Acquiring Location Intelligence to Make Better Business Decisions


By geocoding your address data, you have the location intelligence that helps you see patterns and create new opportunities to grow your business. There are three levels of positional accuracy, based on budget and business needs, as well as more enhanced levels of geographic accuracy. Learn more about geocoding, and how you can use it to perform market-specific data analysis—to strengthen customer relationships and more.

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Collecting Meaningful Data from the Web: Once an Impossibility, Now a Reality


The traditional way of extracting data from disparate data sources has been transformed by the emergence of new tools and applications, as well as the appearance of new and massive sources of information like the Web. Learn about tools you can use to turn Web data into an important asset for your organization.

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Leverage Google Analytics to Enhance Marketing Awareness and Performance


Small and midsized companies may need help configuring Google Analytics installations to aid their clients in the real estate, vacation rental, and resort markets—and to measure and enhance the effectiveness of their online marketing programs. If you’re tired of being kept in the dark about the effectiveness of your Internet marketing programs, then it might be time to implement a comprehensive Google Analytics program.

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PTC Acquires Atego, Fills Systems Engineering Gaps


During the PTC Live Global 2014 conference, PTC announced that it has acquired Atego, a developer of model-based systems and software engineering applications. Atego’s model-based systems engineering (MBSE) solution, called Artisan Studio, connects requirements engineering, architecture modeling, physical product definition, and system verification functions.

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Sinfonia Technology Selects Aras Enterprise PLM


Japan-based Sinfonia Technology, a nearly century-year-old developer and manufacturer of industrial power supply and motion control equipment for multiple industries, selects the Aras Innovator suite for enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM). Get the details from P.J.'s article.

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The Two Driving Forces Behind Fashion Products


“Sometimes, I feel frustrated at work—there is a constant conflict between my department and others and it never stops.” – A product developer at a fashion company During the process of building the request for proposal (RFP) template for fashion product lifecycle management (PLM), I spent some time talking with some relatively large fashion goods manufacturers and retailers to gain a better

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Migration from IBM Rational Application Developer to MyEclipse Blue Edition


Why would a company choose to migrate its development tools? And if the migration is decided upon, how can this be done easily and effectively? Get answers to these questions, and explore the concerns and issues surrounding migration of your development environment, using IBM’s Rational Application Developer (RAD) as an example of a current tool and MyEclipse Blue Edition from Genuitec as an example of a new tool.

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Phoenix Data Systems


Established in 1974 and currently headquartered in Southfield, Michigan (US), Phoenix DataSystems, Inc., initially began as a custom software developer. In the 1980s, it shifted focus to a single specialty: healthcare related equipment maintenance.

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