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2011 Archives


Cindi Howson and Tableau Software

Rapid-Fire Analytics: Fusing In-Memory with Advanced Visualization

The long-sought dream of rapid-fire analytics remains elusive, but recent advances in technology and integration have changed the game. The combination of in-memory database technology with drag-and-drop data visualization opens the door to “speed-of-thought” business analysis. The nexus of these technologies empowers savvy business people with the analytical playground they’ve wanted for decades. Of course, nothing is ever that easy, but the on-ramp to valuable analysis sure looks smoother today than ever before.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to hear renowned industry analyst Cindi Howson of BI Scorecard as she offers her take on the shifting landscape of Business Intelligence and Analytics. She’ll then brief Tableau Software’s Dan Jewett to get a detailed assessment on what their latest offering, Tableau 6, means to the marketplace. Topics to be discussed include the data engine, combination charts, page trails and other components that strike Howson’s interest.

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Colin White and expressor Software

A New Wave of Integration: To the Warehouse and Beyond

Recent Bloor Group research shows a surge of integration projects, both for traditional business intelligence programs, as well as projects that feed data to operational systems. The expanding range of these projects brings a whole array of professionals into the picture, from IT and business veterans, to the fleet of new information workers who are just being introduced to formalized information management. Add cloud computing to the mix, and there are more challenges for integrating data than ever, especially in the realm of data governance.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to hear from industry visionary Colin White as he offers insights on the evolving discipline of data integration, and how you can benefit. Bob Potter, expressor Software CEO, will then brief White on the key components of expressor, including: an easy-to-use ETL design environment; a unique, semantic metadata foundation with a purpose-built metadata repository; a collaborative development environment coupled with a permission-based design and thorough versioning control, enabling data governance; design and runtime metadata reporting capabilities; and a data processing engine that leverages parallelism to achieve industry-leading speed.

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Robin Bloor and Composite Software

Creating and Using an Enterprise Data Layer

Robin Bloor and Composite Software in The Briefing Room Gartner calls it a Data Services Layer, Forrester refers to Information-as-a-Service, while software vendors call it Data Virtualization. Veteran IT Analyst Robin Bloor has another name for this convention: an Information-Oriented Architecture (IOA). What do these terms really mean, and how are enterprises benefiting? Many organizations are discovering the agility and cost benefits of creating what amounts to an Enterprise Data Layer, a virtual access layer to a wide range of data sources, including data warehouses, transaction systems, even web sites and the cloud.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn how to design, use and maintain an Enterprise Data Layer. Bloor will offer his insights on key components and why an IOA will soon become a must-have for data-intensive organizations. He’ll then be briefed by Composite Software CTO David Besemer, who will tout his company’s Data Virtualization solution, which incorporates design principles such as decoupling, reuse and agility, combined with key information governance principles such as abstraction, shared semantic models and data standards.

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James Taylor and Attivo

Unified Intelligence – Completing the Mosaic of Analytics

Many organizations are discovering that new technologies can be employed to process and transform unstructured data, such that it can be united with traditional business intelligence solutions.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst James Taylor about how companies can incorporate unstructured data into their decision systems and processes. Taylor will be briefed by Sid Probstein of Attivio, who will tout his company’s patented technology, the Active Intelligence Engine, which uses inverted indexing and a mathematical graph engine to extract, process and align unstructured data. A host of Attivio connectors allow integration with most analytical and many operational systems, including the capability for hierarchical XML data.

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Robin Bloor and Kognitio

The End of OLAP? New Approach Targets Cubes

Several new approaches challenge the long-standing process of delivering BI solutions via OLAP on top of Data Warehouses. The most recently unveiled model focuses on delivering ‘train-of-thought’ analytics to business users in their favorite environment: Microsoft Excel. Under the covers, an in-memory database combines with Massive Parallel Processing (MPP) to achieve a huge reduction in latency, inaccuracy and scalability issues.

Watch this episode of Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain how and why the architecture of information management is changing, in part due to the cloud. He’ll then offer insights on what you can do to become more agile and responsive. Bloor will be briefed by John Coppins of Kognitio, who will tout his company’s latest offering Pablo, which creates a virtual marshaling area for metadata and super-charged “cubes” which essentially circumvent many of the issues that companies encounter with cube maintenance and proliferation.

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Robin Bloor and SAP Sybase

The Model Enterprise: Building Better Intelligence by Design

Until recently, only a handful of companies enjoyed a strategic view of their Information Architecture, but a combination of factors is changing that. More organizations are treating data as a strategic asset, while advances in enterprise technology are extending the role of data modeling into the realm of the Information Architect.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from leading industry Analyst Robin Bloor, who will outline his thoughts on why the Information-Oriented Architecture will soon be a must-have for cutting-edge organizations. Bloor will be briefed by David Dichmann of Sybase, who will discuss the SAP company’s new focus for PowerDesigner, which includes a heavy emphasis on spreading the value of modeling to build and maintain an Information Architecture. Dichmann will offer details on why metadata management Business Intelligence Process Management should play an increasingly significant role in managing information.

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Dr. Claudia Imhoff and Infobright

The Growing 'Big Data' Challenge: Analyzing Machine-Generated Data

Machine-generated data continues to outpace the growth of other enterprise data by a significant margin. For this type of data (such as web data, network logs, telecom records, stock tick data and sensor data), speed to analysis makes all the difference and latency is an increasingly dirty word. Traditional data warehouse approaches are ill-suited to meeting the time and speed required. For that reason, new technologies have emerged that allow organizations to fully tap into the intelligence that can derived from effectively managing and mining this type of data.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from visionary consultant and analyst Dr. Claudia Imhoff, who will share her insights on how the landscape of analysis is rapidly changing. Imhoff will be briefed by Susan Davis of Infobright, who will detail her company’s approach to delivering fast analysis of machine-generated data without the database work otherwise required: no indexes, no projections, no data partitioning or manual tuning. Developed by mathematicians at the University of Warsaw, Infobright uses intelligence about the data to enable analysts to slice and dice huge amounts of information in near-real time, at a fraction of the cost and time of other approaches.

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Joe Northern and Host Analytics

At Your Service: Hosted Analytics for Business Performance

Can the Cloud solve the complexity of analytics, or greatly reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)? The ideal scenario for analysis weaves costs, forecasts and plans together, such that business people can easily access, evaluate and modify them… but that rarely occurs.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran consultant Joe Northern, Principal of MD Strategies, who will offer insights on ways to optimize the unwieldy process of creating and using analytics. Northern is a 1990s MDM visionary who helped revolutionize financial analytics for several of the biggest banks in America. Northern will be briefed by Richard Broome, who will detail his company’s unique approach for Information-as-a-Service. Broome will explain how a support strategy focused on business processes helps companies move beyond the kind of technical issues that plague many analytical applications. He’ll offer insights on the evolution of on-premises software into the cloud, providing details on key issues such as governance, scalability, security and exception handling.

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William McKnight and Composite Software

Five Ways to Use an Enterprise Data Layer

How are organizations using an Enterprise Data Layer? There are a growing number of use cases. The original goal remains prevalent: improve BI with additional data sources. Some organizations are extending their Data Warehouses to gain additional value. Still others are focusing on gaining agility with what Forrester Research calls Information-as-a-Service, often leveraging a semantic layer. Another use case invovles the expansion of analytics to include Big Data. Finally, many companies are now formally integrating with the Cloud.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran consultant William McKnight, author of 90 Days to Success in Consulting. McKnight will offer his thoughts on how to determine when and where to use an Enterprise Data Layer. He’ll be briefed by Bob Eve of Composite Software, who will describe customer deployments of recurring data virtualization usage patterns.

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Mike Ferguson and Denodo Technologies

Extending the Information Supply Chain with Data Virtualization

As organizations identify new sources of data for their analytical or operational needs, one recurring theme keeps rising to the top – the need for data virtualization. Many data sources cannot be quickly or easily brought into a traditional data warehousing environment. For these sources, virtualization provides a means for accessing data assets with minimal impact on operational systems. Using a virtual logical data services layer, these companies are increasing their analytical agility, while still adhering to mandated policies for data governance, and extending its benefit to operational applications and business users as well.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Mike Ferguson, Managing Director, Intelligent Business Strategies, who will offer advice along with practical examples on how organizations effectively use data virtualization in common projects such as real-time dashboards, operational BI and master data management. He will be briefed by Suresh Chandrasekaran of Denodo Technologies, who will outline Denodo’s unified integration model for accessing and combining heterogeneous data of all kinds, and delivering virtualized Information-as-a-Service to a variety of applications, devices and users. He’ll also explain the value of visual and functional integration with existing infrastructure and popular data tools on the market.

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Mark Madsen and Quest Software

Self-Service BI – Empowering Users with Easier Integration

Most business people want autonomy. They want the ability to analyze the wealth of data around them, whether or not it’s in an accessible data warehouse. Trouble is, data integration can be downright challenging, both technically and financially. The good news is that integration options continue to expand, while data providers – from to the host of on-premises enterprise apps – recognize the widespread desire for interoperability.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from data integration veteran Mark Madsen, who will provide insights on how you can take advantage of the many Web-based and traditional data integration options available today. Madsen will then be briefed by Christian Hasker of Quest Software, who will discuss the importance of self-service data integration for business intelligence, and how users can easily connect to a myriad of data stores such as SQL Server, spreadsheets,, OBIEE, NoSQL and Hadoop to reduce data integration project costs and speed time to analytics.

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Dave Menninger and Dell Boomi

How the Cloud Disrupts Traditional Integration Practices

The impact of Cloud Computing creates significant potential for businesses looking to streamline operations or seize new market opportunities. However, the benefits of Cloud-based solutions like, Amazon’s EC2, Zoho and others can quickly be undermined by the increased complexity of an organization’s application architecture. Without an effective means for integrating on-prem and off-prem solutions, bad data and broken processes can cause real trouble.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst Dave Menninger of Ventana Research as he offers insights on how companies can use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) integration for reconciling on-premise data and processes with the Cloud. Menninger will be briefed by Rick Nucci of Dell Boomi, who will explain how AtomSphere was designed to resolve the complexity of Cloud integration. He’ll provide details on the challenges posed by on-premise data, versus private cloud, public cloud and SaaS clouds. He’ll also discuss Boomi Suggest, an integration design tool that learns from thousands of abstracted data mappings in use around the world.

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Lou Agosta and Solver, Inc.

Build vs. Buy – Have Pre-Built Data Warehouses Arrived?

Is the era of shrink-wrapped data warehousing upon us? Like all software solutions, data warehouses should evolve into commodities eventually. After all, there are clear patterns that emerge across nearly all custom warehouses. They deal with general ledgers, assets, receivables, projects, payrolls, revenue. At some level of abstraction, a pre-built solution should be possible. But has that time really arrived?

One man who should know is Lou Agosta, author of The Essential Guide to Data Warehousing. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear his thoughts on the maturation of this industry. Agosta will then be briefed by Nils Rasmussen of Solver USA, creator of the BI360 pre-configured data warehouse. Rasmussen will tout his solution’s out-of-the box modules, as well as the built-in add-on modules that allow for customization. He’ll also explain how BI360 thoroughly leverages Microsoft Excel add-ins for reporting, budgeting and modeling.

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Robin Bloor and Pentaho

Metadata Management as the Key to Agile BI

In the business of managing information, all roads lead to metadata. Trouble is many information systems tap into a wide patchwork of metadata repositories, some of which can easily be reconciled, but some of which cannot. Getting a handle on enterprise metadata is therefore a central issue facing today’s business intelligence and analytics professionals.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran IT analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain why metadata management must be the centerpiece of any complex information architecture. He’ll outline the value of designing an Information Oriented Architecture and will also provide insights on how companies can identify and take advantage of low-hanging fruit in their data environments. Bloor will be briefed by Ian Fyfe of Pentaho, a pioneer of Agile BI, with a major focus on centralized metadata management. Fyfe will provide details and real-life customer examples on how Pentaho’s integrated product stack can help organizations avoid many of the data silos that hamper information agility. He’ll also discuss the importance of using proven methodologies to build valuable applications for the business and describe why the Pentaho approach is well suited for empowering Agile BI.

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John Ladley and Alteryx

Where and How: Two Key Pieces to the Intelligence Puzzle

Business Intelligence (BI) solutions provide little value when underutilized. Sometimes, licenses can even be lost due to lack of usage. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear from veteran analyst John Ladley of IMCue Systems, who will offer insights on how to optimize the use of BI applications. He’ll explain how BI and Data Warehousing (DW) success boils down to logistics more than tool selection.

Ladley will be briefed by Paul Evans and Ian Erickson of Alteryx, who will explain how their company’s solution was specifically designed to provide a complete end-to-end solution for geospatial intelligence. They will outline why the nexus of process and location can provide unique insights for both B2B and B2C enterprises. They will also tout several success stories for some of the largest companies in the United States.

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Cindi Howson and MicroStrategy

Depth and Breadth: How Visual Analytics and Mobile BI Will Change Business

With everyone on the go these days, the value of Business Intelligence (BI) must extend far beyond the corporate firewall. That includes the power of analytics, until recently only available to the select few analysts and executives who had access. Now that mobile devices are pervasive, and visual analysis is much more accessible, business people everywhere have a whole new range of possibilities at their fingertips. Still, this new world of options will require some retraining and rethinking.

Watch this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran BI Analyst Cindi Howson of BI Scorecard, who will explain how your organization can take advantage of this new wave in analytical capability. Howson will be briefed by Matt Ipri of MicroStrategy, who will describe his company’s blueprint for delivering analytics to the new, mobile workforce. He’ll discuss how MicroStrategy is leveraging its proprietary architecture to deal with the access, performance, design and security issues related to Mobile BI and Visual Analysis.

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Robin Bloor and Tableau Software

Empowering the Mobile Workforce with Deep Analytics

Inspiration arrives in all kinds of places, not just when you’re in the office. That’s one main reason why mobile Business Intelligence (BI) offers so much promise. But mobile workers need more than a pared-down tool. They need a fully functional application that allows them to analyze whatever data applies to their business needs, regardless of the place or time.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran IT Analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain how today’s workforce can leverage the power of deep analytics from wherever, whenever, and why that changes the way people should work.Bloor will be briefed by Ellie Fields of Tableau Software, who will demo her company’s 6.1 release including Tableau’s new iPad app, which features native connectivity to Tableau Server. She’ll show how Tableau’s focus on usability and author-once approach to mobile BI helps users avoid dashboard proliferation. She will also discuss best practices for deploying mobile BI.  

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Robin Bloor and Rainstor

Achieving Agility in Data Warehousing and Analytics

Imagine if you didn’t need to make so many hard choices about which data you could store in your warehouse or data marts. That’s the new reality with Big Data. Thanks to a novel approach to compression, vast amounts of data can be kept at-the-ready, resulting in improved query and analysis capabilities across the board. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst Robin Bloor explain how specialized data compression can reduce petabytes to terabytes, sometimes very cost-effectively, thus opening the door to a new kind of information architecture.

Bloor will be briefed by Ramon Chen of RainStor, who will explain how his company’s compression and reduction technology uses a unique method for quickly ingesting, reducing and retaining large amounts of data. He’ll discuss how their engine dynamically creates flexible tree-like structures for storing big data in a virtually tamper-proof and immutable way. And because schema changes are preserved, data can be queried as it existed at any point in time. The result is a new option for Cloud-based (or on-prem) data retention that can augment a data warehouse, and even change the way organizations architect their information strategy.



Mark Madsen and Pervasive Software

Leveraging Big Data with Scalable, Parallel Solutions

With staggering growth in data volumes comes the opportunity to extract unforeseen knowledge through analytics – but only if analytic applications can consume large datasets in short timeframes. Though Big Data can be managed with existing architectures, the process can be slow, or it can require the addition of costly hardware. However, the combination of multicore processors and Massively Parallel software technologies can greatly facilitate the movement of Big Data, enabling a kind of analytics that was previously impossible.

Watch this episode of the Briefing Room to hear Analyst Mark Madsen of Third Nature offer insights into the challenges of escalating data volumes and how companies can increase their time-to-value through parallel processing. Madsen will be briefed by Mike Hoskins and Jim Falgout of Pervasive Software, who will describe how organizations can develop high-performance analytics applications by leveraging a highly parallel, highly scalable framework. Citing examples ranging from Web analytics to insurance fraud detection, they will discuss how data flow can both scale up within a single multicore SMP and scale out across clusters of machines, both on-premises and in a public cloud. They will also provide details of Pervasive TurboRush for Hive, a performance accelerator for Apache Hadoop’s Hive data warehouse software.


Colin White and Aster Data

Big Data Analytics: Unlocking the Potential of Multi-Structured Data

With more companies realizing the inherent value of all their information assets, the desire to leverage big data analytics is fast becoming a driving force for data managers. Incorporating new types and sources of available data can help organizations better understand their customers, detect and prevent fraud, and find ways to monetize information. These new data types pose unique challenges, however, and must be addressed differently than the traditional relational data of Business Intelligence.

Register for this episode of the Briefing Room to hear industry expert Colin White of BI Research, who will chart the evolution of analytic database platforms. He’ll outline the market forces that drive the need for a platform which incorporates relational and multi-structured data, and how that platform can give organizations a competitive advantage. He will be briefed by Tasso Argyros and Stephanie McReynolds of Aster Data, who will discuss how Aster Data’s nCluster was designed to leverage a patented SQL-MapReduce framework to make Big Data analytics both fast and familiar. They will also show how differentiated data-driven applications can improve analytical performance in a range of use cases, from digital media optimization to social network and relationship analysis.


Bill Inmon and SAND Technology

Achieving Pervasive BI with Massively Parallel Solutions

Time-to-insight is increasingly the single most valuable metric for the success of information systems. One huge barrier can be concurrency: the number of users who can cost-effectively leverage analytical power.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear industry expert Bill Inmon’s perspective on “time to insight” – why getting your data fast is key to successful analytics. He will evaluate the gap between how fast analytic databases are and how fast they need to be. Inmon will be briefed by Mike Pilcher, Chief Operating Officer of SAND, who will explain how his company’s massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture meets the demand for scalability and agility, particularly around high concurrency applications. He will discuss how the use of decoupled, shared storage eliminates bottlenecking and optimizes performance.



William McKnight and Talend

The Mainstreaming of Master Data Management

Most business leaders understand the critical role of data in their operations. However, while strategic in nature, the implementation of Master Data Management (MDM) solutions is often somewhat removed from day-to-day operations. That trend is now evolving. There is an increasing awareness among business users that the operational benefits of MDM can greatly improve the automation and efficiency of critical processes.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst William McKnight offer insights for how traditional methods for implementing MDM often miss opportunities for improving a range of business processes. McKnight will be briefed by Jim Walker of Talend, who will explain how his company’s open-source model was designed to democratize and make MDM accessible across the organization. He will discuss how their customers have applied MDM principles and technologies to areas outside the usual domain of MDM. He’ll describe how the shift from analytical to organizational MDM has mitigated many of the challenges of MDM implementations.


Malcolm Chisholm and Information Builders

Governance, Workflow and the Data Quality Firewall

Data quality issues come in all shapes and sizes, which is why workflow and governance should play a central role in effective information management. Preventing bad data from entering the organization is a great place to start, but data can be improved at any point during its life cycle. A key to success is to identify opportunities along a record’s lineage where trusted systems and people can access, correct and enrich valuable data.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from analyst and MDM visionary Malcolm Chisholm as he offers practical advice for designing and implementing a data governance program. He’ll explain how companies can take a strategic view of their information and process architectures in order to create a road map for data quality. Chisholm will be briefed by Jake Freivald and Vincent Lam of Information Builders, who will tout their company’s range of technologies that enable data governance, data quality and workflow management. They’ll also explain how a well-designed information architecture can leverage real-time business rules to achieve a data quality firewall.



Colin White and Attunity

Delivering Real-Time Information: The Key to Enterprise Agility

Using real-time information can make all the difference in serving customers and improving business operations. But accessing, sharing, and distributing information in a timely and cost-efficient manner is a challenge for IT organizations that face ever-growing volumes of data across heterogeneous data sources. However, the ability to move, manage, and access data in real time is a reality these days.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear industry analyst Colin White share his insights on advances in technologies that enable real-time BI and operational reporting. White will be briefed by Itamar Ankorion of Attunity, who will explain how the need for fresh data is becoming the norm for many organizations. He will discuss ways to achieve real-time data access and availability with technologies such as data replication, and his company’s Click-2-Replicate functionality. He’ll describe how this tech can play an important role in today’s competitive business environment to support business intelligence and data warehousing efforts that underpin a successful organization.



Wayne Eckerson and Composite Software

Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility

Anything can work on the drawing board, but practical solutions must be tested in the field. The good news for data virtualization is that the success stories keep adding up. In fact, there’s now a whole new book filled with them. Furthermore, veteran industry analyst Wayne Eckerson recently interviewed several end users and concluded: “I’m convinced that data virtualization is the missing layer in our data architectures.”

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn about specific case studies for data virtualization, aka data federation or data services. Eckerson will outline his take on this evolving discipline, and will then be briefed by Bob Eve of Composite Software and Judith R. Davis, coauthors of the newly published book entitled, ‘Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.’ They will share insights about the business agility benefits of successful implementations, as well as best practices for adoption.


Rick Sherman and Information Builders

Convergence: The Nexus of Data and Process with MDM

The concept of Master Data Management is truly pervasive, because it touches every corner of the enterprise. The optimal location of an MDM hub is the center of your information architecture. While each implementation is different, all tend to converge at the nexus of data and process. For companies with a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), that place is often called the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn how efficient use of MDM can enable the simultaneous accomplishment of several key objectives, including Data Quality and the overall improvement of operational efficiency. Consultant Rick Sherman will share his thoughts on creative ways to leverage MDM for a wide range of benefits. He’ll be briefed by Vincent Lam and Jake Freivald of Information Builders, who will tout their integration platform.


Robin Bloor and Datastax

The Business of Analytics and Scalability: Getting What You Need Quickly

Even today, only a few members of an organization can perform the kind of analysis they really need — often due to cost concerns, data complexity, and time constraints. The good news is that real-time data integration and analysis is increasingly possible thanks to innovations in open-source database technologies like Apache Cassandra, and a host of new analytical capabilities powered by Hadoop. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain how the use of an Information Oriented Architecture can open doors for faster, more relevant analysis. He’ll be briefed by DataStax CTO and Apache Cassandra project chair Jonathan Ellis, who will describe the unique architecture of Cassandra, which allows for fast distribution of Big Data and virtually unlimited scalability. You’ll also hear use cases from a variety of verticals.



Mike Ferguson and Teradata

Three Keys to Performance: Architecture, Awareness and Design

The need for speed dominates every information system. While there are many ways to manually improve the reaction time of a database or application, there are several fundamentals for achieving overall agility and performance. The first is architecture, because that touches everything. The second is awareness: of users, models, data temperatures. And the third is design — knowing how to best craft a solution for a particular industry or need.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear independent Analyst Mike Ferguson explain how companies can use these principles to create information systems that are inherently agile and performant. Ferguson will be briefed by Jim Dietz of Teradata who will tout his company’s family of data warehousing products, which cover five application domains. He’ll also provide details on several Teradata features, including data temperature awareness, columnar technology and intelligent use of memory technologies.


Wayne Eckerson and MicroStrategy

Aim High: Why 'Enterprise' Cloud Will Change Information Management

The Cloud offers an alternative approach to on-premises Business Intelligence, but it brings a new set of challenges. Scalability and overall simplicity are key benefits, along with speed of deployment. Setup and maintenance costs are transformed from a significant upfront investment to a more modest monthly operating expense, and tend to be more affordable. This opens the door for departments with relatively small operating budgets. Still, there are hurdles involved, including integration, security, privacy and control.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran BI Analyst Wayne Eckerson of Tech Target offer insights on best practices for Cloud BI adoption. Eckerson will be briefed by Steve Stone, MicroStrategy Cloud SVP and former Lowe’s CIO, who will provide details on their new Enterprise Cloud offering, which features a variety of packages to suit both large organizations and small businesses alike. The range of solutions come bundled with database and integration technologies, plus the usual reporting, dashboarding and ad hoc capabilities.