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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Infobright

Outside the Box: Alternate Query Models and the Future of Big Data

How big a role will Big Data play in the future of analytics? There’s no question that all flavors of Big Data are here to stay, especially the rising waters of machine-generated data. Cramming all the details you want into a giant data warehouse will no longer be tenable, which means other, more federated solutions must arise. That’s where alternate query models will save the day.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains how the widening landscape of Big Data will continue to transform the manner in which analytics are done. He’ll be briefed by Don DeLoach of Infobright, who will tout his company’s Big Data strategy, which focuses on greatly expediting the process of doing analysis on large sets of federated data.


The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and VelociData

Five Critical Success Factors for Big Data and Traditional BI

Most Big Data discussions focus on analytics, but business users need more than that. They need speed, because most opportunities these days are transient and must be acted on quickly. Bottlenecks in the delivery of analytic results often occur on the gathering and transformation side, where massive volumes of data must be validated, converted, masked or otherwise transformed before hitting the analytics engine. Big Data is rapidly overrunning conventional approaches, creating requirements for accelerated, hybrid systems.

Register for this episode of the Briefing Room to hear veteran IT Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor, as he explains how a combination of innovations is dramatically changing how companies can solve serious data transformation challenges. Robin will be briefed by Ron Indeck of VelociData, who will tout their record-breaking data operations appliance. He’ll also discuss five critical success factors for achieving optimal performance, including the necessary infrastructure for executing data transformations at wire speed.


The Briefing Room with John O’Brien and Birst

Data Discovery and BI - Is there Really a Difference?

While the disciplines of business intelligence and discovery certainly overlap, there are key distinctions between the two, both in terms of design point and user interface. While traditionally it is believed different architectures are required to address these differing analytic needs, is that really the case? Or is discovery simply another key capability within an overall BI platform?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst John O’Brien of Radiant Advisors as he outlines best practices for enabling high-quality business intelligence and discovery, and the architectural capabilities to enable both. He’ll be briefed by Brad Peters of Birst who will tout his company’s cloud BI platform. In particular, Peters will demonstrate how the Birst architecture was especially designed for enterprise-caliber BI and argue for a more inclusive future BI architecture.



Dr. Robin Bloor and Acunu

Instant Gratification: Taking the Fast Track to Visual Analysis

Patience may be a virtue, but most decision-makers don’t have much time for it these days. That’s why analytics must be easy to achieve, and even easier to understand. One of the biggest challenges in that process is knowing which kind of visualization will demonstrate the point you’re trying to make. Sometimes, just getting started can be a problem. That’s why a new strategy has evolved — tools that automatically suggest which kind of visualization fits a particular data set best.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he discusses the dynamics of visual data discovery. He’ll be briefed by Tim Moreton of Acunu who will demonstrate his company’s operational intelligence platform which delivers analytics on real-time, streaming data. He’ll tout the new self-service capabilities of Acunu Analytics, which allow business professionals to fast-track visual discovery.


Dr. Robin Bloor and IBM Information Management

Age of Exploration: How to Achieve Enterprise-Wide Discovery

The bigger data volumes get, the wider the range of sources available, the more companies need to secure a strategic view of their information assets. This is no small challenge for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is access to the growing array of valuable data sets available. Today’s most innovative companies are using creative solutions to ride the information wave.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor, as he explains how the unbridled growth of data and information systems requires a holistic approach to information access. He will be briefed by Mark Myers and Scott Parker of IBM, who will showcase the company’s InfoSphere Data Explorer product, a solution aimed squarely at the need to gain a cohesive view of enterprise data, wherever it may be. Myers and Parker will discuss how Data Explorer can help organizations to get more from their SharePoint investments, enabling them to deliver information to front-line employees regardless of where it is managed.


Eric Kavanagh and PSI-KORS

The Dirty Work – Why Data Must Be Reconciled

Let’s face it — most enterprise information systems are a mess. That’s often due to grunt work which was overlooked months or years ago and had nothing to do with you, except that you inherited it. Some mistakes can be swept under the rug for a while, but sooner or later, garbage in results in very expensive garbage out.

Register for this episode of the Briefing Room to hear Senior Analyst Eric Kavanagh outline a roadmap from the past into the possible futures of the information economy. He’ll be briefed by Dr. Geoffrey Malafsky, Founder and Data Scientist for the PSI-KORS Institute, a new organization focused on data reconciliation. Malafsky will share his institute’s methodology and explain how the process of doing the dirty work can yield tremendous benefits.


John O’Brien and Actuate

A Plethora of Options -- The New World of Data Visualization

Today’s complex business challenges are not two-dimensional. They don’t show clearly with just pie or bar charts. Rather, they call for truly dynamic, interactive visualizations. That’s okay these days because the entire visualization market is opening up, and quite dramatically. It’s open-source meets crowd-source meets enterprise caliber software.

Register for this episode of the Briefing Room to hear venerable Analyst John O’Brien as he explains how the visualization industry is undergoing a full-fledged Renaissance. He’ll be briefed by Jason Goodyear of Actuate, who will tout their array of data visualization options, including a new marketplace that features an ever-growing library of unique models.



Robin Bloor and IBM

Rave Reviews – How to Dazzle Decision-Makers with Data

You know that a-ha moment–when you discover that key business insight. That special moment often occurs when you design an effective data visualization. The obvious challenge is that doing so usually requires far more than a pie chart. Luckily, there’s something of a revolution happening in the field of data visualization. Thanks to the powers of standards and collaboration, the variety of data visualizations available to information workers is at an all-time high.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor, who will explain why a proliferation of new data visualization options is fundamentally changing the way analytics deliver value. He’ll be briefed by Noah Iliinsky of IBM, who will tout his company’s new extensible visualization capabilities, which give end users access to an ever-growing library of data visualizations. He’ll also discuss his four pillars for effective visualizations, and how professionals can use them to create lasting impact.


Robin Bloor and Kognitio

Making the Most of In-Memory: More Than Speed

Everyone’s talking about in-memory these days, and the term has become synonymous with speed. But pinning data into memory is just the beginning, and it’s about more than speed. In-memory solutions need a tailored architecture, one that can take full advantage RAM processing from every aspect, and this requires an approach that considers memory and CPU from the ground-up.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains how memory is on the fast track to supersede disk, at least with respect to advanced analytics. He’ll be briefed by Kognitio CTO Roger Gaskell, who pioneered the in-memory analytical platform since its inception in 1989. He will also discuss how this type of solution changes the landscape for the modern data architecture and its impact on advanced analytical capabilities.



Robin Bloor and IBM

Entry Points – How to Get Rolling with Big Data Analytics

Where to begin? That question remains prominent for many organizations who are trying to leverage the value of big data analytics. Most sources of big data are quite different than traditional enterprise data systems. This requires new skill sets, both for the granular integration work, as well as the strategic business perspective required to design useful solutions. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains the pain points associated with modern data volumes and types. He will be briefed by Rick Clements of IBM, who will tout IBM’s big data platform, specifically InfoSphere BigInsights, InfoSphere Streams and InfoSphere Data Explorer. He will also present specific use cases that demonstrate how IT and the line of business can springboard over existing challenges, gain insight and improve operational performance.


Robin Bloor and Tableau

How Data Visualization Enhances the News

In the modern world of news delivery, many stories cannot be told with just words and pictures. Increasingly, top-tier news providers use interactive visualizations of data in order to tell compelling stories. The result is a more engaging experience for the user, plus added insights for the news provider.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to see several of the most creative and powerful examples of data visualization in the news. Chief Analyst Robin Bloor of The Bloor Group will then discuss the visualization building process with Ben Jones of Tableau Software, who will answer questions about best practices for creating educational and visually stimulating graphics.


Richard Winter and Teradata

Focal Point - How to Adjust Your Analytical Lens

The art of analytical discovery hinges on having the right conditions for success. You need the data, tools and the proper perspective. You need the ability to apply various filters at a range of angles in order to shine light on the flecks of gold that live in your data. This is where a combination of algorithms and creative data visualization come in handy.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Richard Winter explain how a robust foundation for analytics is critical for finding insights. He’ll be briefed by Chris Twogood of Teradata who will discuss the Aster Discovery Platform, including Aster Lens which has been designed specifically for business users to help facilitate the navigation of big data.


Neil Raden and Actian

How to Identify, Train or Become a Data Scientist

Respected research institutes keep saying we have a shortage of data scientists, which makes sense because the title is so new. But most business analysts and serious data managers have at least some of the necessary training to fill this new role. And any number of curious, diligent professionals can learn how to be a data scientist, if they can get access to the right tools and education.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Neil Raden of Hired Brains offer insights about how to identify the key characteristics of a data scientist role. He’ll then explain how professionals can incrementally improve their data science skills. He’ll be briefed by John Santaferraro of Actian, who will showcase his company’s Data Flow Engine, which provides unprecedented visual access to highly complex data flows. This, coupled with Actian’s multiple analytics database technologies, opens the door to whole new avenues of possible insights.



Mark Madsen and IBM Business Analytics

Thinking Outside the Cube: How In-Memory Bolsters Analytics

What’s old is often new again, especially in the world of information management. The innovation of OLAP cubes years ago transformed business intelligence by empowering analysts with significantly faster number-crunching capabilities. Today, with data volumes exploding, a new kind of cube is offering similar value, thanks in large part to in-memory analytics.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst and practitioner Mark Madsen of Third Nature, who will explain how this new wave of in-memory technology can give analysts a needed boost for dealing with the rising tide of data volumes and types. He’ll be briefed by Chris McPherson of IBM Business Analytics, who will tout IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes, which were specifically designed to let business users maintain the speed and agility they need for their analytical solutions.


Wayne Eckerson and Actian

Analytic Excellence - Saying Goodbye to Old Constraints

With all the innovations in compute power these days, one of the hardest hurdles to overcome is the tendency to think in old ways. By and large, the processing constraints of yesterday no longer apply. The new constraints revolve around the strategic management of data, and the effective use of business analytics. How can your organization take the helm in this new era of analysis? 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to find out! Veteran Analyst Wayne Eckerson of The BI Leadership Forum, will explain how a handful of key innovations has significantly changed the game for data processing and analytics. He’ll be briefed by John Santaferraro of Actian, who will tout his company’s unique position in “scale-up and scale-out” for analyzing data. 



Robin Bloor and Dell Boomi

The Big Connection: Integrating Cloud with Enterprise Systems

Integrating cloud solutions with existing infrastructures poses formidable challenges for most organizations, especially when key business applications are complex, or spread across disparate systems. Companies need to leverage and analyze their data no matter where it lives, and they need the flexibility to make changes as needed. Achieving this level of agility requires a new kind of application integration that natively harnesses cloud architectures. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains how the maturation of cloud services and platforms has improved application integration techniques. He’ll be briefed by Wes Manning of Dell Boomi, who will tout his company’s cloud integration offering, which includes the ability to integrate hallmark solutions like SAP and Salesforce with on premise or SaaS-based applications. He will also share a demo of Boomi Suggest, a community-developed repository of data mappings that can greatly accelerate integration projects. 


Dean Abbott and Tableau Software 

Bridging the Gap: Analyzing Data in and Below the Cloud

Today’s desire for analytics extends well beyond the traditional domain of Business Intelligence. That’s partly because business users are realizing the value of mixing and matching all kinds of data, from all kinds of sources. One emerging market driver is Cloud-based data, and the desire companies have to analyze this data cohesively with their on-premise data sets.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from Analyst Dean Abbott, who will explain how the ability to access data in the cloud can play a critical role for generating business value from analytics. He’ll be briefed by Ellie Fields of Tableau Software who will tout Tableau’s latest release, which includes native connectors to cloud-based applications like, Amazon Redshift, Google Analytics and BigQuery. She’ll also explain Tableau Online, a hosted version of Tableau Server that enables access to BI and analytics in the cloud. 


William McKnight and Actian

Maximum Overdrive: How Cloud-Born Data Changes the Game

The proliferation of cloud-based applications continues across all industries, and for all kinds of reasons: time, money, ease-of-deployment, functionality, and maintenance. But while the cloud offers clear benefits, many organizations remain unsure about which solutions to point at various aspects of business operations, and wonder how to integrate with on-prem systems. That’s the beauty of a comprehensive cloud strategy: all the benefits of cloud deployments, plus the power and flexibility of a managed infrastructure — without the guessing game.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst William McKnight explain how cloud offerings are expanding, in turn creating opportunity for organizations to more quickly deploy and use valuable cloud-based solutions. He’ll be briefed by Omid Sedaghatian of Actian, who will tout his company’s DataCloud, an on-demand services platform powered by Amazon Web Services. He will explain how the Actian DataCloud Platform can enable line-of-business and developers to leverage the dynamics of Actian’s data services and help across the spectrum of two major forces: big data and data that’s born in the cloud. 



Robin Bloor and ELM Systems

Getting a Handle on Residential Mortgage Loans

With nearly $10 trillion in US residential mortgage loans outstanding, the market for managing these loans is truly vast. The key to success is visibility—having a strategic view of these assets, from acquisition through disposition. A special episode of The Briefing Room with veteran Actuary and IT Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor will provide insight about how the residential whole loan market can benefit from new technologies. He’ll be briefed by Barbara Chell and Matt Mustich of ELM Systems, LLC, who will provide a detailed overview of the Enterprise Loan Management System (ELMS). They’ll tout the system’s capabilities as a residential whole loan database which includes functionality for tracking loan performance, profiling tape data, filtering and creating stratifications, and more. 


Robin Bloor and Objectivity

Connecting the Dots—How a Graph Database Enables Discovery

Some of the most vexing and important analytical challenges cannot be solved with relational database technology, which was designed to expedite specific types of data persistence and access. The NoSQL movement addresses the needs of Big Data, and plugs many of the gaps in the relational model. But the vast majority of NoSQL products fall short for analyzing networks of data, especially when the complexity of data types – and the relationships between them – reach a critical mass. That’s where graph databases excel: allowing analysts to navigate highly complex data sets and networks with large volumes of data, for the purpose of discovering valuable relationships.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran database Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains the how and why of graph database technology. He’ll be briefed by Leon Guzenda of Objectivity, who will tout his company’s mature InfiniteGraph Database. Guzenda will discuss why InfiniteGraph is the fastest, most scalable graph database on the market. He’ll also outline several use cases for using graph database technology to solve otherwise intractable problems. 


Robin Bloor and MarkLogic

As You Seek—How Search Enables Big Data Analytics

The heart and soul of Big Data Analytics revolves around search. That’s why we keep hearing about NoSQL database vendors aligning themselves with third-party search engines. Because these purpose-built database engines do not leverage the Structured Query Language, search is the means by which valuable insights are gleaned from them. But bolted-on search engines typically don’t offer the kind of deep functionality that built-in engines can. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor explain how search functionality provides a window into the possibilities for Big Data Analytics. He’ll be briefed by David Gorbet of MarkLogic who will tout his company’s object database offering, which boasts more than 10 years of use in production. He’ll discuss how search can be used to expose relationships in Big Data and thus help generate insights. He’ll also provide details on MarkLogic’s enterprise-caliber capabilities, such as ACID compliance, its SQL interface, and where semantics fit in the roadmap. 


John O’Brien and Teradata

The Intelligent Thing -- Using In-Memory for Big Data and Beyond

For traditional Data Warehousing and Big Data Analytics, research shows that a small percentage of enterprise data often comprises the lion’s share of what’s needed for queries. That’s hot data, and organizations that know how to effectively harness that data can stay on top of what’s happening. Conversely, cold data can certainly provide value at times, but should ideally be stored in ways that minimize cost. The more dynamically a company can manage this hot and cold data, the more efficient its information systems become.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran database expert John O’Brien of Radiant Advisors as he outlines a strategy for managing hot and cold data. He’ll be briefed by Alan Greenspan of Teradata, who will tout his company’s Intelligent In-Memory solution, which optimizes the management of hot and cold data to keep analysts fueled with the data they need most. He’ll also discuss Teradata Virtual Storage, which helps optimize the storage and provisioning of information assets. 



Krish Krishnan and Denodo

Down to Business: Taking Action Quickly with Linked Data Services

Rapid time-to-insight makes analysts happy, but rapid time-to-action is what executives want most. Being able to respond quickly to market changes, new opportunities or customer requests is increasingly a must-have in today’s competitive landscape. The key ingredient for this kind of organizational flexibility? Data! Companies that can quickly pull together a variety of data sources have a significant advantage over those that cannot. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst Krish Krishnan of Sixth Sense explain how linked data services can provide the necessary foundation for an agile enterprise. He’ll be briefed by Suresh Chandrasekaran of Denodo Technologies who will showcase his company’s mature data virtualization platform. He’ll demonstrate how a point-and-click interface can be used to quickly assemble a wide range of data sets, thus enabling companies to build business solutions that address very specific enterprise needs.  


Barry Devlin and Composite Software

Where the Warehouse Ends—A New Age of Information Access

All good things must come to an end, and even though the data warehouse will remain a prominent force in the information age, the handwriting is all over the enterprise: the center of data gravity is growing. Whether due to Big Data or real-time demands, Cloud computing or globalization, today’s leading organizations have analytical needs that the warehouse simply cannot accommodate. That’s why data virtualization continues to attract attention. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Barry Devlin explain why the traditional model for data warehousing is expanding and changing to accommodate a range of more flexible methods for accessing and analyzing information assets. He’ll be briefed by David Besemer of Composite Software who will discuss how his company’s data virtualization platform can be used to provide access to all manner of information sources, including data warehouses, Big Data silos, as well as partner and public data sources on demand.


Robin Bloor and Actian

The Bigger Picture: New Opportunities for the Modern Enterprise

Welcome to the Age of Data! From every direction, along any number of trajectories, data now streams at us in unprecedented fashion. Customers, prospects, partners, competitors; Web sites, mobile phones, medical devices, manufacturing machines – the number and nature of monitored devices grows exponentially, almost by the hour. What’s a data manager to do? 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor outline a vision for the future of data management. He’ll be briefed by Lance Speck of Actian, who will tout his company’s portfolio of products that can now deliver end-to-end management of Big Data and small. He’ll explain how mature Cloud integration functionality can be combined with vector-enabled data processing and finely threaded, massively parallel integration to create a whole new class of business solutions. And he’ll demonstrate how these new capabilities can transform the modern enterprise.



Robin Bloor and EnterpriseWeb

An App Platform for the Real-time Enterprise

Global trends such as social, mobile, cloud and outsourcing are fragmenting the modern enterprise. People, information and systems are increasingly distributed. Businesses need a way to bring it all back together, virtually. One solution is to re-imagine an organization as a web of loosely-coupled resources (entities, objects, services, APIs, systems and devices) connected by links and metadata. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor explain how a new style of real-time event-driven architecture enables ‘smart’ and adaptable applications and business processes. He’ll be briefed by Dave Duggal of EnterpriseWeb, a horizontally scalable platform for modeling, running and managing composite apps. He will talk about his company’s unified approach and provide a live demonstration of their platform.


Claudia Imhoff and Birst

Seeing RedShift: How Amazon Changed Data Warehousing Forever

What a difference a day can make! When Amazon announced their new RedShift offering – a data warehouse in the cloud – the entire industry of information management changed. The most notable disruption? Price. At a whopping $1,000 per year for a terabyte, RedShift achieved a price-point improvement that amounts to at least two orders of magnitude, if not three when compared to its top-tier competitors. But pricing is just one change; there’s also the entire process by which data warehousing is done. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Claudia Imhoff explain why a new cloud-based reality for data warehousing significantly changes the game for business intelligence and analytics. She’ll be briefed by Brad Peters of Birst who will tout his company’s BI solution, which has been specifically architected for cloud-based hosting. Peters will discuss several key intricacies of doing BI in the cloud, including the unique provisioning, loading and modeling requirements. Founded in 2004, Birst has nearly a decade of doing cloud-based BI and Analytics. 


Robin Bloor and IBM Business Analytics

Help Yourself: How to Deliver Three Levels of Self-Service BI

By design, self-service business intelligence should be easy for the end user. That’s the whole point. But getting there requires some careful thinking, and an appreciation for the different levels of self-service required. For the casual user or front-line worker, the insights must be delivered in direct fashion. For more experienced professionals, you need to provide sufficient options and drill-down capabilities. And for the power user, you must provision enough data sources and visualization functionality to empower deep analytics.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor explain the critical success factors for enabling the full range of self-service capabilities for business intelligence and analytics. He’ll be briefed by Brent Winsor of IBM, who will demonstrate the depth and breadth of the Cognos platform. Winsor will show how IBM Cognos provides the full complement of analytical functionality available today, in a fashion that’s secure, scalable and extensible. 


Robin Bloor and Tableau Software

Data Visualization and the Art of Self-Reliance

 Classic author Ralph Waldo Emerson inspired a generation with his essays on self-reliance. The wisdom of his message still rings true today, and provides a vision for the modern information worker: trust in yourself and your ideas. Then, pull together the right data, and the right visualization of that data, to tell a compelling story. Rely on your instincts, and use information assets to your advantage. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor provide a roadmap for enabling self-reliant knowledge workers. He’ll be briefed by Suzanne Hoffman of Tableau Software, who will demonstrate how the latest version of Tableau’s data visualization platform can empower information professionals from all segments of the enterprise. She’ll demonstrate how anyone from a casual business user to a Data Scientist can quickly create, modify and share visualizations. 


Wayne Eckerson and Noetix

Enabling True Analytic Agility – Bring Your Own Tool (BYOT)

Despite all the talk of standardization, the fact remains that business intelligence and discovery tools are all over the map, with new and innovative products rolling out all the time. And if a CIO is worth their weight in salt, they know that end users definitely have preferences about which tools they want for which purposes. That’s why BYOT might become the next big acronym for information managers: Bring Your Own Tool! 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Wayne Eckerson of the BI Leadership Forum, who will explain why enabling your analysts and other professionals with the tools they want can make a big difference in your organization. He’ll be briefed by Jeff Kirk and Paul Winterstein of Noetix, who will tout their company’s approach for enabling all manner of BI and discovery tools. They’ll explain how a centralized meta data marshaling repository is key to maintaining accuracy and governance while also letting end users explore data in a fashion that suits them.



Robin Bloor and Acunu

Operation Real-Time: Analyzing Big Data Now

The closer you get to the point of action, the better control you have of your business. Being able to respond within seconds instead of minutes can maximize margin, minimize risk, and create opportunities that would have otherwise required guesswork. Until recently, that kind of situational awareness called for massive financial investment and serious know-how. Today, companies can tackle vast amounts of data in real-time, thanks in part to the continuing wave of open-source database innovation. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Chief Analyst Robin Bloor, PhD, explain why real-time analysis of Big Data is possible today. He’ll be briefed by Tim Moreton, CTO and Founder of Acunu, who will discuss his company’s Cassandra-based Analytics offering. He’ll explain how Acunu facilitates both real-time and historical analysis of Big Data, thus enabling rapid development and deployment of highly focused business applications.


Mark Madsen and SQLstream

Continuous Intelligence: Staying Ahead with Streaming Analytics

The battle cry of “time to insight” continues to change the way organizations seek insights from their data, big and small. One increasingly popular strategy focus on analyzing data streams, ranging from social media to machine-generated data captured in logs. By focusing on the kind of continuous intelligence that can flow from such analysis, organizations can stay ahead of their competitors by seizing new opportunities, and often avoiding problematic disruptions. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Mark Madsen of Third Nature, as he explains how a new wave of technologies offers a compelling alternative to the traditional means for generating insights. He’ll be briefed by Damian Black of SQLStream who will explain how his company’s platform was designed to enable real-time analysis of multiple data streams. He’ll discuss how streaming analytics can remove the gap between traditional business intelligence and operational systems.


Eric Kavanagh and Phasic Systems

Don't Say No – How a Controlled Approach Enables Operational Intelligence

The complexity of today’s information architectures creates a wide range of challenges for executives trying to get a strategic view of their current operations. The data and context locked in operational systems often get diluted during the normalization processes of data warehousing and other types of analytic solutions. And the ultimate goal of seeing the big picture gets derailed by a basic inability to reconcile disparate organizational views of key information assets and rules. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from Bloor Group CEO Eric Kavanagh, who will explain how a tightly controlled methodology can be combined with modern NoSQL technology to resolve both process and system complexities, thus enabling a much richer, more interconnected information landscape. Kavanagh will be briefed by Geoffrey Malafsky of Phasic Systems who will share his company’s tested methodology for capturing and managing the business and process logic that run today’s data-driven organizations. He’ll demonstrate how a “don’t say no” approach to entity definitions can dissolve previously intractable disagreements, opening the door to clear, verifiable operational intelligence.



Robin Bloor and Birst

Enabling Flexible Governance for All Data Sources

All the effort that goes into data governance can quickly be lost if effective guard rails aren’t in place. However, end users invariably need additional data sets in order to get a complete picture of what’s happening. All too often, some or all of those additional data sources have not yet run the gauntlet of governance. Striking a balance between core and contextual data can help ensure that your business stays on top of opportunities without straying from the path. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor, who will explain the nuances of integrating governed and ungoverned data in ways that business users can easily leverage. He’ll be briefed by Brad Peters of Birst who will demonstrate how managed data mashups can provide the kind of flexibility and agility that can lead to valuable insights. He’ll explain how Birst’s architecture can significantly lighten the load on IT without sacrificing data integrity, security or governance. 


Mike Ferguson and Alteryx

The New Normal: Predictive Power on the Front Lines

Today’s savvy organizations know that a streamlined approach to data and applications can put the power of predictive analytics right where it needs to be: in the hands of the user. Sure, training is still required, but a real revolution is underway for the graphic design of such user interfaces. Central to this overhaul of design is the concept of intelligent, simple workflow, which enables users to get things done in an orderly fashion.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear analyst Mike Ferguson of Intelligent Business Strategies as he explains why interface design and workflow must go hand-in-hand. He will be briefed by Matt Madden of Alteryx, who will tout his company’s predictive platform, a solution that leverages an array of traditional and Big Data analytics applications, designed for problem solvers and decision makers. Madden will also provide several customer use cases that demonstrate the new normal in predictive analytics. 


Robin Bloor and ParAccel

Two Keys to Analytic Success: Cooperation, Collaboration

Experienced analysts know there is no single platform that can handle all types of analytic processing efficiently. Invariably, data-driven organizations will use a variety of engines to refine their raw data into usable insights. There are several down sides to this heterogeneity, not the least of which is poor collaboration. But that’s starting to change, as many companies focus on creative ways to foster analytical cooperation.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor explain why collaboration in the design and use of analytical applications can have wide-ranging impacts on an organization. He’ll be briefed by John Santaferraro of ParAccel, who will tout his company’s Cooperative Analytic Processing Architecture, designed to perform sophisticated deep analytics on large amounts of data quickly. CAPA can orchestrate the processing power of other engines in its ecosystem, including data warehouses and Hadoop implementations.



Colin White and Composite Software

Empowering the Business with Agile Analytics

The modern business analyst needs data from all over the place: yes, the data warehouse, but also the Web, big data, production systems, as well as via partners and vendors. In fact, the typical analyst spends more than 50% of the time chasing data, which slows delivery of analytic insights and limits the time available for thorough analysis. Some practitioners refer to this conundrum as “the data problem.”

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Colin White of BI Research as he explains why analytical sandboxes and data hubs can be an analyst’s best friend. He’ll be briefed by Bob Eve of Composite Software who will discuss his company’s mature data virtualization platform, which includes a number of capabilities that help organizations leverage agile analytics. He will discuss why time-to-insight is fast becoming the battle cry of analysis-driven organizations. 



Robin Bloor and SQLstream

Windows of Opportunity: Big Data on Tap

Most business opportunities are moving targets these days, rendering static analytical solutions rather ineffective. Instead, organizations need technologies that enable a much bigger picture, complete with multiple data streams that can be combined to show what’s happening in real-time. And increasingly, companies need to analyze both traditional structured data as well as Big Data, including machine-generated data from all manner of enterprise systems.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor explain how a confluence of market forces has opened the door to a new analytical paradigm, one in which companies can leverage a vast array of data streams to pinpoint windows of opportunity as or even just before they appear. Bloor will be briefed by Damian Black of SQLstream, who will discuss his company’s analytical platform, which enables the management of dynamic information assets in much the way that traditional databases do for stored assets. 



Lyndsay Wise and Tableau Software

Connecting the Dots with Data Mashups

While Big Data continues to grab headlines, most information managers know there are many more “small” data sets that are becoming more valuable for gaining insights. That’s partly because business users are getting savvier at mixing and matching all kinds of data, big and small. One key success factor is the ability create compelling visualizations that clearly show patterns in the data.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst Lindsay Wise share insights about best practices for designing data visualization mashups. She’ll be briefed by Ellie Fields of Tableau Software who will demonstrate several different business use cases in which such mashups have proven critical for generating significant business value.