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Looking Back on 2011 Predictions

At the beginning of 2011, I made 5 predictions in terms of Business Intelligence trends for the year and I thought it would be interesting to look back on the year and see how those predictions turned out. So here goes : Prediction 1: Visual Dashboards will remain dominant as ...

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Playing Games at SAP TechEd 2011

This year’s SAP TechEd held in the world’s capital of gaming – Las Vegas – got off to an aptly appropriate start with a keynote presentation from Dr. Jane McGonigal entitled “Gamification” explaining how inventing new work and business practices based around games that engage employees, customers and vendors in ...

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Regional BO Crystal User Groups Alive and Thriving

In the last two months, I have attended three regional independent BusinessObjects and Crystal User Group Meetings that have simply been amazing both in terms of their content and user participation. One was in Pennsylvania, one in Michigan and one in Arizona. Each one had between 50 to 70 attendees, ...

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The Case of the Missing BI

I read a fascinating article about a theft at a major hospital in Manhattan that I thought would make an interesting case for the ROI of BI… The theft was in the range of $1.2 million to $3.8 million USD and the thief almost got away with it!  If you ...

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To BI 4.0 or Not?

As SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 is finally about to move into general availability status, there is mixture of excitement tempered with caution amongst both customers and consultants alike. It is undoubtedly a major new release of the long and successful BusinessObjects product suite. It includes a new semantic layer and ...

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