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RIM Gets the Gist (of Social Media)
The recent acquisition of Gist by BlackBerry developer Research In Motion (RIM) prompted this TEC water cooler information session between TEC's Managing Editor

dashboard google  you see in your dashboard is also controlled by the options you select when you create your contacts. By default, they all show in the list with all their news. You can use a tag for all people imported from Twitter for instance, but you still need to filter further by adding new tags or setting different levels of importance for your contacts. DC : OK, I get it now. So why has RIM acquired this application? GG : There are two main reasons, in my opinion. The first is general consolidation in the social

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BI Hits the Road III: Two Niche Vendors Considered


As I’m writing this post, more software vendors are launching their mobile business intelligence (BI) solutions. So I’ve decided to hurry up and start talking about the vendors that are shaping the mobile BI space. In this installment of BI Hits the Road (see Part 1 and Part 2) I will describe some of the features of two specific mobile BI solutions offered by a couple of vendors: Roambi from

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3 Big Trends in Data Visualization


The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. —John W. Tukey. Exploratory Data Analysis. 1977. Data visualization is core to business intelligence (BI), as it’s the means by which data is communicated to the user. Results, alerts suggestions, or even more controlled guidance—all of these elements are passed through the data visualization

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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
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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.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2009 BI Buyer’s Guide for businesses.

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New Updates from Peoplefluent


Talent management professionals may be interested in Peoplefluent's announcement today revealing newly released features that support talent development, training programs, and effective employee communication. The press release underlines a deeper integration between Peoplefluent Talent Management—performance management, career planning, leadership talent reviews, and succession planning—and

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The Guide to Google Apps Training Part Four: Advanced Security Configuration and Compliance


Google offers protection of your information with its sophisticated data and encryption centers. But now that you’ve become comfortable with the tools and basic security settings for Google Apps, you can get more in-depth and establish other security settings on your own. This next level of control allows you to review the settings for the core of Google Apps and gives you even better protection over your data with the ability to configure security parameters for associated apps.

In this Google Apps Guide, get detailed information about commonly asked questions regarding Google security topics. Learn how to set levels of calendar sharing internally and externally, how to configure and restrict collaboration capabilities of Google Docs on- and off-line, and how to execute configurations of Gmail access for mobile device management and compliance for even more protection. A step-by-step process is provided for the creation and facilitation of groups, as well as granting or revoking a user’s individual permissions for security access to third-party apps. Review, enable (or disable), and configure a series of core Google Services, including: Chrome management, Google+, Google Vault, and Google Apps Marketplace. The Google Apps Guide also describes how to enable or disable some non-core extra Google Apps.

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Has SAP Nailed Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer?


The acquisition of the formerly loyal composite applications partner Lighthammer bolsters SAP's capabilities of connectivity and visibility into manufacturing plant performance. However, it does not, at this stage, provide much added industry-specific shop-floor functionality per se.

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SAP Manufacturing-Manufacturing Intelligence Dashboards


Adaptiveness in the manufacturing sector depends on being able to push decision making to the shop floor. But that’s often easier said than done. However, manufacturing intelligence dashboards aggregate content from the full range of manufacturing systems into a single view of operations. These role-specific dashboards thus enable employees to manage manufacturing performance, and respond quickly to changes.

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Oracle Introduces New HCM and Talent Management Features


Oracle has announced new features and functionality for Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) and Oracle Talent Management Cloud, intending to support stronger performance, recruiting, and learning. The release is expected to drive user productivity, support global adoption, and deliver advanced big data insights. New enhancements to Oracle HCM and Oracle Talent Management Cloud

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Google and Microsoft Office to Meet in the Cloud


Recently, Google launched a beta version of Cloud connect for Microsoft Office. The service will provide synchronization between Google Docs and Microsoft Office documents. What this means is that users will be able to sync documents automatically from Office to Google Docs, and access the doc from anywhere by clicking a URL. What’s more interesting is that Google Docs will allow its

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NetSuite Is TEC Certified for Small Business Software


The NetSuite enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is now TEC certified for small businesses. TEC senior ERP analyst Ted Rohm previews the product, including new interface enhancements, such as progressive disclosure. Read up on some of the important NetSuite ERP functionality for your small business.

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