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Mobile: It's Still a Big Deal

March 31, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Mobile is still a big deal.

Taking a look at the latest round of capital investments from the internet giants, it’s easy to believe they’re more infatuated with self-driving cars, robots and drones that deliver packages than driving value to mobile consumers. That should leave a pretty wide open gap for businesses of all stripes to invest in meeting the needs of the mobile consumer.[read more]


It's Time to Ditch Scarcity Thinking

March 19, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

The information age has brought persons, businesses and societies elasticity, scalability, and the removal of many earlier capacity constraints. While some worldly things are physically scarce, when living in the information age, we need to retrain our minds to ditch scarcity thinking and instead embrace “sky’s the limit” abundance.[read more]


Adopting a Sucessful BOYD Implementation Strategy

February 21, 2014 by Rick Delgado

BOYD implementation strategy.

Each year, more and more companies are allowing their employees to use their own devices in the workplace. This system, known as “Bring Your Own Device”, or BOYD, poses unique opportunities as well as certain potential problems.[read more]


Now Lawyers Can Use the Cloud, Too

January 10, 2014 by Andre Bourque

A lawyer using the cloud.

I was having lunch recently with an attorney friend of mine and wanted to share a document with him. Since he already had Gmail, I suggested we just share it on Google Drive as it wasn’t sensitive data...turned out he'd never even heard of Google Drive. Storage may not be particularly glamorous, but it is what makes everything happen. And the latest cloud-on-premise, hybrid solutions can make lawyers and the like more productive with secure data.[read more]

The BI Collaboration Challenge [VIDEO]

November 20, 2013 by Lachlan James

BI.TV is your vendor agnostic fortnightly recap of global BI and analytics news.

Episode nine of BI.TV explores a series of opinions, best practice advice and research around five key analytics areas, including Collaborative BI, Dashboard design, Mobile BI delivery, Big Data uptake and engagement, and executive level reporting.[read more]

Business Intelligence and Analytics News [VIDEO]

November 6, 2013 by Lachlan James

an episode of

Welcome to BI.TV, your vendor agnostic fortnightly recap of global Business Intelligence and analytics news, views and reviews. This episode explores a range of news and opinions across multiple business analytics topic areas, including Location Intelligence, Big Data analytics, self-service BI and Mobile BI.[read more]

The Importance of Failover Connectivity in Today's Environment

September 14, 2013 by Vladimir Milanovic

Moving to the cloud means that companies are relying on their Internet link more than ever. Even though every business grade service has corresponding SLAs, these agreements specify uptime as the target, not a definite. The reason for this being, things that are out of your service provider’s control can go wrong unexpectedly, hence their inability to guarantee 100% of uptime.[read more]

3 Big Trends in Data Visualization

August 21, 2013 by Jorge Garcia

The new BI solutions give users the ability to combine disparate types of information into their analysis, associate their data with a specific location, and let them use it on the go. Done properly, these solutions can potentially boost the speed and decision power of an organization. Consider the value of these data visualization features when you build your BI software evaluation.[read more]

Financial Industry Increases Private Cloud Spending in 2013

August 16, 2013 by Thu Pham

As a Gartner market analysis reported earlier this year, cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) spending is anticipated to exceed $72 billion, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42 percent. Compared to other cloud service markets, including platform as a service (PaaS), business process as a service (BPaaS), and software as a service (SaaS), IaaS is the fastest-growing segment.[read more]

Testing the San Francisco Open Data Initiative [VIDEO]

July 18, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Open Data in SF

San Francisco’s Open Data Initiative allows the government of San Francisco to share open data with its citizens, who can use the data to develop innovative mobile apps. Adam Shaw, from BBC Horizons, tests a few of these apps while on the road in San Francisco.[read more]

Tag, Anyone?

July 16, 2013 by Erica Driver

RFID tag

The nature of data is changing. At the moment organizations gather data from many different sources including loyalty cards, machine logs, sensor arrays, and social media sentiment analysis (even if they don’t always analyze the data enough). But what about the future?[read more]


Is the Purpose of Analytics Just to Turn a Buck?

July 12, 2013 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business discussions

There are other rationales beyond “business value” for architecting and implementing an analytical infrastructure and applications. It’s time to look at the worth analytics can bring through a broader and more significant lens of improving societal value, and not just shareholder profits.[read more]

Mobile Security Critical for BI

June 21, 2013 by Roman Vladimirov

Mobile BI: hold on tight! / shutterstock

Business intelligence solutions use a company's most important data to chart the business's future course. Because tablets and smartphones are very vulnerable to data breach if devices are lost and stolen, mobile protection is vital, especially when the devices involved contain powerful programs like BI.[read more]

Will Google Glass Turn Big Data into Huge Data?

June 16, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Google Glass (Joe Seer /

Will Google Glass be successful? Only time will tell. When the time comes for products like this to become mainstream, it won’t only revolutionize the consumer electronics industry, but the back-end data processing and handling industry as well.[read more]

Bring Your Own Software


It’s become very difficult for IT to police who brings personal devices into the enterprise (never mind what people do with them). You’ve probably heard of BYOD, a trend that will surely continue. But what about bringing your own software? Is this a nascent trend about which IT has to worry?[read more]