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  Product News published in DM Direct Newsletter
January 13, 2006 Issue
  By DM Review Editorial Staff

Wilbur-Ellis Company Expands Deployment of MicroStrategy for Financial Reporting

Wilbur-Ellis Company, a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural and industrial products, is expanding its deployment of MicroStrategy for financial reporting. Wilbur-Ellis Company, with sales exceeding $1.47 billion in 2004, distributes products through outlets in North America and Asia.

Wilbur-Ellis has been using MicroStrategy for operational reporting and is now expanding its deployment to include MicroStrategy Report Services for financial reporting and analysis. With MicroStrategy Report Services, Wilbur-Ellis users will have access to key financial information to provide visibility into their financial operations. MicroStrategy Report Services delivers reports via the Web and users can create high quality reports with formatting flexibility. Reports created with MicroStrategy Report Services can be easily deployed to thousands of users, with each user receiving a personalized version of each report.

"With our multinational marketing and distribution networks, retail centers, and warehouses located throughout North America and the Pacific Rim, we needed a consolidated view of our financial operations," said Jerry Coupe, CIO of Wilbur-Ellis. "MicroStrategy Report Services will enable us to analyze financial information and share it with key personnel to make data-driven decisions to enhance our financial performance."

General Medical Council Selects Siebel Public Sector as the Core Business System to Support Ongoing Reform Program

The General Medical Council (GMC) has standardized on Siebel Public Sector for its case management platform. The official regulator of the UK medical profession will deploy Siebel Public Sector as the core business system to support its ongoing reform program. The program will help the GMC in its mission to safeguard the highest standards of medical ethics, education, and practice in the interests of patients, the public, and the medical profession.

"The GMC is currently implementing the most comprehensive and wide-ranging reform of medical regulation since it was established in 1858, and Siebel Public Sector is playing a key role in that process," said Dave Anson, Head of Information Systems, General Medical Council. "The GMC intends to use Siebel Public Sector as its primary case management system, consolidating data concerning doctors, complaints, investigations, hearings, and medical school audits across multiple data sources and automating aspects of case workflow. This will provide the GMC with the capability to realize its vision and ambition in regulating doctors and ensuring good medical practice."

In the past three years, the GMC has undergone significant changes to improve all internal processes associated with monitoring and determining a doctor's overall fitness to practice. A new single system will support the introduction of new processes and the management of existing key processes, such as registering doctors, investigating complaints, managing hearings, auditing medical schools, and examining overseas doctors. A key aspect of the GMC's information strategy is to provide access to some of its information for a variety of external audiences through Internet portals. While the GMC has already made significant strides in this direction, Siebel Public Sector will enable the GMC to enhance this capability, introducing electronic interaction with doctors, pharmacists, health sector employers, the general public and other interested parties.

Shanghai Stock Exchange Selects Teradata for Its Data Warehouse Phase Two Project

The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) has selected Teradata for the second phase of its enterprise data warehouse project. After successfully working with Teradata to complete the first phase of its operational data store consolidation, SSE is working with Teradata to build an enterprise-wide decision support system based upon the Teradata Warehouse. The project, a Dimension Data Store for application analysis and data warehouse management, began in 2004 and is on track to be completed by end of this year. At the conclusion of the second phase of the project, SSE will be able to increase its information sharing, improve operational efficiency and provide value-added services through a unified platform.

"Building the enterprise data warehouse is the first step. Our ultimate goal is to utilize the Teradata Warehouse platform to develop more products, reduce operational risks, improve our monitoring capability and continuously provide additional information services," said Bai Shuo, chief technology officer, Shanghai Stock Exchange.

The outcome of the project's second phase will be a single view of the enterprise, advanced metadata management and application, a complete data warehouse management architecture, and structured and nonstructured data application.

With the implemented data mining solution on top of the data warehouse, SSE is expecting to improve its information technology, decision support, market monitoring and its ability to serve customers, which in turn will help with product innovation. As one of SSE's three major projects, the enterprise data warehouse will integrate with the next generation of securities trading systems, new Web sites, a third-generation surveillance system and other systems to form a new information technology infrastructure.

SHPS to Improve Healthcare While Reducing Client Costs with SAS

SHPS, a leading provider of Integrated Health Management services, helps employers, third party administrators, health plans, hospitals and government agencies improve the quality of healthcare while minimizing patient and client costs. The company recently turned to SAS, the leader in business intelligence, for a single solution that can help SHPS fully analyze trends in member health and client care.

"Our Integrated Health Management services drive down healthcare costs by bringing together everything from benefit eligibility and enrollment of members to disease management and disability management," said Keith Stoneback, president of healthcare services at SHPS. "This unique approach to healthcare management demands a single, powerful software platform that can help us determine the most effective courses of treatment and communicate our plans and results to our clients. That's why we chose SAS."

Because the rising cost of healthcare now tops employers' concerns, SHPS saw the need to provide clients more detailed, sophisticated analyses of the factors affecting their expenses, as well as to offer frequent progress reports on SHPS' strategies and results. To accomplish this, SHPS sought a single platform that could perform sophisticated analyses and then deliver the results through a business intelligence portal that provides operational reports and the ad hoc query and reporting needed by non-technical software users.

SHPS will use SAS Enterprise BI Server to link analysis and reporting through a single platform for information access and delivery, while SAS Enterprise Miner will provide the engine for advanced analysis of SHPS' data. With the assistance of Zencos Consulting, SHPS will implement all server-side software on servers provided by Sun, a strategic partner with SAS since 1989.

Labatt Improves Corporate Performance with Kalido-Powered Business Intelligence

Labatt Breweries of Canada has successfully deployed a corporate-wide Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) program, based on the KALIDO application suite (KALIDO). Labatt selected Kalido's software for its ability to rapidly develop an enterprise-scale data warehouse, to handle complex data and to easily support future changes. As a result of the EBI program, Labatt has achieved faster, more accurate business reporting and analysis, improved business intelligence and enhanced corporate performance management.

Labatt, part of InBev, the world's largest brewer by volume, launched the EBI program to gain consistent, detailed business insights in a very rich data environment with multiple internal and external data sources along with a diverse set of business processes, infrastructures and data standards. Powered by a KALIDO enterprise data warehouse, the EBI program enables department decision makers across Labatt - including finance, marketing, sales, supply chain and the executive team - to answer business-critical questions quickly and effectively throughout organizational change.

Executives and managers can now access detailed, actionable information about customers as well as brand, channel and geographic performance, enabling them to better compare the performance against key performance metrics and financial plans. This enhanced business intelligence has already improved visibility and consistency in metrics, management information and planning across the organization.

Jonathan Starkey, enterprise business intelligence technology and data manager, Labatt Breweries of Canada, explains: "Executive decision-makers at Labatt are aiming to drive costs out of the business and to make processes more efficient. They do not have time to wait for systems to be redesigned to reflect change in the business. KALIDO adapts to change quickly and cost-effectively, and enables us to keep reporting aligned with the business as it changes."

NASA Selects Composite Software for Prototyping EII Applications

NASA is using its award-winning Composite Information Server (CIS) 3.6 in the space agency's Systems Health Information Portal (SHIP) concept prototype for the International Space Station (ISS). SHIP is a prototype enterprise software system that provides integrated information to flight control teams that monitor and maintain the ISS as it supports astronauts in earth orbit. Composite's CIS 3.6 is on-demand, integration software that gives fast and broad access to distributed data stored in disparate locations and applications, delivering this information as a single view.

"The Composite Information Server is a key component of Problem Reporting and Corrective Action Analysis, a prototype SHIP application," explained Ronald Mak, senior computer scientist and enterprise architect contracted by NASA from the University of California at Santa Cruz to design and implement SHIP. "Whenever an anomaly occurs on the ISS, the onboard astronauts and the ground support team need to find all related data, and then quickly and reliably analyze the fault, determine its cause, and recommend a fix. By using CIS and the graphical Composite Studio, we can configure access to the data sources, specify automatic data conversions, and create joins between views. This is all part of the transformation of disparate data into useful, integrated information, and ultimately into knowledge bases of fault analyses, prognostications and corrective procedures."

The data used by the ground support team is in different formats and housed in a variety of sources, such as database repositories, file archives and sensor data streams. The Composite Information Server accesses these different data sources, and presents all the information in uniform, tabular views that are easy to analyze. This will allow the technical teams to quickly and easily find interrelationships, which are important for problem solving. Rick Alena, a computer engineer at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. and who leads the SHIP development team, works with the Space Station Avionics Office to develop new applications for vehicle operations support. "Using Station as a test bed for new vehicle management tools allows us to build rapid prototypes and deploy them at Johnson Space Center in Houston for evaluation by avionics software developers, flight controllers and flight engineers," said Alena.


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