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July 2003 issue of DM Review magazine

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEWEXECUTIVE INTERVIEW

Extending the Reach of Business Intelligence
As executive chairman and founder of Panorama Software, Rony Ross plays a significant role in expanding the company's global presence, leveraging her 25-plus years of industry experience and in-depth knowledge of the business intelligence industry.


FEATURE ARTICLESFEATURE ARTICLES

Using Information Assets to Deliver Bottom-Line Value
By Richard Skriletz
Most executives and managers feel burdened by too much information, yet the real problem isn't wrestling with the volumes of information that besiege us. It is finding information we can use to improve business performance when that information is hard to find.
The Future of CRM Technology
By Alyssa Dver
While CRM may seem to be an old term, there is a bright future ahead that will bring new ways to communicate, operate and strategize on how small and mid-size organizations manage their personnel, customers and prospects.
Reference Checking: The Gold Standard of Tool Selection
By Sid Adelman
The right data warehouse software is a critical success factor for every data warehouse project. Without proper reference checking, the organization has not performed the due diligence required for this important decision.
Is the Portal Dead?
By Colin White
Using examples from the recent DCI Portal Excellence Awards, White explains the role of portals in an enterprise business integration strategy. He explains how portal technology will become a key component of software suites.
Noted in Passing: The Author of a Great Idea
By Lou Agosta
Semantic Meta Data For Enterprise Information Integration
By Amit Sheth
A new concept known as semantic meta data is paving the way to finally realize the full value of information. By annotating or enhancing documents with semantic meta data, software programs can automatically understand the full context of what each document means and can make correct decisions about who should use the documents and how these documents should be used.
Text Mining Improves Business Intelligence and Predictive Modeling in Insurance
By Marty Ellingsworth and Dan Sullivan
This article describes a basic text mining technique, term extraction, and discusses how it was successfully used at Fireman's Fund to gain insights into urgent business problems. It also provides some tips that may be of value when introducing text mining to your own organization.

COLUMNSCOLUMNS

DAMA (Data Management Assocation)
DAMA Presidents Join Forces to Improve Chapters
By Theodore Kowalski

AFCOM: Data Center Management
Tackling the Looming Mainframe and Enterprise Data Center Skills Crisis
By Jill Eckhaus

Intelligent Solutions
Hey Dude ? Where's My Soda?
By Claudia Imhoff

Data Mining in Depth
Data Mining ? the Key to Data Warehouse Value
By Herb Edelstein

Knowledge Integrity
Two Sides to Data Decay
By David Loshin

The Power of Metrics
The CPM Dashboard Meets Six Sigma, Part 2
By Kent Bauer

Plain English About Information Quality
Defining and Measuring Accuracy
By Larry English

Information Management: Charting the Course
The Information Battlefield
By Bill Inmon

Enterprise Architecture View
Business Delivery For Rent
By Michael F. Jennings

Meta Data & Knowledge Management
Meta Data Management and Enterprise Architecture
By David Marco


PRODUCT REVIEWSPRODUCT REVIEWS

 

Actuate 7 Provides Single, Scalable Solution to Empower Innovent's Diverse Customers
Actuate Corporation - Actuate Information Application Platform

 

BP Relies on ADVIZOR to Collaboratively Gain Better, Immediate Insight into Complex Data
ADVIZOR Solutions, Inc. - ADVIZOR Analyst Workbench

 

Primedia Makes Business Decisions Faster with Applix's TM1
Applix, Inc. - Applix TM1

 

arcplan dynaSight Brings Speed and Consistency to Walter Industries' Financial Reporting Process
arcplan, Inc. - dynaSight

 

Toshiba America Business Solutions Uses BEA WebLogic Portal to Gain a Competitive Edge
BEA Systems, Inc. - BEA WebLogic Portal

 

BlueArc NAS Storage Systems Power High Performance Computing Systems at Penn State University
BlueArc Corporation - Si7500 SiliconServer

 

BMC Software's Space Expert for Oracle Simplifies Reorganization Capabilities for Flying J
BMC Software, Inc. - Space Expert for Oracle

 

Proactive versus Reactive Database Management for the City of Fort Collins
Bradmark Technologies - NORAD

 

Brio Performance Suite 8 Empowers Corporate Travel Managers with Travel Intelligence
Brio Software, Inc. (Acquired by Hyperion 7/03) - Brio Performance Suite

 

Web Application Log Usage Analysis
Clareos, Inc. - Clareos CrossCut

 

Pitney Bowes Tackles Data Overload with Cognos
Cognos Incorporated - Cognos BI Series

 

CA's CleverPath Aion BRE Reduces Costs and Ensures Policy Accuracy for Commerce West
Computer Associates International, Inc. - CleverPath Aion Business Rules Expert

 

American AgCredit Uses Corporate Radar's Business Intelligence Framework to Analyze Financial Data
Corporate Radar - Corporate Radar

 

CorStrategy Helps the City of Atlanta Improve Performance and Better Serve the Community
CorVu Corporation - CorStrategy.Scorecard

 

CoSORT Speeds Valdero Supply Chain Data Integration
CoSORT/IRI, Inc. - CoSORT and CoSORT Sort Control Language

 

Conseco Finance Boosts Capacity and Cuts Storage Costs with DataCore's SANsymphony
DataCore Software Corporation - SANsymphony

 

Avery Dennison Puts Its Label on a Data Management Solution
DataFlux Corporation, a division of SAS - DataFlux Data Management Solution

 

Delco Remy Unifies Worldwide Purchasing Information with DataLever
DataLever Corporation - DataLever

 

DataFuse is Householding and Geocoding Solution for BOK Financial Corp.
DataMentors, Inc. - DataFuse

 

Landstar Delivers Heightened Services with DataMirror Transformation Server
DataMirror Corporation - DataMirror Transformation Server

 

WorldTravel BTI Manages Electronic Tickets and Business Reports Throughout the Enterprise with Datawatch|ES
Datawatch Corporation - Datawatch|ES

 

Embarcadero DBArtisan Delivers Intuitive, Cross-Platform Database Administration
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. - DBArtisan

 

Data Quality Helps Drive Saab Cars USA's CRM Initiatives
Firstlogic, Inc. - Firstlogic's Information Quality Suite

 

InformEnt Enables NCFC to Measure Customer Profitability and Enhance Revenue Growth
Fiserv, Inc. - InformEnt

 

NASCAR Racing Team Stays on Track with FRx Software's Comprehensive Budget Planning Solution
FRx Software, a part of Microsoft Business Solutions - FRx Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics - Forecaster

 

Highmark Delivers Data Analysis Using Futrix OLAP Tool
Futrix Software Limited - Futrix

 

The Bonita Bay Group Increases Profitability by Projecting Internal Rate of Return in Seconds with Comshare MPC
Geac - Geac MPC

 

Avemco Insurance Flies High With Group 1 Software
Group 1 Software, a Pitney Bowes Company - Group 1's Data Quality Solutions

 

Maximum Uptime, Minimum Involvement
Hewlett-Packard Company - HP StorageWorks

 

Hyperion Essbase XTD Hits the Mark
Hyperion Solutions Corporation - Essbase XTD

 

i2 Supply Chain Collaborator Improves Forecasting for Whirlpool
i2 Technologies, Inc. - i2 Supply Chain Collaborator

 

Covarity Develops and Deploys Web Services and Other .NET Applications with IBM Rational XDE
IBM Corporation - IBM Rational XDE

 

Henry Schein Increases Visibility with Informatica's Data Integration Platform
Informatica Corporation - Informatica PowerCenter

 

Innovative and SunTrust Build a Strong Relationship for Householding Success
Innovative Systems, Inc. - i/Lytics

 

LRS Relies on Log Explorer to Recover Critical Data and Track Database Changes
Lumigent Technologies, Inc. - Log Explorer

 

Manageable SAN Helping to Keep AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters Aloft
McDATA Corporation - SANavigator and Intrepid Director

 

Quaero Validates Names and Addresses for Pharmaceutical Database
Melissa Data - Address Object

 

64-Bit Microsoft SQL Server Boosts Capacity and Performance While Slashing Costs for Market Research Provider Information Resources Inc.
Microsoft Corporation - Microsoft SQL Server

 

Quixtar Gains Insight With MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform
MicroStrategy Incorporated - MicroStrategy 7i

 

Epsilon Speeds Customer Analysis with the Netezza Performance Server
Netezza Corporation - Netezza Performance Server

 

The University of Minnesota Maximizes Database and Application Performance through LECCO DB Expert
No Company - No Product

 

Noetix Meets ERAU's Complex Reporting Needs
Noetix Corporation - Noetix Enterprise Technology Suite

 

NuTech Solutions ARROW System Delivers Routing Optimization for BB&T;
NuTech Solutions - ARROW

 

Henkel Saves More Than $1 Million and Builds Competitive Edge Using Oracle for Business Intelligence
Oracle Corporation - Oracle9i Database

 

BOARD M.I.T Delivers Speed, Simplicity and Cost-Effectiveness for Lundbeck
Orenburg USA - BOARD Management Intelligence Toolkit (M.I.T.)

 

Panorama Streamlines Decision Making for Major Distributor of Credit Card Services
Panorama Software Ltd. - Panorama NovaView BI Platform

 

Prince George's County Saves $300,000 in Annual Site Maintenance with Rhythmyx Content Management Solution from Percussion Software
Percussion Software, Inc. - Rhythmyx Enterprise Content Management

 

OneSource Integrates Extensive Business Information Repository with Data Junction
Pervasive Software - Data Junction Integration Studio

 

Plumtree-Powered myHalliburton Portal
Plumtree Software - Plumtree Corporate Portal and Collaboration Server

 

A Powerful and Adaptable Tool for Enterprise Architecture Design and Management
Popkin Software - System Architect

 

WebQL Delivers Unstructured Data in Real Time
QL2 Software, Inc. - WebQL

 

QlikView Brings Insight to Enterprise Data
QlikTech - QlikView

 

Quantum ATL M1500: Heart and Soul of Medtronic's Network
Quantum Corporation - Quantum ATL M1500 Tape Library

 

James B. Oswald Insurance Gains Better Insight Into Their Business with BlueSky Business Intelligence Portal
Relational Solutions, Inc. - BlueSky Business Intelligence Portal

 

Brother Pursues Integrated CRM Strategy with SAP to Save More than $1.6 Million Annually
SAP - mySAP CRM

 

Mining Textual Data for CRM Applications
SAS - SAS Text Miner

 

SchemaServer Provides Interoperability and Information Flow for OntologyStream
SchemaLogic Inc. - SchemaServer

 

SSA-NAME3 Assists in Fraud Detection for Insurance Bureau of Canada
Search Software America - SSA-NAME3

 

Sepracor Supports Growth with StayinFront
StayinFront, Inc. - Visual Elk and Panorama

 

Agfa Corp. Reduces Costs, Increases Productivity Using Stellent Content Management
Stellent, Inc. - Stellent Universal Content Management

 

For AFS, BladeStore Provides Dynamic, Cost-Effective, Rapid Access Storage
StorageTek Corp. - BladeStore

 

PowerDesigner is Making the Modeling Race Interesting
Sybase, Inc. - Sybase PowerDesigner

 

Backup Express Protects Student Information and School Data for Aldine Independent School District
Syncsort Incorporated - Syncsort Backup Express

 

Armenian Diaspora Uses IDM Portal to Link U.S. Business with Armenia
Synergy International Systems, Inc. - Intelligent Data Manager

 

Telelogic DOORS Gets it Right the First Time for Harris
Telelogic - Telelogic DOORS

 

Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company Squeezed Processing Time and Improved Accuracy in its Data Warehouse with TIDAL
TIDAL Software - TIDAL Enterprise Scheduler

 

VERITAS NetBackup Keeps USi Safe as it Grows
VERITAS Software Corporation - VERITAS NetBackup DataCenter

 

Richmond Takes Advantage of Rapid Data Warehousing with WhereScape RED
WhereScape Software Limited - WhereScape RED



From the Publisher

Dear Readers,

There are a significant number of trends that are evident as we continue to recover from difficult economic times. One of these trends is in the area of consolidation.

Most corporations today have a tremendous amount of capacity. This capacity can only be mitigated in two ways ? reduce it or increase its utilization. With the current push toward real-time business intelligence and the ability to respond quickly to customer demands, some of this excess capacity will be absorbed. The government is also assisting by requiring greater compliance in numerous areas with legislation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Patriot Act which will require companies to invest in an infrastructure that can provide the required information on a timely basis.

The other way to attack capacity is by reducing it. The number of servers, storage devices and databases currently deployed can be reduced through consolidation. A multitude of systems that support a single function can be replaced by one system that supports multiple functions. This would provide a central point of control for easier and less time-consuming administration.

This is DM Review's Annual Product Review issue, containing more than 65 product reviews representing a wide cross-section of strategic business intelligence, analytic applications and data warehousing solutions. All reviews are testimonials provided by customers and fellow readers who describe the problems solved by the vendors' solutions and the strengths and weaknesses they have identified through use of the products. All of the products are currently being used in a production environment, and many have improved the submitting organizations' competitive positions in the global marketplace. This issue will be an invaluable reference for you throughout the next year as you evaluate strategic products for your organization's use and address many of the challenges that will ultimately lead to greater success in this highly competitive environment.

We are pleased to announce that Jill Eckhaus, president of AFCOM, will now be providing a monthly column (see page 12). AFCOM is the premier association representing the needs of enterprise and Internet data center managers, executives and vendors around the globe.

I would like to thank all of you who participated in our annual readership survey. I encourage those who have received an invitation but haven't yet accessed the survey to take the time to complete this important research component of DM Review. This survey enables us to identify the strategic initiatives you consider vital to your enterprise and areas that you would like DM Review to cover in the year ahead.

As always, thanks for reading DM Review!




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