Business Intelligence

BI is more than just corporate reporting. It's a way to improve decision making, to cut costs, and to identify new business opportunities.

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Data Discovery and Business Intelligence — Uncovering the Best Fit

    Companies have traditionally adopted business intelligence solutions to support business decision making on a consistent daily basis, bringing data from disparate systems into a common data structure or warehouse for reporting, analysis and creating analytic applications. Emerging data discovery tools have focused instead on providing data savvy users with free-form,...

    Sponsored By Birst

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Case study: 10 critical sales management reports that Salesforce.com can't generate

    Today, over 100,000 companies have come to rely on salesforce.com because everything they need to do their jobs is in one place. Or is it? While sales managers love the real-time visibility into their team’s activities so they can forecast sales with confidence, there is still an untapped goldmine sitting...

    Sponsored By Birst

  • White Papers // Jul 2013

    Business Plan Blueprint: Turn Your Dreams into Actionable Goals

    Having a solid business plan is one of the best predictors of the future success of your company, but few business owners take time to sit down and actually create a business plan. Some believe their businesses are too small to need a plan; others believe they don’t have time...

    Sponsored By ConnectWise

  • eBooks // Mar 2014

    UC to Go: Connect Your Teams With Unified Communications

    With unified communications (UC), it’s easier for mobile workers to stay connected and stay productive. The challenge is finding the best UC solution to support their work styles. Of businesses that have implemented UC, 82% report ROI met or exceeded expectations, and 70% report that the biggest benefit is “improved...

    Sponsored By Windstream Communications

  • Case Studies // Apr 2014

    Under Cloud Cover: How leaders are accelerating competitive differentiation

    According to a survey by the IBM Center for Applied Insights and Oxford Economics, business leaders are becoming increasingly focused on the business value of cloud. Although the participant’s cloud strategies differ in terms of scope, platform and delivery models, the chief takeaway from the survey is that cloud is...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • Case Studies // Apr 2014

    Case Study :Drivewyze eliminates costly IT infrastructure

    In this recently published case study, you can read about the challenges Drivewyze was facing and why they chose an IBM solution. You’ll also learn how Drivewyze eliminated the need for additional resources to manage its infrastructure, reined in IT costs with a fully managed model and increased customer satisfaction...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Super Bowl XLVIII: The Social Story

    This year the Super Bowl and all the surrounding activity just didn’t live up to the hype. The game was a blowout, the commercials were not as strong as previous years, and the broadcast was disappointing. Despite that brands found ways to engage on social channels and extend the reach...

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Empowering Modern Finance - The CFO as Technology Evangelist

    The CFO as Technology Evangelist is a research report commissioned by Oracle and Accenture, in collaboration with Longitude Research, that explores how modern CFOs and finance executives are adopting emerging technologies within their finance functions to enable the development of new capabilities and to transform the role of finance.

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    The Value of Social Data

    Social media provides a wealth of data that can tell you a lot about your brand and your consumers - providing you can effectively act upon that data. According to Digiday, ""48% of digital marketing executives say they focus 'relentlessly' on building customer insights, yet few are executing those strategies...

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud Service

    Modern organizations are under intense pressure to provide accurate, reliable, and speedy financial information to business decision-makers. Furthermore, complying with global standards has become more of a headache than ever before. How do you know if financial management in the cloud is right for you? This data sheet takes an...

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    CEO Perspectives: How HR Can Take a Bigger Role in Driving Growth

    This survey report by the Economist Intelligence Unit investigates whether the HR function is forging a close relationship with the CEO. It explores the nature of these working relationships, how they have been affected by the economic downturn and how they vary across industries and regions.

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Oct 2013

    Know What Your Customers Want Before They Do

    Webcast Summary: Today’s consumers and B2B companies only want interactions that are relevant, personalized, and based on a customer’s situation and preferences. Companies that fail to provide relevant offers will be left behind.

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Everything You Know About Sales is Wrong - Profit Magazine

    Everything You Know About Sales is Wrong. Daniel Pink, author of the book, To Sell Is Human unveils the secrets to selling - what makes sales people tick and the traits that make the best sellers successful in today’s marketplace.

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Seven Steps to Building a High-Impact Learning Culture

    Want to build a high-impact learning culture in your organization? This executive brief outlines the key steps in buildling an organizational culture that nurtures learning and helps employees live up to their fullest potential.

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    2013 Trends to Watch: Customer Experience and Interaction

    Don’t let your customers move faster than your company does with digital interactions. Migrate to the new interconnected service culture, powered by smart devices and the Web to beat the competition and satisfy customers. Read this document to see how you too can climb up to cloud level and use...

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    The New Business of Business Leaders: Hiring and Onboarding

    This paper explores the role of business leaders in driving talent management functions, specifically around hiring and onboarding challenges. It discusses how talent intelligence helps business leaders find better candidates faster, make better build/buy/rent decisions, decrease new hire time-to-proficiency, and decrease the number of new hires who quickly leave.

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Instagram Guide

    Who are the top 10 brands on Instagram, and what are their secrets to success with visuals—image and Video—in this white-hot platform? What might 12,000 likes per second mean for YOUR brand? In this PowerPoint-styled tutorial, Oracle Social Cloud (#OracleSocial) offers up break-through examples of how brands are leveraging the...

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Oct 2013

    Knowledge Management - 5 Steps to Getting It Right the First Time

    Today customers look to engage with organizations through an increasing number of channels - and expect more from every customer service and support experience. A strategically implemented knowledge management initiative for both the contact center and Web self service channels offers a powerful answer to this growing need to do...

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Business Analytics Buying Criteria: The Three Maxims.

    In this Advisory, Clabby Analytics looks more closely at the importance of implementing an integrated infrastructure — and its relationship to business analytics. The paper will examine the business analytics workloads, discuss how these workloads put different demands on the underlying systems and infrastructure, and provide guidance designing an integrated...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Jan 2014

    IBM’s System Director VMControl: Advanced Multi-Platform Virtualization Management

    For IT personnel looking to manage cross-platform workloads, IBM VMControl can provide an advanced solution. Read the white paper and learn why this technology beats the competition in terms of automated provisioning, systems integration and resource pooling. Also see how this environment offers advanced image management and higher resilience.

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Feb 2014

    Systems Engineering Best Practice: Model-based requirement analysis

    This is a paper on model based requirements analysis where best practices in using modeling for requirements analysis and how that links with requirements management is discussed.

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    IBM Rational targets engineering lifecycle management (Ovum)

    With increasing amounts of software content, the management of the systems engineering process has also proved increasingly challenging. Software, mechanical, and electrical engineers rely on their own toolsets, with the data from each tool locked away in its own repository. Lacking inter-process standards above the level of Internet protocols, most...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Make Better Decision Faster with Business Analytics on IBM Power Systems

    Watson’s success in the Jeopardy! challenge was inspiring, but the business impact of optimized systems design is just beginning. With smarter analytics solutions optimized on IBM Power Systems, you can put Watson's technology to work and ensure that you

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    ESG: IBM x3650 M4 BD: System x Server for Big Data Analytics

    The paper discusses the rise of Big Data and the importance of analytics for rapidly extracting insights from this data for improved business decisions. It outlines key market requirements for Big Data servers, & explains how the new x3650 M4 BD meet

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Power Boost Your Big Data Analytics Strategy- Exec Summary

    An executive summary by Solitaire Interglobal Ltd. (SIL) of a research study on the impact of platform selection for Big Data Analytics (BDA). In this far-reaching research based on analysis of over 31,000 BDA environments SIL examined the real-world impact on businesses that deploy big data analytics on a variety...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Smarter Analytics for Insurers - Unlevel the Playing Field with Intelligent Infrastructures

    This Frost & Sullivan provides insight on the importance of infrastructure in optimizing analytics deployment and the key advantages derived by implementing IBM analytics infrastructure solutions. Read how insurance providers, such Unipol Group, Primerica, Unum Group, and Swiss Re, are using IBM Smarter Analytics approach to be more customer centric,...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    IDC - Laying the Foundation for Successful Business Analytics Solution Deployments: The Critical Role of Hardware Infrastructure

    This IDC paper discusses the critical role of hardware infrastructure in business analytics deployments, citing best practices, the IDC's decision framework, and four client case studies - Wellpoint, Vestas, AXTEL, and Miami-Dade County. IDC's recommendation is that "infrastructure cannot — and should not — be an afterthought". Hardware infrastructure and...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Smarter Analytics for Communications Service Providers: Customer Insight from Analytics-Tuned Infrastructures

    This Frost & Sullivan provides insight on the importance of infrastructure in optimizing analytics deployment and the key advantages derived by implementing IBM analytics infrastructure solutions. Read how Communications Service Providers (CSPs), such as Sprint and Bharti, are using IBM Smarter Analytics approach to become more customer-centric, to better serve...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    An Executive Guide to Analytics Infrastructure:Imperatives for Advanced Analytics

    Infrastructure Imperatives for Advanced Analytics.Get the most information from your data. Business has never been faster and is increasingly dependent on the timely analysis of large volumes of data for strategic and operational decisions. As executives come to rely on advanced analytics, the importance of a robust IT infrastructure cannot...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    How Leaders Are Accelerating Competitive Differentiation With Cloud

    According to a survey by the IBM Centre for Applied Insights and Oxford Economics, business leaders are becoming increasingly focused on the business value of cloud. Although the participant’s cloud strategies differ in terms of scope, platform and delivery models, the primary takeaway from the survey is that cloud is...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Cost vs. ROI: Is There Value to Virtualization and Cloud Computing?

    Done correctly, organizations should gain several advantages from server virtualization and cloud computing that will improve their overall ROI: less capex spending, greater flexibility and scalability, more security options with a hybrid cloud and overall savings. Cloud computing also enables greater agility, which is difficult to quantify but can contribute...

    Sponsored By Windstream Communications

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Where is the ROI for UC?

    What’s the business case for unified communications? The majority of companies (82%) that implement a UC solution earn a positive ROI. Yet, it can be challenging to get key decision makers on board. Learn how to build a business case for UC by evaluating hard- and soft-dollar savings opportunities, exploring...

    Sponsored By Windstream Communications

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    IDC Interactive White Paper: Best Practices for Cloud Adoption

    Discover how your IT organization can become more agile by leveraging Cloud computing to its full potential. Enter a few basic details in this online tool to generate a customized IDC white paper that outlines the benefits and best practices of cloud implementation.

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    IDC White Paper: Best Practices for Cloud Adoption

    Adopting the Cloud is not a "one-off" engagement. Rather, it's a journey, spanning multiple stages of adoption. Lear about best practicies in infrastructure, process, and skill-sets as your organization embarks on it's own Cloud journey.

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Using Convergence to Simplify Mobility

    Common misconceptions about unified communications (UC) and mobility may lead IT to dismiss UC solutions, but there’s more to UC than VoIP and more to mobility than cell phones. Find out what UC really is and how it can solve a host of problems for your mobile workers, whether they...

    Sponsored By Windstream Communications

  • White Papers // Nov 2013

    Economics Remains Crucial

    IT managers and industry pundits talk a lot about performance and capacity, but those are often only replacement terms for the real issue: economics. Storage decisions are only necessary because of economics - otherwise we'd put all data in main ("storage-class") memory. With the data avalanche always looming and growing,...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • eBooks // Nov 2013

    The MDM advantage: Creating insight from big data

    To help enterprises create trusted insight as the volume, velocity and variety of data continue to explode, IBM offers several solutions designed to help organizations uncover previously unavailable insights and use them to support and inform decisions across the business. Combining the power of IBM® InfoSphere® Master Data Management (MDM)...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    The Evolution of Business Resiliency Management

    A white paper details IBM’s approach to planning, managing and executing business resilience and continuity across six defined layers of resilience. It also covers recent trends and best practices used in today’s evolving business resiliency management programs, as well as IBM’s portfolio of business continuity and resiliency services....

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Considerations for Maximizing Analytics Performance

    In this report, Philip Howard of Bloor Research compares performance capabilities of the leading business intelligence platforms. Companies studied in this comparison are IBM® (Cognos, DB2 with BLU Acceleration), SAP (BusinessObjects, HANA), Oracle (Business Intelligence, Exadata) and Microsoft (Business Intelligence, SQL Server). His conclusion: "DB2® with BLU Acceleration should not...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Mar 2014

    Why DBMs Matter More than Ever in the Big Data Era

    Big data promises valuable insights that are enticing organizations to invest in analytics and BI tools, yet many overlook the need for a DBMS that can stand up to the strain big data places on the underlying infrastructure. This ePaper explores the DBMs characteristics of most importance in a big...

    Sponsored By IBM