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Wayne Eckerson

Making Sense of SaaS BI: The Pros and Cons of Moving BI to the Cloud

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues to gain adoption in the BI marketplace, thanks in large part to the speed with which it delivers ROI. Whether upgrading from a complex collection of spreadsheets or augmenting an existing BI deployment, those considering SaaS BI will do well to understand its pros and cons. This Webinar will dispel some of the misconceptions about SaaS and present a framework to help explain how and where its strengths and weaknesses come into play.

Wayne Eckerson


Philip Russom

Leveraging Open Source in a Down Economy, from Databases to Data Integration Tools

The current economic downturn has a lot of IT people and their business sponsors taking another look at open source software tools. On the one hand, the extreme low cost of open source software gets everyone’s attention, especially in organizations whose IT budgets are frozen or cut. On the other hand, open source has a number of compelling benefits, like low risk, the option to try before buying, creative financing, minimal footprint in deployment, a community of peer developers to collaborate with, and technical support from vendors.LINUX has led the way, proving that open source software can ably handle enterprise requirements for scalability, reliability, and rich feature functionality. More recently, other categories of open source software have risen to the enterprise challenge, namely open source database management systems (DBMSs), data integration (DI) tools, and business intelligence (BI) tools. This Webinar spells out the economic and technical reasons why your organization should take another look at open source DBMS and DI products, as well as use cases in which these tools are increasingly applied with success.

Philip Russom


Philip Russom

Data Warehouse Appliances: An Update on the State of the Art

Many users are interested in data warehouse appliances (DWAs), because of their low cost, ease of deployment, and perky query performance. But users are not sure what the best uses of DWAs are or whether they are mature enough to adopt. After all, the DWA – as a new type of data warehouse platform – is still evolving, and therefore is difficult to track. This Webinar is an update on the state of the art in DWAs, to help users understand the best uses, evolutionary direction, leading products, and maturity of DWAs.

Philip Russom


Wayne Eckerson

Leveraging BI to Create New Value in the Downturn

What are Business Intelligence strategies and solutions that may help companies not just survive, but thrive during the economic downturn? The current climate has caused a crisis of confidence for all areas of the business – but smart companies and teams are taking their opportunities to gain a new competitive advantage in customer retention and service, maximize revenue opportunities, and reduce risk exposure.

Wayne Eckerson


Fast Track your Data Warehouse

Learn the Tricks of the Trade necessary to Fast Track your Data Warehouse initiatives. These include addressing project scope, information integration problems, streamlining requirements gathering and model design, and accelerating the development process for information integration. Join Claudia Imhoff in a live webcast to discuss how to avoid cost overruns, and project delays by delivering the trusted information to the business resulting in enhanced operational insight, and a data warehouse that can be more responsive to future requirements.

Claudia Imhoff


Wayne Eckerson

How to Make Ad Hoc BI a Reality for Non-technical Users

Usage rates for BI tools have nudged up from 18 percent three years ago to 24 percent today, according to TDWI Research. This abysmally low percentage accounts for most of an organization’s power users and a handful of very determined non-technical users. What can you do to make BI easier and therefore more pervasive and relevant in your organization? Given the pervasiveness of enterprise search and its ease-of-use, many wonder if search offers a revolutionary new approach to end-user data access. Some believe that search, with its familiar and simple keyword interface, is the next generation ad hoc query tool. Others see a role for search in helping guide users to relevant information within reports and data repositories and integrating diverse data sets on the fly without need for traditional data integration. This Webinar will examine the core technologies at play and show how search-driven information access can make BI accessible and acutely relevant to the remaining 80 percent of employees who have yet to become active users.

Wayne Eckerson


Wayne Eckerson

Game Changing Technology: Accelerating Query Performance via High Performance Analytical Platforms

The last two years have seen an explosion of new database and appliance technologies to accelerate query performance for decision support applications. These new technologies promise to open up new possibilities for the kinds of applications and ad hoc access that BI teams can offer to their most data-hungry users. This session will examine the playing field for new query acceleration technologies—including appliances, columnar databases, high-performance clusters, and in-memory analytics to name a few—and outline how they enable organizations to move beyond general reporting to true, interactive analytics.

Wayne Eckerson


Wayne Eckerson

Closing the Loop in a Consolidated BI World: Evaluating Packaged BI Applications

Now that major applications vendors have acquired the leading BI players, it's time to reassess the validity of packaged analytic applications. When a single vendor manages both operational and analytical processes, there are many opportunities to tighten integration between the two and accelerate the deployment of analytical capabilities. Applications vendors can embed BI into core operational applications and, conversely, use analytics to update operational systems. This Webinar will examine the past, present, and future of packaged analytic applications and help you evaluate when it makes sense to buy an analytic solution in today's consolidated world of enterprise software – and when it makes more sense to build one.

Wayne Eckerson


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