Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gartner Study Shows BI Importance

In their "Amplify the Enterprise: the 2012 CIO Agenda," industry analyst firm Gartner surveyed over 2300 CIOs around the world and learned the importance of Business Intelligence.

Ranked fifth in importance last year, BI has bounced to the number one thing on CIOs' minds. Their top ten priorities for technologies this year are:

  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Mobile Technologies 
  • Cloud Computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) - moved down from #1 in 2011
  • Collaborative Technologies (workflow)
  • Virtualization - moved down from #2 in 2011
  • Legacy Modernization 
  • IT Management - moved down from #4 in 2011 
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • ERP Applications
  • Security 

See Gartner's report for more information. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Information Builders Re-Brands

In February of 2001, Information Builders spun off a separate company called iWay Software. The idea was that certain underlying components of the WebFOCUS BI product could be separated, re-packaged, and re-branded into a new line of integration software utilized for purposes other than business intelligence.

Eleven years later, Information Builders is rolling iWay back into its parent organization. In a sense, not much is really changing.

The stand-alone iWay Software website will disappear, but its product information will just be moved into the website. Employees who have iWay Software business cards will have to call the printer. Shirts with iWay Software logos will be saved for special internal occasions.

As part of this change, Information Builders is rebranding. They will now present their software offerings as part of a three-product framework:

WebFOCUS Intelligence
"WebFOCUS Intelligence offers easy-to-use business intelligence, analytics, and performance management capabilities to promote a proactive business culture that helps organizations gain a competitive edge."

iWay Integration 
"iWay Integration Solutions work on any platform, interoperate with proprietary technologies as well as industry standards, support more than 300 database and application adapters, and lay the foundation for a real-time, integrated enterprise."

iWay Integrity 
"iWay Integrity Solutions integrate, enrich, and transform data into relevant, timely, and usable information. Better manage data assets to cut costs, reduce risk, achieve compliance, and improve business performance."

You may wonder why Information Builders didn't just prefix all three products with "WebFOCUS" and drop the iWay moniker altogether. Their reasoning is probably similar to that of 2001; while a WebFOCUS customer may need all three components, there are also companies who would be interested in buying enterprise integration and/or data integrity tools but already have a different BI product (e.g., IBM Cognos, Business Objects, MicroStrategy, Actuate, QlikView, Pentaho, and others). There is no reason to limit the sale of these two valuable software products to just WebFOCUS customers.

Check out for more information on the new change.

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With over 20 years of industry experience, Doug Lautzenheiser has provided business intelligence services for well-known organizations such as Procter & Gamble, JPMorgan Chase, Omnicare, Wendy’s International, the State of Indiana, and the State of Oklahoma. ComputerWorld recognized one of Doug's projects with honors for innovative use of technology.  Doug is a featured blogger on BI software at Smart Data Collective.

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