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Research, articles, and tips on CRM, Business Intelligence, ERP, supply chain management, and other enterprise applications.

Unlocking CRM's Data Treasure Trove

January 28, 2015

While CRM systems contain plenty of valuable data, integration issues can make it tough to use for business intelligence or analytics projects.

5 Alternatives to the Traditional Relational Database

January 23, 2015

Hadoop is a popular way of managing Big Data – but it is not the only one. Here are five alternatives to the relational database that may belong in your optimal information infrastructure.

Finance Departments Need More Advanced Analytics

January 22, 2015

Finance departments must lessen their reliance on spreadsheets and look to advanced analytics to become more strategic, experts say.

9 Business Intelligence and Analytics Predictions for 2015

January 16, 2015

What's ahead for business intelligence and data analytics in 2015?

Analyzing Big Data: General Purpose Tool or Domain-Specific App?

January 15, 2015

Will a general purpose data analytics tool or a domain-specific app help you get maximum value from Big Data? You may well need both.

10 CRM Predictions for 2015

January 12, 2015

Cloud, integration and analytics are still among the top CRM trends in 2015, experts say.

Mobile Business Intelligence: Hot, or Not?

January 8, 2015

Has adoption of mobile business intelligence stalled? Two experts have differing views.

7 Enterprise App Trends for 2015

January 6, 2015

Forget consumer apps; enterprise apps are generating real excitement in 2015.

Startup Spotlight: Qubole's Hadoop-as-a-Service

January 5, 2015

Qubole, a company founded by Facebook alumni, aims to get Hadoop into the hands of business users to give companies more Big Data opportunities.

ERP's Channel Management Blind Spot

December 29, 2014

Many ERP systems lack key channel management capabilities – a problem, given that many companies earn more than half of their annual revenues through channel partners.

Data Analysis Enables Omni-channel Marketing

December 26, 2014

Financial institutions use data analytics to improve their omni-channel marketing strategies.

Top 3 CIO Resolutions for 2015

December 22, 2014

CIOs want to ring in the New Year with better alignment between IT and business objectives, and business process automation can help.

Can Cloud Apps Make Employees Happy?

December 19, 2014

The more cloud apps employees use at work, the happier they report being with their jobs, according to a new survey.

Forget Big Data; Focus on Relevant Data

December 17, 2014

While many organizations focus on Big Data, relevant data is what really matters for marketing efforts.

Enterprises Are Leading the Way in Wearable Technology

December 12, 2014

Wearable technology is catching on more quickly in the enterprise than with consumers, largely because of the compelling business use cases.

The Down Low on Data Lakes

December 9, 2014

While data lakes can help democratize data, many experts feel they are not yet ready for prime time.

Can This Project Be Saved? Yes, with Data First Approach

December 5, 2014

A Data First approach can help organizations avoid problems common in business intelligence projects.

Business Intelligence Getting More Pervasive: BARC

December 4, 2014

New research from BARC shows that 55 percent of business intelligence users say they engage in self-service business intelligence tasks.

5 Open Source Business Intelligence Tools

December 1, 2014

Open source business intelligence tools are beginning to gain traction in the enterprise.

3 Strategies to Prepare Data for Analytics

November 26, 2014

Do not make the mistake of focusing too much on analytics without building an information management foundation to get it right.