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News: April 2011

Industry and product news on CRM, Business Intelligence, ERP, supply chain management, and other enterprise applications. - Archive for April 2011

Microsoft Demos PowerPivot Business Intelligence with Calendar Analytics

The Microsoft Business Intelligence team is offering a free download of Calendar Analytics, a new PowerPivot time management application.

Why Half of Business Intelligence Users Are Dissatisfied

A new survey indicates that users blame a lack of IT resources for business intelligence woes.

BI Getting More Social

I've long thought that business intelligence and social technologies were made for each other. Last January I wrote about BI and …

Oracle Sees HR Software, CRM Catching On In the Cloud as Fusion Apps Launch

With Oracle's Fusion Applications beginning to roll out, CRM and HR software garner the most interest from cloud customers.

Epsilon Bolsters Its Marketing Business with Aspen Acquisition

Alliance Data's Epsilon Business will acquire Aspen Marketing, upping its position in automotive, telecom and financial services marketing.

Infor, Lawson Create Top Three ERP Vendor with Merger

Infor and Lawson Software have made their merger official, creating the third-largest ERP vendor after SAP and Oracle.

Open Source Activiti BPM Software Released

The Activiti Project is a new Apache-licensed open source business process management (BPM) platform.

Iron Speed Makes Web App Development Easy

Iron Speed claims to save users hundreds of hours of web application development time with its Designer database and reporting application …

Cisco Sees Strong Growth in Social Media Call Center Software

Cisco is reporting strong growth in its social media call center solutions just a few months after their launch.

Maximizer CRM Live Offers Quick Deployment as Cloud-Based Solution

The new online CRM offering consolidates contacts, business communications and forecasts without the need for a complex hardware …

SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Lead Business Intelligence Market

Strategic business intelligence projects returned in 2010, sending the BI market past the $10 billion mark.

Oracle Adds Financial Reporting, Compliance to Enterprise Performance Management

The latest version of Oracle EPM helps organizations manage complex financial reporting and compliance tasks.

Gartner: BI Spending Grows 13.4 Percent in 2010

It seems companies turn to business intelligence to give them a competitive edge in a still-shaky economy. Enough of them did it last year …

MicroStrategy Business Intelligence 9.2 Offers Visual Insight

New features help business users explore data from across the enterprise to quickly find answers to business questions without the need for …

Panorama Social Business Intelligence Platform Puts Focus on Relevancy

The Necto Business Intelligence (BI) platform introduces the concept of true relevancy.

MicroStrategy Software Update Promotes Insight-as-a-Service

I think the whole "as a service" phrase has jumped the shark as I was quick to tell a Verizon representative who recently walked …

Microsoft Begins Public Beta of Office 365

As if more than 10,000 beta testers weren't enough for its upgraded online services, how about millions?

IBM Unveils Unified Business Process Management (BPM) Platform

IBM has unveiled new software and services aimed at helping organizations transform their business processes.

QlikTech Sees Mobile Business Intelligence Moving to HTML5 Browsers

Mobile business intelligence has evolved from browser-based clients to native apps — and back.

Oracle Adds Supply Chain Management, Financials to PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft 9.1 is shaping up to be Oracle's most successful PeopleSoft release.