Analyzing Data in the Cloud

I had an interesting chat with Roman Stanek, CEO of Good Data last week about the debate over data security and reliability in the cloud.  For those of you who are not familiar with Good Data, it provides a collaborative business analytics platform as a SaaS offering. The upshot of the discussion was something like … Continue reading Analyzing Data in the Cloud

Premise vs. Premises in the Cloud

With all of the research I’ve been doing for our latest book:  Cloud Computing for Dummies, I’ve noticed something very disturbing.  Maybe it’s because I come from a telecommunications background, that this bothers me so much – but has anyone else noticed that people are misusing the word premise when describing aspects of the cloud?  … Continue reading Premise vs. Premises in the Cloud

2009 Text Analytics Survey

 Several weeks ago, in preparation for the Text Analytics Summit, I deployed a short survey about the state of text analytics.  I supplemented the end-user survey with vendor interviews.   Here are some of the end-user findings.  First, a few words about the survey itself and who responded to the survey. I wanted to make the … Continue reading 2009 Text Analytics Survey

The Three C’s – conceptual search, clustering, and categorization

  I recently had the opportunity to speak with Richard Turner, VP of Marketing, at Content Analyst.  Content Analyst was originally part of SAIC and spun out about 5 years ago.  The company provides content management, eDiscovery, and content workflow solutions to its clients - primarily as an OEM solutions. The tool set is called … Continue reading The Three C’s – conceptual search, clustering, and categorization

Text Analytics meets Enterprise Content Management ‘Round 2– IBM Content Analyzer

Why? How? These are key questions that business people ask a lot. Questions such as, “Why did our customer retention rate plummet?” or “How come our product quality has declined?” or even “How did we end up in this mess?” often cannot be answered using structured data alone. However, there is a lot of unstructured … Continue reading Text Analytics meets Enterprise Content Management ‘Round 2– IBM Content Analyzer

Sales metrics that matter

Sales are a critical component of what makes a company tick and metrics that measure sales performance are used by many organizations. Some companies track sales by category and examine pipeline metrics, sales metrics and win loss ratios. However, while companies may have metrics in place, this doesn’t mean that they are tracking the right … Continue reading Sales metrics that matter

IBM and the Smarter Planet

I was at the IBM software analyst meeting this past week and got the opportunity to hear about IBM's impressive new initiative called Smarter Planet.  This is big, bold stuff; perhaps even bigger than the company's eBusiness initiative.   The idea behind the effort is to use technology to make the world smarter. What does this … Continue reading IBM and the Smarter Planet

Four Questions about Innovations in Analysis

Several weeks ago, Hurwitz & Associates deployed a short survey entitled, “Four questions about innovations in analysis”.  Well, the results and they are quite interesting!   THE SURVEY   First, a few words about the survey itself and who responded to the survey.   We wanted to make the survey short and sweet.  We were … Continue reading Four Questions about Innovations in Analysis

Text Analytics Meets Enterprise Content Management

Late last summer, Hurwitz & Associates published a report on Text Analytics.  As part of the report we surveyed companies that had deployed the technology, were planning to deploy the technology, or had no plans to deploy text analytics.  We asked companies planning to deploy text analytics solutions whether they planned to integrate it with … Continue reading Text Analytics Meets Enterprise Content Management

Best Practices on the road to Enterprise-wide MDM

I recently had an interesting discussion with Ravi Shankar, Director of Product Marketing at Siperian, about emerging best practices for enterprise-wide MDM initiatives.  Siperian provides MDM hubs for large companies across a number of industries.  Now, I have noted before that MDM is a complex undertaking that needs to be thought about at a strategic … Continue reading Best Practices on the road to Enterprise-wide MDM