Get your company's research in the hands of targeted business professionals.
Business Intelligence is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, providing access to, and analyzing data for the purpose of helping enterprise users make better business decisions. The term implies having a comprehensive knowledge of all of the factors that affect your business. It is imperative that you have an in depth knowledge about factors such as your customers, competitors, business partners, economic environment, and internal operations to make effective and good quality business decisions. Business intelligence enables you to make these kinds of decisions.
A forward-looking CMDB does more than keep an organization's IT operations running. It draws clear connections between IT components and business services, which is the core of Business Service Management (BSM). But even more critical than the CMDB's ability to support business as it is now, is the question of how well it will drive business innovation in the future.
ITIL provides a framework of customizable best practice initiatives that help organizations consistently deliver high-quality IT services. Effective ITIL implementation adds value to the IT infrastructure and improves business and service delivery.
Aligning IT and business perspectives requires the ability to create links between configuration information in the CMDB and the business service as experienced by the user. Service Dependency Mapping (SDM) products automate the process of creating and maintaining these links.
Targeted at IT executives responsible for both the financial and ultimate project oversight of an enterprise CMDB initiative, this white paper sets expectations for ROI calculations for CMDB initiatives, provides basic ROI best practices, and gives readers sufficient insight to move forward with their CMDB project.
Case Study Published By: Vertica
Published Date: Jul 23, 2008
Read how Comcast, the largest cable communications company in the U.S., is using Vertica Analytic DBMS able to quickly collect and analyze data being generated by millions of network devices to ensure quality of service and accuracy of capacity planning to ensure a consistently good customer experience.
White Paper Published By: Burton Group
Published Date: Jul 07, 2008
Data modeling has evolved from an arcane technique for database designers into an entire family of interrelated techniques that serves many constituencies, including techno-phobic business stakeholders and users. The new maturity of modeling tools and techniques arrives in the nick of time, because new technical and regulatory realities demand that enterprises maintain scrupulous awareness of their data and how it is used. Data modeling is no longer for databases only, no longer for technologists only, and no longer optional.
Sound, responsible financial management is at the heart of business success. Download this webcast to learn more about the Microsoft solutions for financial management and business intelligence (BI) that can help you transform your business into a high-performance workplace. We describe how Microsoft business solutions are designed to help you work more efficiently by focusing on the tasks that add the most value to your business and enable you to make more informed decisions based on timely, accurate information.
In this webcast, we discuss how companies excel when they empower their people to drive the business forward. While strategies, organization, motivation, and leadership all set the stage for business success, you also have to give your people the right tools, information, and opportunities to see results—because ultimately success is determined by your people. Learn why we call a business that fosters a winning environment a "people-ready business."
The people in your organization have access to volumes of information that was once unimaginable. Success or failure can hinge on whether or not people can use this information to make wise decisions quickly. But without the ability to make sense of information, a knowledge gap exists, and the best anyone can do is guess or follow a hunch. Business intelligence helps you decipher and extract meaning from data so you can make informed decisions.
As IT evolves towards a more business-aligned position, it must seek out new ways of working that support more effective operations, service creation, and service delivery. These include technologies, processes, and a culture that supports higher levels of accountability, as well as more dynamic responsiveness to business needs.
White Paper Published By: SAP
Published Date: May 14, 2008
As information flows more freely in the business world, decisions need to be made quicker and based on sturdier data. The analytical capability that was once reserved for large enterprises has now permeated the world of Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) and provided a solid foundation of visibility into what really matters to these companies.
Case Study Published By: Extensis
Published Date: May 04, 2008
With a library of thousands of on- and off-line slides growing by 1,200 new images monthly, chaos was spreading like a disease in The Pathology Department at Oregon Health & Science University. Until they found the perfect solution to help them organize, track and access their image library - Portfolio Server.
In order to provide high quality, cost effective business services in complex, distributed environments, improved IT management strategies are required. Business Service Management (BSM) is a strategic approach to managing IT services in support of improved business performance.
This white paper will provide a road map to the most effective strategies and technologies to protect data and provide fast recovery should data be lost or corrupted due to accident or malicious action.
White Paper Published By: Oco, Inc.
Published Date: Apr 18, 2008
The business intelligence (BI) “boom” of the 1990s was something BIG: big projects designed to give big companies with big budgets a competitive advantage. And while BI delivered big returns for some companies, for others it was nothing but a big headache. An estimated 50% of all data warehousing projects failed to meet their goals. Why? Because many companies underestimated just how big an undertaking BI really was.
Business Service Management (BSM) is of growing importance in the IT world. By managing IT systems according to the business services they support - like order entry, online sales, shipping, or customer service - IT is able to deliver on real business goals like providing competitive advantage, improving customer satisfaction, driving revenue growth, and increasing shareholder value.
White Paper Published By: IBM
Published Date: Mar 28, 2008
We live and work in a fast-moving and dynamic world, caught between a host of conflicting demands on our time and attention. Against this backdrop we’re called on to boil an ocean of information in order to support the decisions that we have to make on an hour-by-hour basis.
We all have an intuitive idea of what an event is. However, when it comes to the use of the term "event" within a business context then it is easy to get confused. This papers seeks to explain what events are, whey they are important to your business, and what the options are for processing and managing these events (depending on their type and volume).
White Paper Published By: Extensis
Published Date: Mar 07, 2008
The Photography Department at The National Gallery of London wanted to give other Gallery departments better visibility into its archived library of images and reduce the administrative workload for its photographers. Read how Portfolio Server and Portfolio SQL-Connect painted the perfect solution to this challenge.
Because business success is tightly fused with technology, IT costs are rising, and this trend is expected to continue. As a result, businesses are demanding that IT be more than a static resource. IT is expected to deliver business results with a measurable contribution to the organization's bottom line.
White Paper Published By: IBM
Published Date: Feb 08, 2008
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Discover the three key reasons how enterprise IT dashboards can deliver highly valuable information to your organization in an easy to use format and provide simple processes that will turn dashboard data into actionable IT decisions.
White Paper Published By: Cognos
Published Date: Jun 19, 2007
The Performance Manager, Proven Strategies for Turning Information into Higher Business Performance, strengthens the partnership between decision-makers and the people who provide the information that drives better decisions. It suggests 42 decisions areas, or information sweet spots, to help you understand your data, plan, and monitor your performance.
White Paper Published By: Cognos
Published Date: Jun 19, 2007
This paper looks at research into the link between visual perception and understanding, and translates the findings into practical techniques that you can use to communicate more clearly with your data.