Business Week published a Special Report entitled "The Ceo Guide to Business Intelligence". The report discusses how BI is helping to reduce costs at Brinker International and Welch's and reduce fraud and wasted time at IMV Projects and Best Buy. We also get a nice little commentary about how data is transformed into useful information citing health care as an example. Overall, a high level piece directed to those less familiar with BI, but it's good to see that BI is being looked to in troubling economic times.
Another example of how BI is being seen as a way out of the recession can be found at TechNewsWorld (republished from CRM Buyer). Some good points are made here about increasing volumes of data and how companies are struggling to turn it into useful insights. Yet, the answer is better business intelligence, getting better information to decision makers more quickly.
Following along the same line, here's an article on Supply and Demand Chain Executive discussing Performance Management applications and how CPM/BI is more important than ever.
Doug Henschen, editor of Intelligent Enterprise, talks about executive priorities and refers to a white paper recently published by IE entitled "Attitudes And Imperatives: Intelligent Enterprise Reader Priorities Survey 2009". This report presents a number of opportunities for information management but is also a warning that we need to continue to improve our methods and technologies. I have some additional thoughts around this that I will cover in a separate entry.
Among other news: Netezza announced strong results for Fiscal 2008 and 1Q2009. Vertica unveiled a virtualized appliance for VMWare. And from the WTF file...IBM adds data warehouse features to Informix?