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VCs flash cash for Looker's SQL-on-steroids business intelligence tool

Business intelligence is the site of a new goldrush as the twin marketing totems of "big data" and "cloud" collide, creating a supernova of splashy cash for canny firms. So it is with little surprise that a BI startup headed by former Greenplum exec Frank Bien and Netscape technologist Lloyd Tabb has announced $16 million in …
Jack Clark, 13 Aug 2013
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Teradata buffs Hadoop for the biz intelligence masses

Teradata has polished Apache’s Hadoop Big Data framework for business intelligence and added new tools for quicker and easier querying of massed data. The data warehousing and BI giant has released Teradata Enterprise Access for Hadoop, which includes two new features: Smart Loader for Hadoop and its trademarked SQL-H. Teradata …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013
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Business intelligence startup tarts up Hadoop for managers

For the world's most lauded open source data platform, Hadoop is remarkably difficult to use, so Tuesday brings another company slinging a tool that entices managers and analysts into fiddling with the elephant. This time it's analytics startup Platfora with the general release of its in-memory business intelligence layer atop …
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2013
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Watch this! A webinar about Mobile BI

Youtube Video In this 90 minutes training session, QA's Mark Fitzgerald, examines business intelligence software from Microsoft and the opportunities that are available for self-built and packages mobile BI applications.® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No …
David Gordon, 26 May 2014
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Business intelligence for real

Just last Thursday we had a live broadcast from our illustrious studios that explained how business intelligence can be used to good effect in your business – given the new end-user demands everyone is facing. In the moderator's chair was The Reg’s own delightful Tim Phillips. He was joined by Martin Atherton from Freeform …
Team Register, 25 May 2010
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Business intelligence – still an oxymoron?

It’s been a while since we’ve asked any questions about business intelligence. To the infoliterati, it’s a specialist domain that needs many years’ experience before it even starts to make sense. To outsiders however, it’s about whether or not the right information is there at the right time – and quite frequently, often it's …
Team Register, 26 May 2010

It's ALIVE: Unstructured data upstart whips out data-AWARE array

Stealth exit startup DataGravity has introduced a hybrid flash/disk array with rich metadata recording and reporting functions for file creation, keyword content, content change and access, as well as data protection functions and collaboration help. DataGravity was founded by CEO Paula Long, co-founder of EqualLogic, which was …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014

Software 'appointed to board' of venture capital firm

Hong Kong based venture capital fund Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV) “has appointed VITAL, a machine learning program capable of making investment recommendations in the life science sector, to its board.” The firm says it partners with “top analytical companies utilizing machine learning and large panel of experts” to “... …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2014
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How not to steer a business

The mainstream media generally portrays the financial services industry as being in a total mess, with customers failing to be served and management often apparently serving themselves. Against this background, a recent Reg Reader study looking at the way information is captured and used in the financial services sector provides …
Martha Bennett, 09 Jan 2012
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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

The UK is crying out for engineers and IT staff, according to a KPMG and REC report, which reckons demand for techies is at its highest in 16 years. Most vacancies were spotted in the engineering industry in August, while the medical industry came in just ahead of the IT sector in the nine categories of permanent staff assessed …
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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

Microsoft has urged users to remove a buggy update as it yanked download links to the offending patch, after reports emerged it caused the dreaded blue screen of death. The fixes issued on Patch Update Tuesday addressed privilege escalation bugs but an apparent font cache clearing issue lead to Windows boxes turning the colour …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2014
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Microsoft throws open Excel-based biz data tools to world+dog

Following a trial program with select customers that lasted nearly half a year, Microsoft has announced general availability of Power BI for Office 365, its Excel-based business intelligence toolkit. "Today business intelligence is only used by a fraction of the people that could derive value from it," Microsoft corporate veep …
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2014
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Business Intelligence - live on El Reg

The results are in. Following the resounding response from our recent Business Intelligence Reader Survey, we're proud to present the findings – via succulent, saturated Vulture Vision. We parked Reg hack Tim Phillips, Freeform Dynamics' Dale Vile, and Microsoft's David Hobbs-Mallyon in a swanky studio and told them to have a …
Team Register, 29 Mar 2007
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Big Data? Yeah, nice buzzword. Give us the nuts and bolts this time

Big Data has crossed the chasm from hype to everyday reality remarkably quickly. Its adoption has been accelerated by hungry data warehousers using big data techniques to get better answers from their data mining activities. ™ Big Data In Focus Attending the TM Big Data InFocus 2014 conference in Amsterdam, it became …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014

Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

If a picture tells 1,000 words, then an interactive bubble chart indexed by year based on a data model with a hierarchy of sub-categories ought to speak volumes. Microsoft’s business intelligence product Power BI is the latest addition to Office 365, its online office suite designed to integrate with desktop versions of Office …
Danny Bradbury, 29 Jun 2014
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Can intelligence really help business get out of a hole?

Business Intelligence (or BI) is often promoted as a “get out of gaol free” card – surely, intelligence in business is a good thing (although perhaps we wouldn’t know, we haven’t met much of it), so paying lots of money for a BI package is a no-brainer? Well, “Only up to a point, Lord Copper”. Obviously, fact-based decision- …
Martin Banks, 11 Jun 2007
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PowerPivot: a new spin on understanding your business

The Catch 22 of business intelligence is that to understand your business, you have to deal with vendors who want to “understand your business”, better known as “see how much we can charge you”. You then have to hope that something you don’t know might be really valuable. The most useful results are surprises not suited to the …
Dominic Connor, 26 Oct 2011
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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

IT contractors are being treated to whopping great annual pay rises of up to 13 per cent, a survey has revealed. While the rest of the world makes do with rock bottom wages, tech bods working in the financial services sector are finding their pay packets shoot skywards due to heavy demand for their skills, according to the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Feb 2014
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Business intelligence needs business backing

In a recent Reg Panel study into the state of play with regard to business intelligence, a whole range of issues were highlighted by respondents that were standing in the way of business users getting their hands on the information they need. We heard that users commonly complain about having to access multiple systems when …
Dale Vile, 27 Jul 2007
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Ingram exec reshuffle leads to exit of UK and Italy veeps

Ingram Micro has waved goodbye to a several Euro veeps with Johan Vandenbussche and Vincenzo Baggio the victims of a top level reshuffle. Recently instated European boss man Gerhard Schulz is making his mark on the distie giant, and likely shedding a few pounds will help the cost base too. The existing cluster of businesses in …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013

Cisco seeks to gobble virty data biz Composite

Cisco has announced it wants to slurp private firm Composite Software, which brings together traditional and cloud data in a single view, for about $180m. The networking giant said it would like to splice the data virtualisation software and services company into its own portfolio of Smart Services. "Cisco's strategy is to …
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Actifio plans wider data management portfolio

Upstart storage startup Actifio has quickly made a splash with its “copy data” products, but the company has already set its sights on a more comprehensive suite of data management tools including business intelligence wares. Speaking to The Reg in Sydney today, Actifio founder and CEO Ash Ashutosh said the company's eyeing off …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2013
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Office12 includes Business Intelligence

Microsoft is adding business intelligence software in the next version of its Office software - Office 12 - due in the second half of next year. Office 12 will make better use of Excel spreadsheets to analyse company data. It will be easier to link Excel to SQL servers to get better access to enterprise information. Spreadsheet …
John Oates, 24 Oct 2005

Partners to Microsoft: We are NOT ready for cloudy stuff yet

Microsoft has delayed and in some cases completely scrapped a raft of cloudy changes to its Partner Network that were due to be put in place from as early as January. This follows responses from channel partners that they were not ready for the overhaul, which Microsoft made public at its WPC knees-up, because their cloud …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2013
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Alex Bouzari on his big data storage firm: First, we got rid of the VCs

DataDirect Networks is quite unusual for a storage firm. First, it operates at supercomputer and HPC levels and is neither VC-backed nor a public company, making its internal strategies a matter for its execs alone. In this respect, it’s not as predictable or understandable as either a VC-backed startup or a post-IPO business. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014
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Microsoft shakes SQL Server 2012's business end at big data

Those not in “Denali Denial” will be interested in SQL Server 2012, which has just been unwrapped and is currently being delivered to manufacturers. In this review (I used Release Candidate 0) I’ll focus on how the new database looks, feels and compares with the existing server. I’ll also take a look at how SQL Server's big data …
Mark Whitehorn, 13 Mar 2012

IBM and Nvidia: We'll build your data center like a SUPERCOMPUTER

IBM and Nvidia have announced a partnership to "bring supercomputer performance to the corporate data center," in the words of Nvidia's accelerated computing honcho Ian Buck, with systems based on Nvidia Tesla GPUs and IBM Power8 CPUs, and to accelerate IBM enterprise software using Nvidia GPUs. "This is the biggest technology …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013
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CommVault contemplates analytics play

CommVault's chief operating officer Al Bunte has said his company is considering tuning its flagship Simpana product to participate in analytics workflows. CommVault's schtick is that Simpana includes just about every data management tool one could conceivably need and gets them to work in harness, rather than offering point …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2013
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Microsoft buys intelligence

Microsoft is buying a business intelligence firm based in Boise, Idaho. ProClarity has been an MS partner for some time and makes analysis and visualisation software to sit on top of other MS business intelligence products. The price of the purchase was not revealed. According to MS's press release, this fits in with the …
John Oates, 04 Apr 2006
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Next generation business intelligence

Various research projects have shown that business intelligence (BI) continues to be one of the top investment priorities for CIOs. But what is changing is its shift in focus from complex tools for a few users to more flexible, affordable and accessible tools for a larger audience. As such, BI is moving away from being an …
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Google house Ancoris swallows Google house Appogee

Integrator Ancoris has hoovered up fellow Google specialist Appogee for an undisclosed sum to slurp its cloud app development skills. Former Microsoft business partner Ancoris placed its chips behind the ads giant chocolate factory a couple of years back and was the first accredited Premier Enterprise Partner in the UK. Google …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013
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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Microsoft has dangled fresh licences for Office 365 - its subscription-based software suite - and beefed up its data-analysis tools to woo more business customers. Opening its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announced something it's called “upgrade SKUs” that will let IT bosses running on-premises …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jul 2013
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Why storage needs Quality of Service

Storage consolidation looks great on paper. Direct-attached storage is notorious for its inefficiency, with some arrays being just 40 per cent occupied or even less. Providing an Oracle database with 10,000 IOPS could mean aggregating dozens of 15,000 RPM drives, and unless the database is several terabytes in size that is a lot …
Bryan Betts, 16 Dec 2013

Enterprise adolescent: Salesforce.com's struggles at 15

It’s no way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Salesforce.com may claim to help 100,000 companies understand their businesses and make money, but in the week Salesforce turned 15, it emerged that the firm needs to get its own house in order. Chief financial officer Graham Smith revealed in a correspondence with the US Securities …
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Vendors causing confusion on business intelligence

The term “business intelligence”, “BI” for short, is one of those phrases that pretty much everyone working in IT will have heard of, and the concept is fundamentally very simple. It’s simple enough, in fact, that even Wikipedia is able to sum it up reasonably effectively as “a business management term which refers to …
Dale Vile, 09 Apr 2007
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Vendors oversell Business Intelligence (now there's a surprise)

The BI jargon mini-poll results are in and they make interesting reading, with lessons in there for both vendors and IT departments. Over eighty per cent of those who gave us their feedback believe that vendor marketing material is often too idealistic and generating unrealistic expectations amongst business users (Figure 1 …
Tony Lock, 13 Apr 2007
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EU ponders £30bn BAE-EADS mega aerospace-military borg

Questions remain over the likely outcome of a proposed £30bn merger between BAE Systems and EADS which would create the world's second-biggest aerospace and defence company. Securing government approval for the deal from the French, German and British governments is considered to be pivotal to the merger going ahead. While …
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Understanding the make-up of information management

On January 25th, Regcast presenter Jon Collins was joined by Freeform Dynamics’ Martha Bennett, Jason Frost from Blueprint, and Will Thompson from Microsoft for our very first live event of 2012. The thing that brought our panel together was the necessary evil that is - information management in business. Our latest Reg research …
Miatta Momoh, 03 Feb 2012
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Business Objects pioneer embraces open source BI

The founder, former chairman and chief executive of Business Objects has turned to open source for his latest venture in business intelligence. Bernard Liautaud has joined the board of open source ETL and data integration specialist Talend following a round of $12m funding by Balderton Capital. Liautaud - a pioneer in BI who …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jan 2009
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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

Google’s proposed $3.2bn purchase of Nest Labs, a maker of internet-connected round-the-home devices, shows that the online advertising giant considers the Internet of Things a serious proposition. A very serious proposition. It’s easy to be dismissive of the move. Nest is best known for an internet-enabled thermostat and a …
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2014

Microsoft to upset tech floggers: SO SORRY about our broken tools

After delays, delays and more delays, Microsoft is finally ready - well almost - to apply some fixes to the poorly executed Partner Sales Exchange deal registration portal and to roll out BI tools to track those deals. PSE was launched early last year, already six months later than planned, as Redmond tried to make it infallible …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2013

Months and months on, tech floggers still waiting to feel Microsoft's tool

Firms paid by Microsoft to sell its products are still waiting a brand-spanking-new business intelligence and analytics tool that the Redmond giant promised to deliver by February. The resellers had hoped the once crash-prone Microsoft's Partner Sales Exchange (PSE) would be improved by the addition of the new sales-tracking and …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2013
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Data analytics nears adulthood but has it grown up yet?

The problem with business analytics technology is that it has just about emerged from puberty and adolescence but nobody has given it a bank account and introduced it to the opposite sex yet. Analytics has been around in one form or another ever since Henry Ford decided to catalogue his motorcar assembly line measurements a …
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Big Data CIOs: don't look for aliens that aren't there

CIOs have been urged to pull their collective fingers out when it comes to Big Data projects, with experts warning that excessive planning can delay initiatives to the point where the intelligence they generate is useless to the business. Speaking at IDC’s Asia Pacific Business Analytics Conference 2012 in Hong Kong, emerging …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Nov 2012

Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

Microsoft has axed rebates paid to its distribution channel partners that flog Redmond's server and communications software. The Solutions Incentive Programme, which pays out a reward for securing sales, was announced to the Microsoft Partner Network in October 2011, giving those that are certified specialists the ability to …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2013
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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

Salary hikes of up to 40 per cent could be on offer for IT pros in China this year as the surging demand for specialised skills offers certain ex-pat professionals some new opportunities for a change of scene in 2013. International recruiter Michael Page’s annual Salary & Employment Forecast (PDF) for China reveals a booming …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2013
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IBM bites hard into business analytics

IBM is betting business analytics software will be the next big wave hitting IT in the next decade, as more companies seek to cut costs by plumbing and optimizing all the data they're sitting on. With high hopes for the market, Big Blue trundled out a major expansion of its analytics portfolio on Monday during its annual …
Austin Modine, 26 Oct 2009

Hungry investors sink $30m into cohabiting silo crew DataGravity

DataGravity, the data-furtling virtual-storage-tier startup led by EqualLogic execs co-founder Paula Long and John Joseph, has trousered another $30m in B-round venture funding. This comes just seven months after we learned of its existence and a $12m seed funding round. Not bad, not bad at all. The premise of DataGravity is to …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2013
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Gartner spells out magic behind quadrants

Analyst group Gartner has detailed how it prepares its sometimes-controversial magic quadrants, revealing that a two-hour demo is sometimes part of the research process. Gartner already offers a detailed explanation of how it compiles its Magic Quadrants here. But in an exchange with governance, risk management and compliance …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2012
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Keeping Score in the Public Sector

Stuck between a rock and a hard place? That’s what public sector organisations feel like when it comes to managing data according to our latest Register Reader research. It’s not getting any easier - our latest Reg Reader research looks at why? The findings of this study will lead the live discussion on March 13th 11:00 GMT; …
Miatta Momoh, 29 Feb 2012