InetSoft Product Information: List of Business Intelligence Articles

Below you will find a list of various business intelligence topics having to do with InetSoft's BI: products including information about what differentiates InetSoft from other BI solutions and why InetSoft is an easier to use, easier to deploy BI platform that is also more cost-effective.

Main Challenge for Business Intelligence in Enterprises - So I think that’s the main challenge for business intelligence in enterprises today. We are moving in the right direction, but again really just to reiterate we need to actually get a better handle on data, understand who is using what, and who needs it, and getting through that kind of really contextual standpoint where technology is relevant for an individual rather than it’s kind of a one-size-fits-all model. And if we are able to adjust to that place with actual good data, then we can actually start using some of the existing tools or aggregators to better plug into that and actually make that data actionable, because there is a lot of manual collection that goes on or separate dashboards being used today. So for example, there you are with your iPhone, your iPad, and all of that data is somehow pouring onto your mobile device. It’s all there for you, and it’s organized in a very cohesive way for you to take action on it. Is that something I see in the very near future? How might it affect your role and responsibilities as a CFO if indeed we get to that point...

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Make An Intelligent Enterprise Work - All of that stuff needs to be pulled together if you are going to make an intelligent enterprise work. Again, at the end there, you see the need for enhanced security, which is an ongoing process. Every day, every financial institution needs to rethink its security and its capability in defending against attacks. Also the key role of security is to enable customer usage and enable the right users to get the right access at the right time. Traditionally, we thought of business intelligence in these ways that we have business insight leading to process improvement, that we have traditional reporting that lets us measure, monitor and manage. And this helps create operational leverage throughout the financial institution. As we think forward, though, we can create marketplace differentiation by being able to respond more quickly to the marketplace and create new knowledge that the institution did not have before. So it's this ability for senior management to see around the corner to the next marketplace opportunity. And what that results in is the ability to structure more aggressive business goals and achieve them...

Making BI More Accessible Through Data Visualization - Okay folks, we’re back here at DM Radio, talking about the consumerization of BI. And our next guest knows a thing or two about that, Francois Ajenstat of Tableau Software. Welcome back to DM Radio. Hi everyone, great to be here. Eric Kavanagh: Sure thing. So obviously at Tableau, I mean let's face it, you guys are right out there at the forefront of trying to make BI more accessible, through data visualization and all these various tools, allowing people to mix and match datasets. You had some interesting thoughts about how we have gotten here and what it all means. Well, what do you think the history is about, the sort of how and why of the consumerization of BI? I think Tracie had some really great points. A fundamental thing is that people want answers to their questions when they want it. And if you think about the business intelligence space, what have we been doing for the last 20 years? We have been building these complex systems and requiring people to read these 60 page manuals to run reports. These reports are really slow to run, and by the time the users get it, it's not what they wanted. And as we have seen in the last few years, not only has the iPad changed the dynamic of how users want to interact with their data and want to interact with information, but Google...

Making Business Intelligence Software More Accessible - What are some of the product design innovations InetSoft has been making in terms of making its business intelligence software more accessible? We have been in the business intelligence market for quite a few years, but one of the challenges we continue to see is the even though there are a number of different BI tools in the market for delivering information to end-users...

Manufacturing Metrics KPI Dashboard - Manufacturing processes generate volumes of data that must be monitored and analyzed for peak performance and efficiency. By observing and analyzing these processes, companies can gain an understanding of the different shifts and trends which progress and hinder their business. This knowledge provides managers with great insight to act accordingly and make decisions in a confident manner...

Map Charts - A transcript of InetSoft's webinar for the Style Intelligence 10.2 release. Discusses the addition of sophisticated data mapping abilities. So to create a map, I no longer have a map component on the left hand side. I simply have a chart, and then there’s a special map type. So if I select chart style I can choose map. Now for my data, I need to map one of these columns to a geographic field. So for example, State here will simply be set as a geographic field and it asks me what map to associate it with - what level of detail within that map - and then I can also have different sets of mappings. For instance, If I have ‘NJ’ in my data and we don’t automatically map that to New Jersey I can manually map it and then save that definition for use in the future. So the green check mark tells me that all the states have been properly matched. Now I can simply drag state into the geographic box to bind that field to that level of detail. Now I’m going to take some of my measures, for example, federal spending in 2004 and display it as different colors on my map. Let me make my map a little bit larger, and maybe I’ll move the legend over here...

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Marketing KPIs - The marketing department of any products or services company needs to track many different marketing KPIs: leads, CPL, CPA, ROI, etc. InetSoft offers a software application for tracking any KPI...

Marketing KPI Information - for those learning about Marketing KPI tracking software, how in general no software application is going to provide KPI's ready-to-use, since KPI's are metrics that are often derived from formulae that are specific to an enterprise in many cases...

MapReduce Technology Built into InetSoft's Business Intelligence Platform - All the actual data is coming from the atomic sources, we are not copying or moving the data anywhere in a persistent way. The data access engine is just live querying and uses a layer of caching for optimization purposes. The other aspect which I will introduce now is something that we brought into the product with the last version. It’s called Data Grid Cache. It’s a kind of MapReduce technology built into our business intelligence platform. So essentially there are two technologies that we leverage to address a couple of concerns about data mashup. So essentially there are two technologies that we leverage to address a couple of concerns about data mashup. So typically people are very happy with data mashup especially if they are starting a new project. It means they don’t have to go through the hassle of writing ETL scripts. They don’t have to create a data warehouse. They can really just grab the data where it is now, do manipulations that they may need to, and then immediately build the dashboard...

Mashup Information - Basic information on what mashup is in the business intelligence world and a demo of its use, plus links to white papers about data mashup...
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