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Many top executives and their teams have come to believe in the power of analytics to derive value from data. Yet too may are investing in chasing the next greatest technology without sufficient focus on other attributes of deriving value from data. One of such key attribute in the path toward better decision making is ensuring the availability of most relevant KPIs.


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Big Money for Big Data

By Dan Vesset

$3 billion is the amount of venture capital (VC) funding that has flowed into information management, access, and analysis software vendors since the beginning of the slow economic recovery in 2009 and through August of 2013. Does this level of VC funding denote irrational exuberance or a wave of unprecedented innovation?


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As my colleague Ashish Nadkarni and I prepared for IDC's 2013 Big Data Predictions webcast, I began to reflect on the past year's significant events that will impact not only the big data but also the much broader business analytics market. As in past years those of us focused on tracking trends in the business analytics market huddled to come up with ten events from 2012 that are likely to influence the market in the next 12 months and beyond. The results (admittedly, in this blog post, with some software bias) showing ten significant business analytics events are in this blog post.


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Over the last two years the phrase 'data is the new oil' has been used and reused at most analytics or Big Data conferences. It has been attributed (as far as I can tell) to Clive Humby of the consulting firm DunnHumby. I think it's a good analogy - one that is usually followed by references to data management and analysis vendors as the new oil refiners. However, that's as far as most speakers take the analogy,


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Contributors to this blog entry include Brian McDonough, Henry Morris, Susan Feldman, Philip Carter, Tomoko Akagi, and Sharon Tan   As 2011 drew to a close, the IDC team of business analytics analysts worldwide put together a list of ten stories that in our view had and will continue to have a significant impact on the business analytics market. The ten stories include:


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As a business analytics market analyst I'm constantly on the lookout for events that will affect the markets that I cover. In some cases there are specific technology releases that in hindsight prove to be influential on the broader market. Netezza's launch as a data warehouse appliance vendor or QlikTech's rapid acceleration in growth of its visual discovery tool, or IBM's Watson project, come to mind as such events. However, there are also non technical events that often reach an even broader audience and


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In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled Google, Don't Choose Micromanagement, author Nilofer Merchant uses Google as an example to illustrate a broader point about open information flow that drives innovation, which in turn drives performance. Her primary theme is a case against micromanagement and "building a culture that invites innovation through distributed decisions and ownership." However, the article highlights another key issue (perhaps unintentionally) that is applicable to performance m


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As 2010 is drawing to a close, IDC team of business analytics analysts worldwide has put together a list of ten events that in our view had and will continue to have a significant impact on the market. 


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There's no question that cloud computing is entering a new phase that goes well beyond early curiosity. Organizations big and small, across the globe are adopting cloud-based services and a growing number of IT leaders are looking for pragmatic guidance on embracing cloud computing and its variants such as software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. I won't say much more about these technologies because there are colleagues of mine at IDC who are much more knowledgeable on


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2010 has so far been an active year of various corporate activities for data warehousing (DW) technology vendors. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture capital funding, and executive turnover in the DW market suggest that the current market phase, which began in 2000 with the launch of Netezza, is ending and a new phase is starting.  In fact, Netezza's launch and currently pending acquisition by IBM provides a


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