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October 18, 2006

How do you differentiate?

In Europe - and met with the group CIO of a very large and successful corporation with operations in I think 140 countries. Smart guy.

It was very good hear him say "we have now put in place all the infrastructure, the core applications, the databases, the reporting, the portals, etc. Now it's about what we can do with the data generated from these systems. That's how we will differentiate ourselves".

Have you gotten to that insight yet? It's about how you take advantage of data in your systems (or from your supply chain, partners, customers, vendors, etc.) that you will stand out. Not by your SAP implementation that everybody else also have.

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October 11, 2006

Analytic mash-ups!

You might have heard about mash ups

Basically a nice idea: "A mashup is a website or web application that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience."

Applying this to analytics is brilliant. Think about it - in analytics the whole idea is to take data from all kinds of sources, pull it together, and out comes brilliant insights. Easier said than done?

Google Finance has been noted by many for the nice widgets for showing stock performance. The really neat part is how it interelates stock performance with news releases - taking two different data sources and putting them in a very nicely pulled together user interface that allows for rapid cross referenceing.

Now, the challenge is that is that pulling together data from many sources, putting it in one experience, provide a great set of user interfaces to it, and let you (or anybody!) go explore for insights is probably easier said than done using traditional manners. Do you really want to go off programming for this?

I'd like to challenge you to think about how we can help you there - building Google Finance like experiences for your data and business challenges. How quickly can we help you build the experience? Put us to the test.

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