Blog: Claudia Imhoff Welcome to my blog. This is another means for me to communicate, educate and participate within the Business Intelligence industry. It is a perfect forum for airing opinions, thoughts, vendor and client updates, problems and questions. To maximize the blog's value, it must be a participative venue. This means I will look forward to hearing from you often, since your input is vital to the blog's success. All I ask is that you treat me, the blog, and everyone who uses it with respect. So...check it out every week to see what is new and exciting in our ever changing BI world. Copyright 2010 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:51:51 -0700 IBM Shakes Up Its Software Group Steve Mills, IBM Senior VP, has issued an internal memo announcing a significant split of the software group into a solutions and a middleware division. The shake up includes some very senior executives as well.

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Where Did The Term BI Come From? I just watched a cute video by Nic Smith on the history of Business Intelligence. Granted it was a shill for Microsoft but still it was cute and mostly accurate. However, there was one erroneous attribute that I think most people may not know. The term, "Business Intelligence" was not coined by Howard Dresner as stated in the video -- he did a fine job of making it popular but he did not invent the term. Read on to find out where it was first used...

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Easy To Use? Nah. We Need BI That Is Easy To Consume! For my entire career in BI and data warehousing (going on more than 20 years now), I have heard the expression -- BI should be "easy to use". I suggest that it is time for BI's tag line to change to "easy to consume". Here's why. Business Intelligence Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:30:26 -0700 Deplorable, Despicable, and Disgusting OK -- I have had a whole weekend to simmer down about John Thain, former CEO of Merrill Lynch, and his behavior. But it just kept getting worse and this morning, I have just had enough. In My Humble Opinion... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 11:00:24 -0700 Our Christmas Tree is a Personal Data Warehouse We decorated our Christmas tree last weekend -- and I realized that the decorations were snapshots of our family history -- basically our personal data warehouse. Certainly our tree will never make it into Good Housekeeping or win a prize for best decorations -- you could say it was "eclectic" to be kind -- but it is filled with many, many lovely memories...

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Something Rotten in Apple? Judge Seems to Think So. Must be nice to wanted -- at least Mark Papermaster must be feeling the -- um -- love from his former and current employers. A federal judge ordered the former IBM executive recently hired by Apple to stop working for that company. I guess the big question remains... WHY?

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Green IT? It is more than just reducing power consumption I attended a breakfast forum this morning sponsored be Vista Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm here in Boulder, CO. The speaker was Ike Nassi, EVP for SAP Research. During his talk, Ike discussed "Green IT". He kicked off a whole series of thoughts in my head about how we can use BI to reduce our carbon footprints. So here goes:

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Summer was GREAT... But it's time to return to the blog Yep -- it's true. I took the summer off from blogging but now I'm baaaack! And what a time to come back. Dow down 777 points today. Banks and other financial institutions going under right and left. And the one area where there is huge growth turns out to be in the online fraud business. And sadly, these online fraud perpetrators are turning to software as a service (SaaS) to commit their fraud. What is the world coming to?

Read on to see how SaaS is being used to commit acts of fraud.

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First Steps in Operational BI Operational BI is becoming quite the buzz today. There are countless articles, tips, vendors with operational BI offerings, case studies, etc., available today. Yet, I still get asked the very basic question of how do you get started. What are the first steps? Well, here are my thoughts on how to get started...

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Free KPIs! No Fooling... If you are struggling to define your company's key performance indicators (KPIs), here is a useful bit of information. I recently discovered an interesting website dedicated to identifying KPIs for just about every category you can think of. And it is FREE!

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Excess... Every now and then, I use my blog for something that has nothing to do with BI. Sometimes I use it for humor, sometimes a rant against a pet peeve, and sometimes -- like this time -- for something that I found astonishing.

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There's Money in Them Thar Companies - BI & MDM Funding! Given the harrowing day in the world's stock markets yesterday and today's roller coaster ride in US markets, you would think that venture funding for start-ups and small companies would dry up like sub-prime lending. Well, maybe in other sectors but funding for BI and MDM companies is doing just fine!

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Last Hurrah for Bill Gates Last week, Bill Gates gave what was billed as his last keynote as a full-time Microsoft employee at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He chose not to do a maudlin look backwards at all that he has done since 1975 but rather to look forward to his last day at Microsoft and his predictions of where the tech industry will be in the next decade. It was both a very funny and very poignant keynote...

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It's Been a Most Interesting Year For my last blog of the year, I want to wish each of you Happy New Year! The year, 2008, promises to be as good a year for Business Intelligence as 20007 was...

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The Other Shoe Finally Drops - IBM Buys Cognos A few minutes ago I got the news that IBM had just bought Cognos. There has been so much speculation about this purchase after Hyperion and Business Objects were bought that it almost was anti-climatic. What does this mean for BI? Well, I have a few thoughts...

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