Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan
14Sep/110

Our New Partnership with Teradata – See us at the PARTNERS User Group Conference

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We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Teradata, THE big data/data warehouse experts! arcplan is their only partner to support Teradata’s new OLAP interface.

The cool thing for Teradata customers is…well, there are many cool things! arcplan is the ideal front-end to Teradata, providing analysis, reporting, planning, and real-time mobile analytics to Teradata customers. The new “arcplan OLAP Connector for Teradata” allows users to answer multidimensional analytical questions by slicing and dicing their large data volumes quickly over the Web or on any mobile device. Teradata customers can also build ad-hoc reports, intuitive and interactive dashboards, and can even manage their budgeting and planning with one architecture.

We’re also a sponsor of Conquering Complexity, the Teradata PARTNERS User Group Conference, taking place October 2-6 in San Diego, CA. Stop by and see us at booth 613!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, leave us a comment or email sales@arcplan.com. There’s more information in the full press release.

3Aug/110

Social Media & Business Intelligence: Friends or Frenemies?

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Social media monitoring is an emerging trend that’s here to stay as the popularity of sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ increases. Business intelligence is past the trend phase – it’s commonplace at companies large and small, who will spend nearly $11 billion on it before the year is over, according to Gartner. These are two powerful segments of the analytics market and the question that’s begging to be asked is: are social media and business intelligence friends or frenemies? Do they have to play along to keep the peace or do they actually go hand-in-hand?

For us at arcplan, social media and BI are two sides of the same coin, two pieces of the puzzle that is your business. For a complete picture of your customers, your brand, and your position in the market to emerge, you need information that’s collected from social sites and from your corporate data sources. After all, your data warehouse isn’t going to tell you that the off-handed Twitter comment you made last week contributed to a drop in sales unless you can associate your sentiment analysis to your sales data.

We’re all striving to “do more” with our data – to roll out ad-hoc reporting to our business users so they can take ownership of analysis, make data easier to access so we can rely on IT less, create high-level dashboards for our executives, build scorecards to manage our KPIs, master every chart type… but we haven’t truly begun to do more with data until we incorporate information from outside traditional BI data sources into our everyday analysis. And be aware, the amount of data we’re talking about can be huge. That’s why some in our industry call this Big Data – but this is a story we will review in another article.

It’s important to understand how you, as an organization, can structure social information and associate it to the other data you have about your customers. All kinds of companies – B2C and B2B – are seeing the need to better understand all dimensions of their customers – not only demographic information and purchase history, but also what they’re saying in the social space.

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9Jun/110

Event Recap: arc|planet Korea 2011

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arc|planet KoreaOn June 2nd, more than 200 participants came together for arc|planet Korea 2011. I was lucky enough to attend the event, our second in South Korea, and see terrific presentations from our customers in the finance, manufacturing, and retail industries. We were kindly hosted by our partner, Zalesia, who showed off arcplan Mobile on 5 different mobile phones and tablet PCs, which were never out of attendees’ hands.

Like arc|planet Germany, this event gathered arcplan users together for a day of best practice sharing, networking, and learning about arcplan’s vision and product strategy. There was a lot of excitement about our newest product, arcplan Engage, our BI search and collaboration tool, which gathers data, reports, and dashboards wherever they reside arc|planet Korea(whether they’re in SharePoint, Salesforce.com, email, arcplan, SAP, or other BI systems) and makes them available for rating and commenting so the best data rises to the top. Our Korean customers are early adopters of new technologies, so naturally arcplan Engage was a hot topic.

Also a hot topic – self-service analytics. There was a lot of interest around web pivoting and drag-and-drop functionality, both available in arcplan Enterprise 7.

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27Apr/110

Easier SAP Reporting – It’s Possible

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Does this sound like your company? You standardized on SAP years ago, but there’s no funding for a full-blown Business Intelligence and Analytics application. Every week some higher-up calls you (the SAP expert) to give him or her an update on sales figures or margin numbers, and you’ve gotten some notoriety as the person who can write “SAP Reports” to show forecasts and budget information anytime. Now instead of watching Iron Chef America on Sunday nights, you’re sitting at your dining room table running SAP query extracts and dumping the data into Excel so you can massage it with MS Access and email it to all the directors. You’re dreading the calls that are going to start coming in once word gets out that you’re the SAP expert.

Believe it or not this isn’t too far from reality. A lot of very sophisticated organizations have business critical information stored in SAP but use the most arcane methods to make sense from it. There’s a false perception out there that reporting off of SAP requires a massive investment in hardware, software and services. But the fact is that SAP is just another data source and if you know some of the basics of BI, you can easily create an elegant solution that allows you to analyze the SAP data you’ve collected to suit your needs.

You have options. You can try to get approval for a multi-million dollar SAP BI project and justify the fact that it’s not going to go live for at least a year. Try that and tell me how it goes! (Don’t get me wrong – SAP has some great products and in fact, they’re one of arcplan’s partners. But there’s no denying that some of their products are cumbersome and inflexible, and many of arcplan’s customers have chosen us because of our SAP integration to improve their reporting).

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5Apr/110

Event Recap: arc|planet & arc|platform 2011

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We just wrapped up our annual partner conference, arc|platform, and our annual user conference, arc|planet, which both took place in Dusseldorf, Germany last week. More than 300 arcplan aficionados from around the world came together for these events, making them the largest conferences in our company’s history! Click here to see pictures from the events.

Customers, partners, analysts, and industry experts gathered with the arcplan team to get insight into our vision, strategy and products. We demo’d our latest innovations, including arcplan Mobile and arcplan Engage, our next-generation BI search and collaboration tool. We thought this blog would be the place to thank all of our speakers and to share some of what was presented.

A Multitude of Best Practice Presentations Over 3 Days

In more than 25 keynotes, expert sessions, workshops, and best practice presentations, analysts, customer representatives, and arcplan experts showcased how arcplan software has helped create best-of-breed BI solutions.

Among the sessions were Daimler and Merck, which introduced their arcplan-based mobile BI solutions to an excited audience. Our partners Deloitte and Ernst & Young presented best practice customer solutions for real estate management and integrated reporting based on arcplan software. Logistics supplier Hermes provided insight into their daily use of arcplan BI.

      


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