Increasingly complex business processes and customer requirements represent major challenges for companies and their Business Intelligence (BI) projects. With the latest update of its Unified Business Analytics platform arcplan 8.5 is addressing improved cloud support, forward-looking analyses, and accelerated application development. “With this new release, arcplan is raising the bar for business analytics solutions even higher. arcplan 8.5 offers new and exciting features in particular for the increasingly important area of predictive analytics,” says Hans Peter Wolff, CTO at arcplan. Continue reading this post>>
Business Intelligence is a powerful tool, designed for the modern business environment.
One of its primary goals is to enhance performance evaluation, by utilizing benchmarking, data visualization, measurement analysis, data mining, all combining to facilitate your organizations’ requirements for forecasting the future trends in your industry and thereby optimizing informed, data-driven decision-making at all levels of your business. Continue reading this post>>
As someone who interacts day-to-day with BI developers, consumers and the IT folks who make the whole BI infrastructure function, I have firsthand, in-depth knowledge of the range of logistics that’s required to successfully bring an application from server to client user, regardless of whether the user is sitting in a corporate cubicle or perched on a coffee house stool, somewhere downtown.
I like to break these logistical things down into 2 categories. Continue reading this post>>
In recent weeks, I came across a handful of articles and research reports about the public’s perception of cloud computing and how many Americans don’t seem to understand the concept, yet already use and depend on the cloud despite this lack of understanding. The good news is that business leaders generally have a better understanding of what the cloud has to offer, including the untapped potential of cloud computing to create an integrated picture of business content. Organizations are starting to develop cloud computing strategies to provide context to business operations.
Despite the hype around cloud computing and cloud BI, the real adoption of cloud BI systems is relatively low, according to Howard Dresner’s 2012 Wisdom of Crowds Cloud BI Market Study and a Gartner report earlier this year on the major drivers of BI revenue. The delay in adoption isn’t because business managers fail to see the value of the cloud; simply put, the barriers to cloud BI adoption are very practical ones – data integration and security being the most frequently cited. arcplan has addressed these concerns previously in our webinar, A Roadmap for BI Cloud Computing, but in this post, I’ll explore how businesses are proactively addressing cloud BI data integration concerns.
Business leaders who have implemented cloud BI give positive feedback, naming process efficiency, effectiveness, and gaining a competitive advantage as some of the benefits. But what takes cloud BI to the next level is uniting data from multiple data sources within their organization and leveraging external data resources to get comparable benchmarks. This last piece is only possible in a cloud environment.
Back in September, we announced our BI Challenge 2012, a competition for students in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to create innovative BI apps for a chance to win 5000 Euros. Last week, we held the awards ceremony in Düsseldorf and honored the 3 winners. They’ll present their apps to the larger public at our arc|planet user conference on October 30-31.
Three computing and economics students took home top prizes for applications they designed in the Innovation, Fast Mover and Business Excellence categories. From the many entries, the winners were selected by a professional jury of experts including Dr. Wolfgang Martin, one Europe’s leading analysts, Wolf Müller Scholz, publisher of Business Intelligence magazine, Hans Peter Wolff, CTO at arcplan, and representatives of Daimler AG and Wacker Chemie AG.
In the Innovation category, John Winkelmeyer from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences took 1st place with his application “Intranet Analysis Model – investigation into usage information for an intranet.” In the Fast Mover category, the winner was Iman Sheikholmolouki from the University of Technology in Munich with a mobile management information system for iPad that analyzes company data. It’s being used by arcplan’s customer Scout 24, one of the leading European groups of companies in the online marketplace. Daniel Horlbeck from the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin won the Business Excellence category. He developed an arcplan Enterprise 7 dashboard that supports the partner managers of Digital Wallet, a virtual organization that enables electronic financial transactions.
The BI Challenge’s goal is to allow tomorrow’s professionals and managers hands-on experience with arcplan’s flexible and innovative BI platform, arcplan Enterprise, during their studies. Examples of solutions that were submitted this year include management cockpits, web-based analysis and reporting applications, and Balanced Scorecards.
Congratulations to the winners! Interested in entering the competition? Details about next year’s BI Challenge 2013 will be released shortly at www.arcplan.com/de.