Issue OverviewBusiness Information - April 2013, Volume 1, Number 2
The information explosion is in need of a cleanup crew, and this one comes equipped with advanced analytics and in-memory technology to pick up the slivers, piece them together and glean business insight. In this issue of Business Information, learn what in-memory is, why it's important and what companies are doing with technologies like SAP's HANA and Oracle's Exalytics. And find out how companies are using social media analytics to sift through Twitter and Facebook and gain meaningful knowledge about their customers—with the goal of serving them better. Keep reading for Wayne Eckerson's take on this cutting-edge trend and applications consultant Josh Greenbaum on touchscreen laptops. And find out whether the constant pipeline of enterprise apps to smartphones and tablets is sucking time away from professionals' personal lives. Access >>>
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Small businesses compete in e-commerce with same-day shipping
by Brenda Cole
Following mammoths like Amazon and eBay, smaller manufacturers are beginning to pack up their goods the day they're ordered. The industry might never be the same with same-day shipping.
Seeking treasure from social media tracking? Follow the customer
by Aaron Lester
Social media analytics tools can help companies dig into layers of online customer data in search of business gold. But a human touch is needed, too.
- Small businesses compete in e-commerce with same-day shipping by Brenda Cole
In-memory technology pushes analytics boundaries, boosts BI speeds
by Todd Morrison
In-memory appliances amp up business intelligence performance by moving processing off of disks. But cost and other issues need to be considered.
Mobile technology makes time management challenging
by Linda Rosencrance
Mobile technology has made it easier to solve problems at the office while we aren't at the office. But all that connectedness could mean more work and less play.
- In-memory technology pushes analytics boundaries, boosts BI speeds by Todd Morrison
The buzz: What are NoSQL databases?
by Jack Vaughan
Much fuss is made about these newcomers, but questions still arise. Mainly, they don't run on SQL, but that's not the full story.
Would-be Softie embraces another IT leadership path
by Mark Brunelli
He could have been part of Microsoft's meteoric rise in the 1980s, but Quintiles Inc. global IT director John Poonnen seized another day.
Windows 8 operating system a marked change in touchscreen environments
by Joshua Greenbaum
Move aside iOS: Windows 8 operating system could be what turns tablets and smartphones into serious business platforms.
Software lifecycle: App security still struggling to find a fit
by Jennifer Lent
For 10 years, application security has struggled find its place in the software lifecycle. We're still not there. Why has it taken so long?
- The buzz: What are NoSQL databases? by Jack Vaughan
Analytical modeling is both science and art
by Wayne Eckerson
Models are the key to predicting outcomes to business decisions. And while math may make them tick, it also takes a certain eye -- and ear -- for what works.
Too much business information? It's not a new problem
by Scot Petersen
The information "explosion" has brought the problem into sharper relief, but there has long been too much data. Sorting through it is the real issue.
- Analytical modeling is both science and art by Wayne Eckerson
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