business intelligence

July 27, 2015

CLOUD

Gain Intelligence From Cloud Sprawl

Co-authored with    Robert Dimicco Senior Director, Advanced Services   How many cloud services do you think your enterprise uses? You’ll be surprised: businesses use ~10-15 X more cloud services – unknowingly. This is what we call ‘cloud sprawl,’ because there are too many cloud services in a given environment and not enough visibility or control […]

July 14, 2015

DATA CENTER

For Better Self-Service BI, Start with Data Virtualization and a Business Directory

Providing Business Intelligence (BI) reporting and analysis used to be a service that IT provided for their line-of-business counterparts. In recent years, however business users have increasingly taken the lead for their BI and analytic solutions. What’s Driving the Self-Service BI Growth Trend?

May 12, 2015

DATA CENTER

Turning Data Challenges into Business Opportunities

At the recent Gartner BI Summit in Las Vegas, there was a lot of discussion about the paradigm shift underway in business intelligence (BI) and analytics. Business’s need for agile data access and self-service, combined with IT’s inability to satisfy this need, is causing disruption to traditional models and shifting the balance of power from […]

April 7, 2015

DATA CENTER

Gartner’s Latest Point of View on BI, Analytics and Big Data

Over the past six weeks I participated in three Gartner BI and Analytic Summits in Sydney, London, and most recently Las Vegas. I love going to these events, as they are a great opportunity to: Stay abreast of the latest trends through the lenses of the Gartner analysts who cover BI, analytics, data management and […]

November 4, 2014

DATA CENTER

Why Implement Microsoft SQL Server on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)?

A Guest Blog by Cisco’s Frank Cicalese:  Frank is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco, assisting customers with their design of SQL Server solutions on Cisco Unified Compute System. Before joining Cisco, Frank worked at Microsoft Corporation for 10 years, excelling in several positions, including as Database TSP. Frank has in-depth technical knowledge and proficiency […]

October 16, 2014

PARTNER

Big Changes Become Big Opportunities in Branches

Mobility and cloud innovations have been happening so fast that it’s easy to overlook the place where these technologies have the most impact – the branch.

How Big Data Will Save the Physical Store

Reports of the physical retail store’s death have been greatly exaggerated. As a recent survey from the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) found, 93 percent of products sold in the United States are still bought in brick-and-mortar locations. And while technology has upended many product categories and more than a few individual retailers, it […]