Insight from Agora Consultants

Presentation by Dr. Jim Goodnight, SAS CEO

I was fortuate enough to attend an event at the Rotmans School of Management last night featuring Dr. Jim Goodnight (founder, Chairman and CEO of SAS Inc.). It was hosted by Roger Martin and Richard Florida. It was an informal setting begining with an interactive discussion between Richard Flo... [More]

Changes to Microsoft Performance Point

The news that made the headlines with Microsoft over the past week was the layoffs. However, for BI professionals there has been an even more impactful change. Microsoft is changing the way Performance Point is packaged and licensed. The Monitoring and Analytics piece will become part of Microsoft O... [More]

Business Intelligence and Strategic Planning

With the New Year upon us many organizations (and individuals) are putting plans in place for 2009. There are lots of discussions of strategic objectives, goals, critical success factors etc. The biggest challenge sorting through the planning process is to have a framework in place so that the... [More]

Top 5 BI Predictions for 2009

Well as 2008 draws to a close here are my top five (tongue in cheek) Business Intelligence predictions for 2009. 5. Since all the Canadian government can do is squabble over who is going to rule the country Canadians take things into their own hands and implement a real-time policy voting and measu... [More]

Retaining your information: good or bad?

Yahoo announced they are reducing their user data retention policy to 90 days. Read about it here. Is this good or bad for users? Theoretically the more information a company has about you the better it can service you. The company knows your interests and behaviours and can therefore optimize the r... [More]

"over 150 canned reports included"

Software makers often use the volume of pre-created reports as a selling point of their software. The number of reports doesn't matter. The question is does the system have the report relevant to the user with the right data presented in an understandable way? Having many reports just make... [More]

Marketing in 2009

I attended a roundtable event this morning put on by the Canadian Marketing Association. The panelists represented a great cross section of Marketing Executives from Harlequin, Canada Post, Chapters-Indigo and Dell Canada. Two common themes of the greatest needs for 2009 were the need to measure res... [More]