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Vol. 11, No. 19
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What are best practices for BI reports?
by Dan Power
Structured, periodic reports remain at the center of data-driven decision support for managerial decision-making. The reports may be in portable document format (PDF) and the reports are probably web accessible, but we still create and use reports. Twenty-five years ago, one would see piles of computer printouts in a manager's office. Today reports include graphs in color with professional looking tables, but we still print reports. Managers and IS/T staff need to know how to design reports. Why do we print reports? Managers can quickly scan a paper report while multi-tasking and many managers are reluctant to read reports online. Reading emails is already a burden.
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Events

Decision Sciences Institute 2010 Annual Meeting
Join us at the 2010 DSI 41st Annual Meeting November 20 - 23, 2010
This years theme:  Challenging the Status Quo -- Breakthrough Innovations that Rejuvenate Organizations

A little revolution is a good thing now and then.  In 2009 the Decisions Science Institute (DSI) celebrated its 40th year of existence as one of the leading academic societies.  The annual conference in 2010 marks the beginning of the next 40 years, in which we expect to break new ground, try new ideas, and create new value for all participants.

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BI Congress II: The Gateway to the Future on Analytics
Join us at the BI Congress II in Saint Louis, MO on December 11 and 12, 2010 and help shape the future of analytics!

The 2010 Business Intelligence Congress II will bring together academic professionals and industry representatives who share a common passion for research and education innovation in the field of analytics. In the spirit of open innovation - learn from, contribute your knowledge to, and brainstorm with the key industry and academic movers and shakers!

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Whitepapers

EMC Greenplum and Cloudera form alliance to tackle big data challenge.
EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced a new alliance to enable integration of technology from Cloudera, a leading provider of Hadoop-based data management software and services, with the EMC® Data Computing Products division's Greenplum technology to help businesses better manage and analyze large and continuously growing amounts of structured and unstructured information such as log files, sensor data, streaming data, sales receipts, e-mails, research data and images collectively known as "big data."
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Prepping for the future of fleet management, GPS and vehicle telematics.
CES is predicting that GPS will soon be so tightly integrated with field computers and smartphones that they will serve as the delivery mechanism for location tracking, job dispatch and vehicle diagnostics data being transported to the fleet manager or dispatcher.
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Top business and operational advantages cloud computing can deliver to IT organizations.
Often resource constrained, IT departments in companies and government organizations are immersed in workday responsibilities needed to support the business. Cloud computing can help take pressure off IT staff while also helping deliver measurable business benefits. For instance, with cloud computing, organizations can leverage the benefits of a shared IT infrastructure without having to implement and administer it directly.
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11Ants model builder transforms Excel into breakthrough predictive analytics tool.
11Ants Analytics, a company committed to making data mining technology accessible to non-technical users, today launched the 11Ants Model Builder a powerful yet simple to use Microsoft Excel Add-in which allows anyone who can use Excel to mine data for informational and commercial advantage.
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IBM to acquire Netezza.
IBM and Netezza Corporation today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Netezza, a publicly held company based in Marlborough, Mass., in a cash transaction at a price of $27 per share or at a net price of approximately $1.7 billion, after adjusting for cash. Netezza will expand IBM's business analytics initiatives to help clients gain faster insights into their business information, with increased performance at a lower cost.
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