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Posts Tagged ‘Business Intelligence’

High Performance Organizations (HPO) characteristics

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High Performance Organizations

In his latest paper, Dr. Andre A. de Waal, the academic director at the Center for Organizational Performance based in the Netherlands, presents a framework to analyze the similar characteristics and factors of High Performance Organisations (HPO). The study conducted, The characteristics of a High Performance Organisation, was based on a systematic review of the literature, through the analysis of 290 selected studies, these being summarized by three researchers.

Microsoft Excel – the most popular Performance Management and Business Intelligence tool

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Performance Management Business Intelligence

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Since its launch on a Windows platform in 1987, Microsoft Excel has gradually become omnipresent on business desktop environments. It is widely used in businesses of all sizes for data management, analysis and reporting. In a way, it can be considered the first Business Intelligence (BI) software product mass marketed.

Almost since its launch, Excel’s position in the market has been challenged by various products with advanced data integration and analysis functionality. Together, they formed the basis of the today’s BI market, by going through several successive phases:

  • 1987-1996 Formation – initial product launches
  • 1996-2005 Growth – product maturity and market formation
  • 2005-2010 Consolidation – by various mergers and acquisitions involving the major software producers in the world.

The 2010 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms

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Gartner Magic Quadrant

A useful resource for assessing the market of Business Intelligence (BI) Platforms is  The 2010 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, released on 29 January 2010, by Gartner. The report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the main software vendors for the BI platforms, as well as defining the BI market and its trends. An eagerly expected publication in BI circles, this year’s report was authored by four Gartner analysts: Rita L. Sallam (ex Oracle),  Bill Hostmann (ex IBM – Informix),  James Richardson (ex Hyperion, now Oracle) and Andreas Bitterer (ex IBM).

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