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Choose a product – not a vendor

Bigger is not always better – especially in the software industry. When companies seek assistance in selecting a software vendor, investment security is always one of their top concerns. Many are wary of small software vendors due to the potential risk of bankruptcy or competitor buyouts, which could later result in additional investments or expensive […]

Formatting Reports in Business Intelligence Tools

Introduction Reporting tools vary a great deal in the way they present data. The following table provides a simple overview of the basic layout types available. Type Description Example Canvas / Layers Objects are positioned absolutely on a canvas. For interactive reports, dialogs, etc. Sometimes for page based reporting. arcplan, IBI PowerPainter, Layout Painter Oracle […]

Proof of Concept

When implementing complex solutions, particularly in the area of BI, customers often run into the ‘tool assumption’ problem. Although they are not usually discussed in these terms, advanced BI products can be seen as rapid development tools that minimize the need for technical know-how. They work by limiting themselves to a specific type of application. […]