Monday, April 28, 2008

Deltek Announces Release Date for First Quarter 2008 Results

Deltek Announces Release Date for First Quarter 2008 Results: "(Deltek) announced today that it will release its first quarter 2008 financial results on Thursday, May 8, 2008. The Company will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the first quarter results.

The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-877-381-6419 in North America and 1-706-643-9496 outside North America (no password required). Interested parties may also go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site ( to listen to the earnings call. Those unable to participate in the live call may hear a rebroadcast by dialing 1-800-642-1687 in North America and 1-706-645-9291 outside North America (pass code: 43441906). The rebroadcast will be available through May 15, 2008. In addition, a recording of the call will be available on Deltek's Web site through May 15, 2008."

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

How To Choose Among The Four Bright Lights Of BI -- Business Intelligence -- InformationWeek

InformationWeek has an interesting article about the BI market place. Some interesting excerpts:

Understanding their (the big four vendors) strategies will help you decide whether to listen or walk away. In one short year, Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL) acquired Hyperion, SAP (NYSE: SAP) bought Business Objects, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) grabbed Cognos. Including Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), the big four BI vendors now account for about half of the $7 billion-a-year BI tools market, which is expected to grow 11% this year, according to IDC.

On pricing (and open source vendors):

Oracle, IBM, and SAP will need to lower their pricing if they want to compete with inexpensive open source providers like Pentaho and entry-level tools that are gaining more capabilities, such as the Google Docs spreadsheet. Tools from IBM-Cognos, Oracle-Hyperion and SAP-Business Objects typically cost well over $1,000 per user. Microsoft has adopted a pricing structure to make the cost per seat decrease as the number of users increases, charging $20,000 for PerformancePoint Server 2007 and $195 per user.

On IBM Cognos:

IBM is positioning itself as the go-to megavendor that can help customers create a company-wide information architecture, from the desktop down to the bowels of the data repositories. But BI tool-buying decisions are typically made based on application functionality and not how well they work with data management systems. IBM's approach forces IT departments to consider not just what users want from BI tools, but how they integrate with the search, content management, master data management, data cleansing, data warehousing, and data integration systems to form a cohesive whole

...since IBM has been a "neutral player," it isn't going to show favoritism toward any one enterprise app, Ashe (head of IBM's Cognos unit) says

In the coming year, Ashe says Cognos technologies will be tied more closely to a "treasure trove" of IBM capabilities and products. One plan is to tap into the company's extensive work in natural language processing to develop new products and capabilities for analyzing unstructured data, such as e-mails and customer service transcripts. IBM also is creating more collaborative BI capabilities by tying Cognos to Lotus Notes. "There's a lot of smart thinking and research going on in how this will all work together in a social environment," Ashe says.

On Oracle:

Since Oracle's acquisition of Hyperion a year ago, the company hasn't provided much explanation of which products it expects to be strategic and which will just be maintained and supported. In fact, Oracle said its BI executives were too busy to talk with InformationWeek for this article, despite several weeks' lead time, and could provide Kopcke (Oracle's senior VP of enterprise performance management) only via e-mail.

On Microsoft:

Microsoft, a BI leader. Who knew? Among the four megavendors, it's been the dark horse that may have a shot at winning...(PerformancePoint Server 2007) pulled together Microsoft's products, including business Scorecard Manager, Excel, and new apps for planning, budgeting, and forecasting, with advanced visualization and analysis technologies acquired from ProClarity.

How To Choose Among The Four Bright Lights Of BI -- Business Intelligence -- InformationWeek

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Deltek Announces Consulting Edition of its Vision Product

Deltek announced the release of the new Consulting Edition of its Deltek Vision product. This product contains new features and capabilities designed specifically for today's consulting firms.
The new Consulting Edition of Vision was created by utilizing Deltek's more than 25 years of experience with project-focused businesses and gathering extensive input from hundreds of consulting services firms currently using Deltek Vision. Through this process, Deltek added new functionality around human capital management (HCM), client satisfaction analysis and workforce optimization.

Deltek Announces Consulting Edition of its Vision Product

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

IBM rolls out tools for non-techies, developers to build mashups

It is not clear if this is Cognos related, but given the fairly recent acquisition of Cognos, it would make a nice addition to Cognos Connection. At a Deltek User Conference technical session a few years ago, I had asked if there was an easy way to enable RSS feeds out of Costpoint data. The starter scenario was to allow project managers to view the latest accounting activity regarding their projects on their intranet launch page with an RSS feed. This would make data more accessible and allow them to catch erroneous charges without waiting for month end reports, running a Cognos report or even navigating to a Cognos dashboard. The presenter responded that generating RSS feeds would probably be in the Cognos reporting tools domain. The new mashup products below might take us closer to making this happen.

IBM unveiled two mashup products today, one designed to enable non-technical business users to quickly build new applications by melding data from various sources, and another that's positioned as a mashup development environment for technical users.

The first product, the IBM Mashup Center, is designed to allow any business user to drag and drop mashup components from personal, enterprise and Web sources to create new customized Web applications, IBM said. Planned to launch in beta on April 15, the Mashup Center also includes the management, security and governance features that IT departments usually require for the corporate use of mashups.

IBM rolls out tools for nontechies, developers to build mashups

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