The Role of MDM in the Developing IT Landscape

I recently read an article from Bob Violino about The Growing Complexity of Data Integration. The article is in regard to organization’s deprecating functionality traditionally supported by monolithic ERP systems in favor of best-of-breed, cloud and SaaS based applications. This fracturing of core ERP functionality will create an even more complicated IT landscape fraught with data integration challenges.  Read more

Are Graph Databases the Shiny New Object in MDM?

I recently read a great blog post on smartdatacollective.com, From Master Data to Master Graph by Peter Perera.  I found myself agreeing with almost everything in the post, particularly once I realised he was using terminology slightly differently to how we would here at Magnitude Software (in particular I suspect he and I think of different things when we refer to “MDM Applications”).  What’s interesting is that although I’m in broad agreement with the arguments made, I’m not yet convinced with his conclusion of the post (which as I understood it is that graph database technology is the best foundation for master data management systems). Read more

Essential Thinking for BI Requirements

In a recent TDWI interview, Jonathan Geiger, executive VP of Intelligent Solutions Inc, discussed how to improve the process of requirements gathering for BI projects.  Several things immediately stood out from the interview as his suggestions were quite consistent with the methodology and technology at Kalido.

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Executive Q & A with Magnitude Software Vice President of IT, David Haam

During the padavidhaamst year, David Haam steered Magnitude Software’s IT team through a challenging corporate merger and he is now gearing up for the rapid corporate growth expected in 2015. Read more

Executive Q & A with Kelly Williams, General Manager, Professional Services and Customer Success

l_kellywilliamsKelly Williams has been a part of the Noetix team since 2003 and has more than 25 years of experience in the consulting industry, focusing predominantly on Business Intelligence and Oracle technologies.  As the General Manager of Professional Services and Customer Success for Noetix, Kelly manages the delivery of services around the globe with a highly skilled team of professionals located in the US, UK, and India.

You are managing Noetix’s recently launched Customer Success Program.  Can you tell us a little bit about it?

This is a program we’ve wanted to initiate for several years.  It brings our various customer success initiatives together into one program that is targeted at making sure our customers achieve the ROI they intended when they invested in Noetix solutions.  We have stakeholders from across the company that meet with customers on a regular basis to obtain feedback so that we can continuously improve our products and services while simultaneously providing recommendations that assist customers with achieving their short- and long-term business goals and BI objectives. Read more

Executive Q & A with Jay Shipley, Director, Engineering

Jay ShipleyIt has come to our attention that you’ve been a bit like Santa in his workshop, crafting a big surprise.  Can you give us any details?

For years, business users have been using Microsoft Excel to analyze and share data.  It’s a very flexible tool, but is limited when it comes to protecting the data in your spreadsheets.  We routinely hear stories about people sending sensitive information within spreadsheets to the wrong people or tediously copying and pasting data into separate files for different audiences.  There are some options on the market for password protecting entire spreadsheets, but we were surprised to find that there really isn’t anything out there that helps protect the data itself. Read more

Noetix Exec Paul Winterstein Featured on RadiOAUG during Oracle OpenWorld

RadiOAUG-2We invite you to listen to the RadiOAUG interview featuring Noetix Director, Product Management, Paul Winterstein.  RadiOAUG features live interviews with presenters, exhibitors, and solution providers sharing tips and success stories on the use of Oracle products.  Earlier this week at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Paul chatted with RadiOAUG hosts Stone Payton and Lee Kantor about the benefits Noetix customers are seeing from using NoetixViews for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Subledger Accounting.  Click here to listen to the archived interview.

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

I was at a standstill on a blog that I alluded to in my previous Thick as a Brick submission when I ran across a similar theme from Jonathan Feldman on Information Week Global CIO, No One Likes Petulant Teenagers.  The premise that I alluded to was that many CIOs are in the business of damage control and thus have no bandwidth left to be visionary. Read more

Executive Q & A with Noetix President Doug Moore

We caught up with Noetix President Doug Moore after the recent acquisition to get his thoughts…

Why did Noetix agree to be acquired by Silverback?

As Noetix starts its 20th year in business, the last 12 years with venture capital investors, an exciting new chapter begins with Silverback ownership and the vision to see our unique solutions reach their full potential in the market.  Silverback is a well-financed business with expertise in acquiring and growing industry leading software companies.  From my early discussions with them, I was excited that this acquisition would propel Noetix forward in its growth strategy while maintaining its focus on the current core business. Read more

Executive Q & A with Michael Huffines, Noetix General Manager, Sales Central and West

From what you’ve seen in the field, why do data warehouse projects fail?

For the past 16 years I’ve been involved in the data warehousing / business intelligence industry.  I’ve seen an amazing amount of progress and yet, nearly every day I meet with a potential customer that has fallen victim to one or more of the major pitfalls inherent to data warehouse initiatives.  Here are some tips to avoid common mistakes. Read more