Executive Q & A with Thomas Casselberry, Sr. Director, Product Development

As the senior director for product development at Noetix, where do you see opportunities for innovation within BI products?

The biggest areas in which I see opportunities for innovation are: Broader and better support for heterogeneous data sources, embracing the mobile user base regardless of on-premise or cloud-based deployment, more predictive analytics that are geared toward real-time decision making, addressing the ever growing need to include social media, and even making devices we use and rely on today smarter through the use of BI. Imagine appliances that are semi-self aware and can inform you of pending maintenance and provide information about how they’re used, cars that can let you know of upcoming traffic, adverse road conditions, impending storms, etc. And even toys that will interact with and help educate our children in real-time. The primary point is that we’re headed for another information explosion where even the everyday users of systems will be provided with, and the beneficiaries of, analytics done across vast pockets of information. The innovations surrounding the use of what’s called ‘Big Data’ today are small and will pale in comparison to the many innovations in the areas that I’ve listed. Rest assured that every innovation we see between now and then will itself lead to even more opportunities. It’s an exciting time to be in the BI space. Read more

Executive Q & A with Jon Amos, General Manager, Consulting

We recently caught up with Jon Amos, General Manager, Consulting, and asked him a few questions about the potential for growth in Professional Services, as well as plans for the year.  Jon has over 20 years of experience in Operational Management and Consulting, with a focus in Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Business Automation.  He currently manages the Consulting and Managed Services teams globally, with highly skilled people located in the US, UK, and India. Read more

Can BI truly be self-service?

QUESTION: Can BI truly be self-service?

ANSWER: There has been a lot of recent buzz about self-service BI. It’s an objective virtually every organization would like to achieve: let business users explore their data without the need for much support (or infrastructure creation) from IT. Read more

Executive Q & A with Joe Pesce, General Manager, Sales East & EMEA

We recently caught up with Joe Pesce, General Manager, Sales East & EMEA, and asked him a few questions about the new year, as well as what he thinks drives decisions in today’s BI market.  Joe has more than 27 years of IT industry experience, with sixteen years of selling ERP Applications and BI solutions.  In addition, he has built the Federal practice within Noetix. Read more

Executive Q & A with Daryl Orts, EVP, Products & Services

What are the top three business intelligence (BI) industry developments of 2012?

The biggest trends in the BI industry are the increased importance of:

  • Cloud Computing – (and related technologies) – Businesses are increasingly moving away from “on premise” technologies toward other offerings, including SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service), and IaaS (infrastructure as a service).  While there are arguments about what the term “cloud” means (and various levels of purity in that definition), there’s no disagreement that the transition to these services is on the rise.  Those changes are showing up in the offerings from all major BI vendors.
  • Mobile BI – Two major drivers – smart phones (especially iPhone and Android) and tablets (primarily iPads) – are moving businesses toward mobile.  With BI, business users are no longer content with delayed information and want increasing interactivity (and analysis capabilities) with the data they access through their mobile devices.
  • Big Data – Like “cloud computing”, Big Data is a term that elicits some debate about what it actually means.  Generally accepted definitions focus on massively large datasets, usually with both structured data (like databases and spreadsheets) and unstructured data (like Word documents, PDF files, and text streams).  Big Data creates new challenges in acquiring that data, organizing and storing it, as well as analyzing it; pushing traditional database, storage, and analytic technologies beyond their limits.

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I want to do a “like to like” conversion of existing Oracle Discoverer models into Cognos Framework Manager. Is it possible?

QUESTION: I want to do a “like to like” conversion of existing Oracle Discoverer models into Cognos Framework Manager. Is it possible? Does Cognos Framework Manager provide any options for importing the Discoverer models into Cognos directly?

ANSWER: This is an excellent question that reflects a reality that many customers face: the desire to change BI platforms while retaining some of the value of their existing investments. Read more

Executive Q & A with Jan Gomez, Vice President of Professional Services

After 11 years, Jan Gomez, vice president of professional services, is retiring from Noetix.  She has been an important part of the executive management team and will be dearly missed.  We caught up with Jan before she left to ask her a few questions about her tenure at Noetix, as well as what she has planned for the next chapter in her life. Read more

Executive Q & A with Doug Moore, CFO

What is the toughest part about being a CFO today?

Today, more than ever, the CFO is expected to have visibility into all aspects of the business and also to determine how deep to reach into each part of the business.  This expectation is driven from the huge amount of information that is now available to business decision-makers.  This is tough!  The level of this expectation, of course, varies by organization and even varies with changes in the leaders within the organization.  Read more