All posts by: Fern Halper

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December 13, 2010

A Guide to Building a Metrics Driven Organization

Author:  Dr. Fern Halper, Partner Sponsored by PivotLink A guide describing what to consider when developing metrics.  The importance of metrics, how to think about metrics and KPIs, how to develop metrics, case studies of companies that were successful building out metrics strategies. Hurwitz_PivotLink_FINAL.pdf

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May 7, 2008

Text Analytics Report Update

Introduction and Objectives Last summer, Hurwitz & Associates published a benchmark study entitled, "Text Analytics: the road to Understanding your Company’s Unstructured Information". As part of this major research initiative in text analytics, Hurwitz & Associates surveyed over 100 large U.S. organizations (over $200 million in revenue) during 2007. The survey respondents included companies which […]

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May 30, 2007

Business Objects Acquires Inxight – the shape of things to come

On May 22, 2007 Business Objects announced its intention to acquire Inxight, a leading provider of text analytics technology.  The deal is expected to close in July.  This announcement comes on the heels of Reuters’ notice, earlier this month, to acquire ClearForest, another text analytics vendor.   So, what is the significance of the Inxight acquisition […]

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April 25, 2007

Can Software as a Service work for Business Intelligence?

Software as a Service (SaaS) has become an important option for many business applications.  The model is subscription based; users don’t pay a license fee and the service provider hosts, runs, and manages the software in a one-to-many model. Usually, the software can be implemented very quickly – much faster than a purchase software package.  […]

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March 16, 2007

Five Important Strategies for Text Analytics Vendors

Text analytics is a rapidly evolving market. Nimble new vendors are entering the space, incumbents continue to battle, and now technology giants are jumping in.  The technology analyzes unstructured text, identifying and extracting the relevant parts and then transforms it into structured information to be mined and analyzed. It is very compelling. Users of the […]

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November 27, 2006

Hurwitz & Associates surveys SOA Journeyers

By Carol Baroudi and Dr. Fern Halper, Partners   In September and October 2006, Hurwitz & Associates surveyed ninety-nine IT executives from companies in North America and the UK with a size of greater than 250 employees who had expressed an interest in SOA or web services. This independent research and analysis was sponsored by […]

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October 31, 2006

Text Analytics Meets Lead Generation to Provide a TrueAdvantage

by Fern Halper, Partner Introduction The name of the game in sales is obtaining high quality leads in order to improve the number of sales closed.  This can be a time-consuming process that involves research, buying lists of potential prospects, cold calling and a number of other activities. The ultimate goal is to identify information […]

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August 31, 2006

Enterprise Search Evolves

by Fern Halper, Partner In a recent newsletter – Patterns for success: Options for analyzing unstructured information – I briefly touched upon search technologies and stated that search is evolving and is converging with business intelligence.  This month I want to elaborate on how companies might use this new functionality and the implications of the […]

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July 31, 2006

Relief for the Data Mapping Headache

Exeros helps companies discover the relationship between data in different databases  By Fern Halper, Partner A typical large company may have hundreds of databases that were built for various purposes such as to support ERP, CRM, or e-commerce initiatives – but does the company understand the relationship of the data in one database to the […]

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June 21, 2006

Taking Charge of Dynamic Enterprise Information – Infogix Enables IT to Control their Enterprise Inf

Taking Charge of Dynamic Enterprise Information – Infogix Enables IT to Control their Enterprise Information By Fern Halper, Partner   Controlling the information flowing through an enterprise is critical Hurwitz & Associates believes that there is a disconnect between how companies implement business rules and ensuring that these rules propagate through their business processes.  This […]

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