Managing your organization with business intelligence involves adapting all of BI’s analytics data so that it’s instructional, rather than just informational. A daily weather report is helpful on a farm, but if you’re a farmer, you need practical guidance as to whether you should change your planting and harvesting strategies. With any other business, data alone can only go so far. It’s just now dawning upon organizations that the software they’ve been using to automate business processes or provide tactical guidance, is geared for an earlier era of data gathering and reporting. The need for modern business analytics (BA) has brought with it a wealth of new inputs into the organization, many of which common BPM software cannot immediately put to good use. Any infrastructure architecture that involves BPM, old or new, must utilize a layer of virtualization between the data warehouse (DW) and the process engine -- one that was not there before, and one which you may need other software to help make BPM “believe” it isn’t there at all.
Scott M. Fulton, III has chronicled the history of computing as it happened, from the unveiling of the Apple III to the undoing of MS-DOS to the rise of the cloud. Scott was one of the original online managers of the Delphi network (you remember modems, don’t you?), part of the original editorial team of Computer Shopper (you remember paper, don’t you?), the Senior News Editor at Tom’s Hardware and the original TG Daily (you remember... never mind), and for four years served as managing editor of Betanews. He’s the author of 17 books and over 5,000 articles printed worldwide in multiple languages. Scott also appears as contributing technology analyst on NTN24’s Ciencia, Salud y Tecnología. So basically, he has at least one finger in just about every medium, in hopes that maybe one of them will take root and bear fruit. You never know, something could happen. His fingers are crossed. (Which could explain the typing problems.) While he’s waiting, Scott and his wife Jennifer, herself a best-selling author (where do you think he gets it?), run Ingenus, LLC, an editorial services provider for technology and higher education publishers. Right now, their daughter is probably on Tumblr telling her friends how Dad keeps finding something new to go wrong with his VCR. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @SMFulton3.
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