|In This Issue
|SAP and D&B
|Powerize Your WF
The WF Book
| SAP is the only major
vendor who is courting content providers for links into their systems. Last month, we
reported that SAP and ACNielsen have an alliance that supplies the SAP
Business Information Warehouse with external marketing information from several ACNielsen
This month, SAP forged an alliance with Dun & Bradstreet
to support both AP and AR functions within R/3, along with data cleansing based on the
D-U-N-S company identifier.
| A three-day seminar on Web
Farming launches next month. Sponsored by DCI, it is offered on
the following dates:
23-25 in Chicago
- September 15-17 in San Francisco
- November 10-12 in Dallas
For full details, see the online
brochure. Seminars in Rome and Brussels are planned. A one-day pilot
seminar was held in Colorado last week. Thanks to the 24 persons who critiqued the pilot
Resource of the Month
| IBM has launched an
XML resource called
xCentral that specializes in
indexing XML documents, DTD schemas, and XML newsgroups. xCentral is hosted within IBM's
XML developer site.
Has Been twURLed!
| Check out the technique and
service offered by Susan Gerhart of ROI. It is an analyst-driven
organizer of URL links associated with a topic. For example, the topic "Web Farming,
Data Warehouse, and Richard Hackathorn" was twURLed. Susan used a
meta-search to generate 3000 links, did rough filtering to reduce it to 700 links, and
then judged that 450 links were qualified. These links are then reported in two ways:
hierarchical on URL ownership, and vocabulary on keywords used. See the section on
"What does this tell us."
Susan plans to repeat this analysis in mid June to document the
evolution of Web Farming. Should be interesting!
| Peter Drucker again
pushes executives to consider 'outside' information. In an interview for Context
Magazine, Drucker is quoted as: The biggest information need is not computer
and technology. It's a method for gathering and understanding information from outside the
company and especially from outside traditional markets.
Drucker noted the penalty for not being aware of outside
information is severe. A client of his experienced a drop in market share from 60% to 20%
in four weeks from a new competitor from Finland. It was total surprise.
Portals & EIP
| A new service, CorporatePortal.com, focuses
on the new area of Enterprise Information Portals or EIP. It is offered
by several software vendors, such as Plumtree, Broadquest,
Information Advantage, and Intraspect.
Via this site, two white
papers on EIP are available. Written by Colin White of DataBase
Associates, the papers describe EIP with a framework for decision processing.
| Powerize Server of Powerize.com
is an EIP with strong web content links. Content from Dialog, Infonautics,
and NewsEdge can be managed with data from internal sources.
For several industries, PowerPaks are offered to highlight critical
information. It uses Objectivity for its database and IONA Orbix for CORBA connectivity. A
paper on The Powerize Service is available.
Info Viz - Finally!
| NewsMaps is a news service by Cartia,
the developers of Themescape. This service daily collects items for the U.S., global,
business, and technology news and displays these items on a 2-D typo map. Clusters of
similar items appears as mountains, while valleys are areas having few items.
This is a great way of checking out the Cartia product. Browse through
the topic list, drilling down into individual items. Hint: For IE5, disable script
debugging in the advanced options.