Makosi Consultants Uses SAP BusinessObjects


Makosi, an international project management firm, is using SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions to provide better visibility into its work with global financial institutions. Makosi uses Xcelsius software, the SAP dashboarding and data visualization solution, to help its clients identify trading compliance risks and flag those that are most immediate and severe. 
"Before using Xcelsius, we knew we offered our clients the best consulting experts in the financial, accounting and operational consulting markets," said Darren Isaacs, chief executive officer, Makosi. "But what we didn't have was a way to track individual and overall progress, increase efficiency, and most importantly prioritize tasks by identifying trades that posed the highest risk to our broker-dealer clients."

Duty Free Philippines Selects JDA Software 


Duty Free Philippines, the country’s state-owned, duty-free retailer exclusive to travelers, has selected JDA’s Merchandising and Category Management solution suites to help achieve precision merchandising, maximize sales and profitably satisfy consumer demand.
Committed to meeting the shopping needs of local and international travelers, the $190-million retailer sells perfume, jewelry, liquor, tobacco, confectionary, cosmetics, electronic goods and other imported merchandise in its eight on-airport and off-airport locations throughout the Philippines. 
“Having the capability to secure the right assortment of products to the right locations and at the right time is vital to our success as a leader in the duty-free retail industry,” said Michael Christian Kho, general manager, Duty Free Philippines.

Railinc Selects Teradata 


Railinc Corporation is launching a new, state-of-the-art, Web-based business intelligence service. At the center of the new service is a Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance from Teradata Corporation. 
Railinc is implementing the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance to create an information portal for railroads, rail car and equipment owners, shippers and other members of the rail industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Initially, the new service will bring better visibility of rail assets and maintenance costs, and ease waybill management.
"Railinc knows more about the position, contents and health of the North American rail fleet than any organization in the world. We are building on this knowledge to launch a comprehensive suite of Web reports, bulk data services and custom analytics," said Railinc Vice President and Chief Information Officer Todd Bolon. "After evaluating other options, we believe that Teradata provides the best platform for us to develop this new reporting and analytics business unit."

Cradles to Crayons Improves Operations with Oco 


Cradles to Crayons, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that provides clothing, toys and supplies to children in need, has successfully deployed Oco’s business intelligence solution for advanced reporting and analytics.
"The Oco solution was up and running within a matter of weeks, so we were able to see the business benefits right away," said Lynn Margherio, CEO and founder, Cradles to Crayons. "The solution enables us in real time to understand the key performance metrics for our business. This capability has proven invaluable to our organization. Before we had the Oco solution, viewing the information contained within our databases was a painful and time-consuming process that taxed our limited staff resources. After implementing Oco’s BI solution, in seconds we can find the answers to just about any question we have." 

OfficeMax Selects the ParAccel


OfficeMax will use the ParAccel Analytic Database to enhance the company’s data warehousing environment.  
After extensive due diligence that included 12 other database products and concluded with an on-site proof of concept comparing two columnar-MPP database vendors, OfficeMax selected the ParAccel Analytic Database.  OfficeMax’s high-volume data processing workload required extensive and frequent tuning, and specific complex queries often took over six hours to complete.  In the on-site trial, the ParAccel Analytic Database ran these complex queries in less than 20 minutes and will ultimately augment the current environment with powerful ad-hoc capabilities.
“OfficeMax is excited about this partnership as it will provide our business the query performance we require in a scalable, cost-effective solution,” said Charlie Baugh, senior vice president of Information Technology for OfficeMax. 

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