Cardiac Science Selects Pentaho to Streamline Information Integration

Cardiac Science, a leader in advanced cardiac diagnosis, resuscitation, rehabilitation and informatics products, selected Pentaho Data Integration Enterprise Edition to populate and maintain its enterprise data warehouse to provide the company's users with a consistent, unified source of information.

Cardiac Science has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Prior to the Pentaho deployment, accessing fundamental information across its multiple systems and data sources required constant IT involvement, creating a bottleneck in information access. Cardiac Science needed timely and accurate business information for marketing, sales, accounting and engineering quality and needed to find a smart way to archive a large, rapidly growing production database.

“We chose Pentaho after evaluating several providers," said Debbie Shapiro, data warehouse manager at Cardiac Science. "Pentaho provides the same or better functionality and more support versus the competition. They provide a lower total cost of ownership versus proprietary systems. We've been very happy with Pentaho Data Integration Enterprise Edition so far.”

Guang Dong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Launches IBM Health Record System

IBM announced the launch of a new suite of health care information sharing and analytics technologies at the Guang Dong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which combines the strengths of TCM and modern western medicine.

The first-of-a-kind system, dubbed CHAS (Clinical and Health Records Analytics and Sharing), is designed to enable the sharing of electronic medical records that incorporates TCM and MWM data across the hospital network.

“Our hospital has a long tradition of excellence, not only in medicine but in clinical research and teaching,” said Lv Yubo, president, Guang Dong Hospital of TCM. “We are committed to maintaining our exacting standards, and IBM’s CHAS technology is helping us do just that by moving us away from siloed, antiquated systems in favor of integrated, patient-centric processes.”

Centro Deploys Pentaho Business Intelligence

Centro, a leading online media services provider and technology firm, deployed Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition to integrate information from disparate systems providing ad hoc, on-demand reporting and analysis to its entire organization.

Servicing more than 450 advertisers through their respective agencies, Centro quickly outgrew its Excel-based reporting system and sought a more complete BI solution to drive better insight into operations and help steer strategic decision-making in today's challenging economic environment.

“We needed to deliver a business intelligence solution that would show immediate benefit by increasing efficiencies, containing costs, and helping drive revenue. By using Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition, we were able to do so in a fiscally responsible manner, and in today's economic climate that is of utmost importance," said Peter Schmidt, Director of Business Intelligence at Centro. "Not only have we built a solid foundation for future expansion, but we also have assistance from the actual development experts at Pentaho and its large community of users and contributors”

Kronos Improves Virtual Infrastructure Performance with Akorri BalancePoint

Kronos Incorporated, a leader in workforce management solutions, implemented Akorri’s BalancePoint software to gain visibility across virtual machines and storage, identify contention and bottlenecks, resolve performance issues and plan and manage capacity utilization.

“We initially selected BalancePoint because it gave us an immediate and active picture of the entire environment from virtual machine down through the supporting storage at the disk level,” said Michael Moran, senior IT manager for Kronos. “BalancePoint is easy to use, and we like that it’s an agentless tool. Recently, when we had a performance problem, it pinpointed contention on a particular LUN and enabled us to better organize that environment, which is something we never would have been able to do without the tool. Now we can address and prevent problems, while before we were guessing.”

Edible Blooms Grows Stronger and Sweeter With NetSuite

Edible Blooms, the fast-growing edible bouquet company that is expanding rapidly across Australia and New Zealand, is using NetSuite to power its end-to-end business operations from accounting/ERP to customer relationship management and Ecommerce.

Since going live on NetSuite in September 2008, Edible Blooms streamlined its operations significantly and gained unprecedented visibility into its business. NetSuite's on-demand, Web-based architecture has also enabled the company to move into new markets.

Edible Blooms is the brainchild of entrepreneur Kelly Baker. “My business advisor told me that if I didn't get a better IT solution, she would simply quit!” said Baker, founder and managing director. “She said it half in jest, but she was serious. Our whole premise in building this company was to do as much as possible with as few people as possible. We needed the best system out there. Once we learned about NetSuite, we realized that it was what we were looking for. It was the only way for a company like ours to growth and thrive.”

ITIS Improves Traffic Information Analysis with Dataupia

ITIS, a leading supplier of traffic and travel information for real-world applications, deployed the Dataupia Satori Server as its underlying data management solution.

Dataupia's data warehouse appliance allows ITIS to cost-effectively manage and access four years worth of data, representing 25 billion traffic flow records. With Dataupia, ITIS can leverage greater volumes of data and perform analyses on its current Microsoft SQL Server database 95 percent faster than previously possible.

“ITIS service offerings are built on proper data management and analysis. As such, we put a lot of time and research into choosing the most effective and efficient solution to improve our current data infrastructure,” said Thomas Shelton, director of operations, ITIS. “We evaluated multiple options and considered everything from increasing traditional storage capacity to migrating to a new database. In the end, Dataupia was the clear choice because its easy integration into our current Microsoft SQL Server environment prevented a costly ‘rip and replace’ of our vested infrastructure. Dataupia has gone above and beyond our expectations. We are already realizing measurable ROI from the Dataupia Satori Server and are confident that we are now utilizing our data to its fullest potential.”

National Center for Genome Resources Chooses Kognitio

The National Center for Genome Resources deployed Kognitio’s WX2 purpose-built database to handle the analytical processing of multiple terabytes of research data in order to improve human health and crop improvement through genome sequencing and analysis.

NCGR researchers who chose WX2 said they were impressed by Kognitio’s recognition of and focus on the growing importance of bioinformatics, and the company’s desire to play a leading role in enabling the next generation of genomic investigation.

“We realized that we needed a new database solution to increase the flexibility and the performance for our future plans,” commented Dr. Ernest Retzel, Program Leader at NCGR. “After looking at various options, we were impressed by Kognitio’s database technology, their understanding of the demands of organizations in the genomic space as well as their willingness to make our installation and deployment a success. We now have a solid partnership with Kognitio, and WX2 fits nicely into NCGR’s growth plans that involve multiple new projects that will call for data volumes measured in tens to hundreds of terabytes.”

The PrivateBank Goes Live on SunGard’s AddVantage 

The PrivateWealth Group at The PrivateBank implemented SunGard’s AddVantage asset management and trust accounting solution.

The PrivateWealth Group will use SunGard’s AddVantage to gain enhanced client and management reporting and investment management and assessment functionality. The Web-based solution will also help the PrivateWealth Group support business growth, helping it attract, service and grow client relationships.

Susan Vonder Heide, managing director and senior trust operations officer with The PrivateWealth Group, said, “SunGard’s AddVantage provides us with an operationally efficient solution with a simple to use Web-based interface and electronic forms. In addition to robust and flexible reporting, SunGard’s AddVantage provides straight-through processing with reduced trade touch points and real-time capabilities, as well as flexible and efficient data handling that saves us countless hours on downloading data and creating custom reports.”

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Selects JDA Software

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, the third-largest soft-drink maker in the world with brands including Dr Pepper, 7UP and Canada Dry, selected JDA Planogram Generator to more effectively manage categories and increase profitability.

“This solution is helping us differentiate ourselves from other vendors that lack the tools necessary to meet their retail customers’ growing demands for high-volume, store-specific planograms,” explained Craig Hodnett, vice president, category management, Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “With the support of JDA Planogram Generator, we will deliver a superior level of service and will be able to reallocate existing resources to more effectively manage categories and increase profitability.”

State of Maryland Stays Ahead of Criminals with Dashboard

The State of Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is using DataDirect Shadow with Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition as an essential technology solution behind its Law Enforcement Dashboard.

Commissioned by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, the Law Enforcement Dashboard is used by the State of Maryland’s law-enforcement personnel and agencies to lookup the criminal history of defendants and offenders. Prior to the creation of the Dashboard, the state had separate databases for its Division of Corrections, Division of Parole, State Police Gun Registry and Sex Offender Registry – each with its own sign-on requirements and search criteria for information retrieval.

“We did not want to pull dedicated IT and development resources away from existing projects by requiring system owners to write interfaces or standard APIs for various applications,” said Ron Brothers, CIO of DPSCS’s information technology and communications division. “DataDirect Shadow allowed us to deal with multiple databases on multiple platforms in an easy and intuitive fashion. The low latency and high performance delivered by the Shadow product and the robust functionality of the Oracle BI platform helped reduce project costs and tap into the full potential of the information available.”

Dellalui Selects PLM from Centric Software

Dellalui, the French manufacturer and marketer of men’s and women’s apparel, became the latest fashion company to purchase the product lifecycle management system from Centric Software, Inc.

Dellalui will use the product sourcing, calendar management and other modules of the Centric 8 PLM and sourcing system to capture, track and efficiently communicate information throughout the entire product lifecycle process, according to Maurice Kammoun, Dellalui’s managing director.

“To meet our rigid delivery schedules to customers throughout Europe, we must have – and share with everyone involved – precise information during every aspect of the process,” says Kammoun. With design and product management in France, manufacturing in Asia and retail clients spread throughout Europe, “getting consistent, reliable, up-to-date information to everyone in real time is critical. Centric’s Web-based platform makes that happen, simply and easily.”

Sportsman’s Warehouse successfully deploys ARC Retail Performance Management

Australian specialty sporting goods retailer Sportsman’s Warehouse announced a successful deployment of ARC Retail Performance Management Suite 5.8 to improve their business performance with data driven decision-making capabilities.

The specialty retailer had deployed ARC for its built-in decision-making capabilities for fashion merchandising business processes.

Sajat Mahajan, managing director at Sportsman’s Warehouse says, “Right through the deployment, we found the team’s approach professional, proactive and thorough, while also being flexible and considerate, especially with regard to speed of implementation. I have no doubt that Sportsman’s Warehouse will achieve better results in this tough economic climate, having access to, and utilizing ARC’s analytical capabilities.”

San Diego Supercomputer Center Selects eThority's BI Solution

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) selected eThority Enterprise Edition to address its business intelligence needs.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego, focused on developing and using high-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure -- an organized aggregate of information technologies including computers, data archives, networks, software and expertise -- to advance science. SDSC will be using eThority Enterprise to give its managers and business staff the ability to create their own ad hoc reports, reducing the report-writing burden on IT.

"After a comprehensive evaluation of available business intelligence products, we felt that eThority best met our organization's needs," said Cindy Lee, SDSC's manager of business applications."We needed a scalable solution with powerful reporting and analysis capabilities that didn't require extensive resources in terms of training, installation and management, and one that could be easily accessed and used."

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