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Financial Analytics in E-Commerce: Starting to Take Shape

The e-commerce market is entering a new period. After an initial phase during which companies focused largely on making their products and services available to potential customers via the Web, users are now trying to take a more comprehensive look at their deployments. Consequently, a new breed of ...

Oracle Q1 Software Sales Soar

Oracle's first-quarter software sales soared some 35 percent -- the largest year-over-year gain since the dot-com boom -- helping propel it past forecasts and prompting executives to declare that the company is gaining on rivals such as IBM and SAP. Oracle said it earned $840 million, or 16 cents pe...

Oracle Breezes Past Q4 Estimates as Acquisitions Pay Off

Oracle extended a run of strong financial performance with a blockbuster fourth quarter, outpacing estimates for growth and profit as CEO Larry Ellison's strategy of aggressively buying up applications vendors continues to pay off. Oracle earned $1.6 billion in the quarter that ended on May 31, comp...

Oracle Bolsters BI With $3.3B Hyperion Buy

Oracle has agreed to buy BI heavyweight Hyperion Solutions for $3.3 billion in cash. The move follows SAP's acquisition of BI vendor Pilot Software last month, illustrating the trend among ERP providers to enhance their operational backbone products with performance management, a subsector in the bu...

Profiting From Business Intelligence

When Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada decided to deploy a business intelligence package, the company was only looking to get its monthly paper sales data in a weekly electronic format. A little more than a year later, they're using BI to gain a competitive advantage in such tangibles as shelf place...

How To Make a Smart Business-Intelligence Purchase

In a nutshell, business intelligence (BI) provides end-user access to data and information so a company can analyze that information and do something profitable with it. Analytics, increasingly touted by CRM vendors, is a form of BI -- "and CRM analytics is a particularly targeted style of BI," said...

Gateway Dons Red Hat, Offers Linux

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), which develops and distributes commercial versions of the Linux operating system, has signed up PC manufacturer Gateway (Nasdaq: GTW) as an authorized reseller. Red Hat announced today that Gateway will now be able to install Red Hat's Linux-based operating system when ...

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