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Activity monitoring boosts data visibility

BI and EAI suppliers are tying message feeds with analytics to provide real-time visibility through business activity monitoring (Bam), an emerging technology that provides access to critical business performance indicators.

For example, the new version of Business Objects' BI suite, BusinessObjectsEnterprise 6, enables organisations to track, analyse and manage enterprise performance. The suite includes analytics, a BI platform, and data-integration software.

Other players are teaming up to integrate their platforms to offer activity management, and pure-play suppliers are moving to tap this growing market. Informatica and WebMethods rolled out a new Bam platform in April that integrates WebMethods’ Integration Platform with Informatica’sPowerCenter data-integration platform and PowerAnalyzer BI software.

EAI player Tibco has also embraced Bam with the newest version of its BusinessFactor, released earlier this year. The new iteration relies on a mix of business-process monitoring and BI tools to boost data visibility for business decision makers.

Activity monitoring is on the rise because of the natural synergy between EAI’s process integration and management and BI suppliers' data integration, which enables advanced analytics. As a result, enterprises can leverage end-to-end integration of complex enterprise processes coupled with real-time insight into those processes, said David McCoy, a Gartner analyst.

Heather Havenstein writes for IDG News Service


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This was first published in May 2003

 

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