Category Archives: Enterprise Software

Google and Salesforce announce major business intelligence acquisitions

Less than a week apart, Google announced the acquisition of Looker and Salesforce announced the acquisition of Tableau. Both large companies have begun to realize they’ve never really addressed the need for analytics. They’re great at saving and organizing data, but neither has a suite worth anything to provide easier to use dashboards and analytics that are key component of business intelligence.

I have two brief articles on forbes.com discussing the announcements.

Mobile Advertising and AI

Last week I posted another Forbes article, this one focused on how artificial intelligence and machine learning can help companies in mobile marketing. The ad ecosystem is complex and there are a number of ways, from demographics to fraud protection, Where the advanced techniques can help. Check my articles page for a link.

SAP looks at blockchain and other options for distributed ledgers

While at SAP TechEd in October, I talked with people about artificial intelligence and other leading technologies. One conversation took me out of my core zone and into how the company is looking at blockchain and other ways of providing distributed ledgers. My latest Search Data Management article discusses what I learned.

ThoughtSpot Announces SearchIQ

ThoughSpot is an analytics company and they made a number of announcements at their conference this week. One that caught my eye was about SearchIQ, a new product for natural language processing (NLP). It layers text and voice query on top of their platform. Read more in my latest article on forbes.com.

Deep learning algorithms, and a short comment about SAP and Cloud

A couple of new articles over on the article page.

The first it almost a counter argument to the data problem I’ve previously discussed. It’s not enough to have good data if people can’t trust the algorithm.

Then, at SAP TechEd 2018, Bernd, Leukert’s keynote speech had one key element that showed me that the company was finally internalizing the ecosystem focus needed to thrive in the cloud versus the on-premises model they’ve used for decades.

Management AI: Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Natural Language Generation (NLG)

I’ve published another article in my Management AI series that’s a subset of my forbes.com column. This one is a high level introduction to natural language processing (NLP) and natural language generation (NLG).