Q&As


Q&A: Application Performance Management and the End User

Managing application performance is all about how the end user perceives performance, and current tech trends are having an impact on that perception.

Q&A: Understanding Private vs. Public Clouds

The president and COO of a managed services firm that offers private cloud computing explains the differences between public and private cloud computing and what each is best suited for.

Q&A: BI Technology Holds Special Promise for SMBs

Up and coming technologies including in-memory processing and column–based databases, combined with advances such as inexpensive memory and 64-bit operating systems, are finally promising affordable BI to small and medium-sized businesses.

Q&A: Cloud Computing's Pros, Cons, and Potential

Consultant and TDWI instructor Steve Dine talks with BI This Week about some of the ins and outs of cloud computing for business intelligence.

Q&A: The Truth about Private Clouds

Truths and myths about private clouds.

SaaS BI Continues to Draw Interest, Traction

A recent survey sponsored by on-demand BI provider Birst finds that nearly half of respondents would consider a BI solution delivered as a service. Top concerns remaining around SaaS BI are complexity of integration, security, and opposition from IT, the survey found.

Going Green: Symantec Practices What It Preaches

Can a company that promotes its products with "green" benefits actually demonstrate those benefits in its own shop? At Symantec, the savings were, indeed, impressive.



Q&A: Encrypting Flash and Solid State Memory Devices

How self-encryption works to secure data on flash and SSD drives.

Q&A: Survey Shows Organizations Overly Optimistic About Data Quality

Data quality remains poor at most companies, while data managers are surprisingly unaware of that -- and of the high costs of poor data, according to a survey on the subject.

Q&A: Open Source Continues Move into Mainstream

Open source software for business intelligence and data warehousing continues to grow in popularity, a recent survey finds, with 40 percent of respondents saying they have deployed or plan to deploy it this year.

Q&A: Clouding Computing Challenges, Risks, and Rewards

Cloud computing has changed as high-speed connectivity has improved and virtualization adoption has grown. We explore the current state of the technology and where it's headed.

Q&A: Getting the Most from Your IT Budget

Where should IT look for cost savings, prioritize projects, and estimate your potential savings?

Q&A: Using Analytic BI to Drive Sales

The former head of Siebel's sales analytics team explains how companies can forecast sales much more accurately using effective analytics.

UAC Changes and Windows 7 Security

What Microsoft's changes to user account control mean for the enterprise

Q&A: Segmentation in a Virtualized Data Center

Why segmentation is important and how policies can be set and enforced in a virtualized data center.

Q&A: End-to-End Transaction Tracking with Business Transaction Management

In today's environments, business transactions flow through multiple systems. Business transaction management eases your detective work when something goes awry.

Q&A: Meeting the Challenges of Database Security

Proactive steps you can take to safeguard databases from internal and external attacks.

Q&A: In-memory Databases Promise Faster Results

Recent technology advances are making in-memory databases more affordable, faster, and generally more feasible for a range of businesses. Kognitio's CEO explains the technology and how it is changing.

Q&A: Improving Software Quality

Moving beyond software testing to understand and measure the structural quality of the entire software system is the key to preventing software glitches.

Q&A: Getting a Handle on IT Hardware

Getting a handle on your IT servers can be difficult. We explain how one company tackled the problem.