Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) - blog

  • Productivity, Innovation at the NHS - Windows Live

    Some interesting insights from Dan Rasmus on Productivity, Efficiency and Patient Care at the NHS. Measuring productivity gains in meaningful and tangible business oriented outcomes is an ongoing challenge. "It isn’t good enough to create correlations...
  • THE BI Blog : Tracking Swine Flu with Microsoft Virtual Earth and Live Search

    I'm quite certain that more people are trying to cure Swine Flu than will every catch it. I'm also reasonably certain I'll end up regretting saying that. However, its interesting to see how a multitude of more modern technology is being applied to the...
  • THE BI Blog : Microsoft Business Intelligence Vision and Strategy Slides

    I think our BI vision is one of the most clearly defined market visions Microsoft has. I also think that it is a market where we can really add value and change the dynamics of the market. Making BI commercially viable enough for every employee to utilize...
  • Is SharePoint the right investment, right now?

    This article from freshbusinessthinking.com would suggest it could be. http://www.freshbusinessthinking.com/business_advice.php?AID=2375&Title=SharePoint+Steers+Companies+Through+Economic+Downturn SharePoint forms the cornerstone of Microsoft's Business...
  • What CIOs Say About Innovation And Web 2.0 Tools - CIOs Uncensored Blog - InformationWeek

    Some interesting thoughts from InformationWeek. Collaboration is a challenge/solution/capability applied to a variety of business processes. One that's increasingly common is innovation. There's a very definite momentum gathering in the formalization...
  • THE BI Blog : Beyond Business Intelligence @ Microsoft CEO Summit

    Thanks to Pej for posting this one. It really is a good demonstration of how each of the five capabilities of BPI work best when they are applied together to provide this kind of synergy. It adds weight to the argument that you can't do BI without having...
  • What is Search?

    Examining the Oxford English Dictionary, there are more definitions than one might expect. It's no surprise, therefore, with so many definitions of "search" in the English language, that defining it in the context of a technology solution and...
  • Thanks for a great WPC

    Thanks to all the partners who attended WPC this year and to stop by the booth - especially those of you who were interested in more than getting their stars and their hands on our bouncing balls! I had some great conversations with people by the booth...
  • Are the risk averse most at risk?

    In IBM's "The Enterprise of the Future" there is a profile of "financial outperformers" and "underperformers" driven by research from the Global CEO Study series. This is accompanied by the statement "financial outperformers...
  • Jason Langridge's WebLog - MR Mobile! : How quickly do you expect a response on email?

    Good find by Jason. In line with my previous post, customers have far greater expectations on how rapidly organizations can react to their needs. That can range from delivering a product to replying to e-mail. One very powerful tool that BPI offers is...
  • Digital WPC

    Soon we will have all the WPC sessions online @ www.microsoft.com/digitalwpc The two BPI breakouts are "The Chemical Synapse" and "Sales Execution Packages - New Ways to Promote Cross-Capability and Integrated Business Productivity Platform...
  • Business Intelligence Is Not An Oxymoron - CIOs Uncensored Blog - InformationWeek

    I'm a little tardy picking this one up... http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/07/business_intell_2.html?cid=RSSfeed_IWK_ALL ... but I love stories like this. BI is very much a productivity exercise.  In this case it's more about...
  • CIOs On Cloud Computing - Cloud Computing Blog - InformationWeek

    There's been much press on this lately. We've long held that whilst there's a future in cloud computing and software-as-a-service, the current limitations in reliability and privacy mean a pure-play cloud solution is unlikely to ever be truly viable....
  • //steve clayton: geek in disguise : Unilever staff use Facebook

    Another good spot from Steve. I blogged about Software Consumarization before. The Unilever example is not atypical. Businesses from all walks of life are finding it challenging to integrate a digitally enabled workforce into an organization viewed...
  • Jason Langridge's WebLog - MR Mobile! : Nearly half of Britons suffer "discomgoogolation"

    Nearly half of Britons -- 44 percent -- are discomgoogolation sufferers, according to a survey, with over a quarter -- 27 percent -- admitting to rising stress levels when they are unable to go online. Interesting statistics. It appears that not having...
  • THE BI Blog : Boris Evelson of Forrester looks into his Crystal Ball and sees Gemini

    The BI Team are having something of an exciting week this week at the BI Conference. There have been a number of exciting announcements this week and it's great to see this kind of recognition from Forrester. One of the most important aspects of any BI...
  • Gemini Announcements

    You can check out the full release on our next wave of BI here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/oct08/10-06BI08PR.mspx It's great to see this kind of vision so early. And it's also incredibly timely. If the credit crisis has taught us anything...
  • Not that we haven't been saying it all along but...

    "BI applications do not exist in isolation - they are an integral part of what Forrester calls Information Workplace, which involves many other applications such as collaboration, portals, search, office applications and others. While many BI vendors...
  • Seth's Blog: The growing productivity divide

    Seth calls out a number of functions that most people could use to become more productive. Seth calls these out to call people to learn how to use the technology at their fingertips. He asks "Can you imagine someone who works in a factory that processes...
  • How CIOs Are Setting IT Strategy Amid Economic Uncertainty -- IT And The Economy -- InformationWeek

    With the endless resurrection of the "ghosts of 1929" I'm starting to believe that even the dead have failed to miss the economic events of the past few weeks. Typically, in times of economic uncertainty and downturn, IT braces itself for an uncomfortable...
  • Recession, recalibration or reset?

    While no one is under any doubt whether that we are now experiencing a set of economic conditions we have not experienced for a generation (if not more), there is a growing debate on the nature of these conditions and for how long we should plan for "recovery"...
  • THE BI Blog : Top 10 demos for Microsoft BI

    Somehow the BI team seem to corner some of our most exciting demos. Thanks to Nic for compiling this top-ten list in one place. http://blogs.msdn.com/bi/archive/2009/04/23/top-10-demos-for-microsoft-bi.aspx As a side note,  its worth noting that...
  • Welcome to the OBPI blog

    Welcome to the Optimize your Business Productivity Infrastructure blog. Over the course of the coming weeks and months we'll be publishing a variety of content to keep our readers abreast of new developments as well as posting content which extends...
  • What is this thing you call BPI?

    Good question. A Business Productivity Infrastructure is a surprisingly difficult thing to define. Right now we look at it as a convergence of what were previously deemed discrete applications/capabilities into a common platform. In Microsoft's terms...
  • Intelligent Insight on PerformancePoint : The road to business/IT alignment

    Kudos to Ben Tamblyn for discovering this. Business/IT Alignment is such an old (the article references all the way back to the 60's) problem that its almost unbelievable that it still isn't happening. That's not to say it never happens, but we shouldn...