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June 5, 2007 1:00 – 3:00pm EDT
OnDemand Business Intelligence – Accessing Your Data Via the Web with Software-as-a-Service
- Steve Williams, Senior Product Manager, Business ObjectsLearn More
- Scott Cohenford, Senior Analyst, Rapid Advance Learn More
- Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Managing Director, THINKstrategiesLearn More

Your organization’s ability to make key decisions based on timely and accurate information is a fundamental requirement to stay ahead in today’s competitive world. Until now, timely access to business intelligence has typically been available only to large enterprises that had the resources to install, deploy, and maintain on-premise solutions.  In addition, organizations have struggled with the challenge of accessing and analyzing data from inside and outside their organization – then sharing that insight securely with employees, customers, and partners.

All this changes with OnDemand Business Intelligence, by Business Objects.


Join us for this complimentary seminar and learn how a new generation of OnDemand - or Software-as-a-Service - business intelligence solutions make it easier for companies to compile and utilize data from multiple sources via the web to achieve their corporate objectives.

Attend this Xtalks seminar and learn:

  • What is OnDemand Business Intelligence?
  • How does it compare to traditional, on-premise solutions?
  • Can you combine existing data sources with OnDemand?
  • How safe is your data?
  • What are the criteria for selecting the right OnDemand Business Intelligence solution?
  • CIO
  • CFO
  • CEO
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Report Writing Mgr
  • Director, Manager, IT
  • Business Analyst
Business Objects

Business Objects is the world’s leading business intelligence (BI) software company, with more than 42,000 customers - including 80% of the Fortune 500 - and a network of more than 3,000 partners and resellers. The company’s BI platform, BusinessObjects XI includes Crystal Reports®, the industry standard for enterprise reporting. Business Objects is also the first company to provide an on demand business intelligence and reporting solution that includes secure, live connectivity to both on demand and local data sources, through any on-premise or web-based application. As a result of these advances, customers are empowered to work more accurately and efficiently from anywhere.


Steve Williams, Senior Product Manager, Business Objects

Steve has been with Business Objects for five years, working in three different Business Objects' offices worldwide with roles in both Product Management and Product Marketing management. His current focus is on developing strategy for the Software as a Service group at Business Objects. He has over 15 years in the software industry and holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA specializing in Management of Technology from Simon Fraser University.

Our division URL is: http://www.crystalreports.com/

Scott Cohenford, Senior Analyst, Rapid Advance

Scott has served as a Senior Analyst with RapidAdvance since June 2006. Prior to joining the Company, he worked as an Analyst at First Annapolis Consulting, a Mergers & Acquisitions advisory firm that specializes in the payments industry. He has also worked with numerous private equity groups and venture capital firms to bring emerging technology companies to the public markets. Mr. Cohenford has a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island.

Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Managing Director, THINKstrategies

Jeff Kaplan is the Founder and Managing Director of THINKstrategies (http://www.thinkstrategies.com/), a strategic consulting firm that helps IT enterprise decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their marketing strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies.

Kaplan is also the founder of the Managed Service Showplace® (http://www.msp-showplace.com/ or http://www.thinkmsp.com/) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Showplace® (http://www.saas-showplace.com/ or http://www.thinksaas.com/) free, online directories. THINKstrategies' online directories provide an easy-to-use listing of SaaS solutions by application and MSPs by service category, and extensive information and insight about industry best practices to help organizations fully leverage the growing array of SaaS solutions and managed services.

Prior to forming THINKstrategies, Jeff served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at InterOPS Management Solutions, an Internet Operations Management Services Provider. Before joining InterOPS, Jeff was Director of Strategic Marketing at International Network Services (INS) and subsequently Lucent Technologies, which acquired INS. Jeff also spent thirteen (13) years as a leading industry analyst at IDC, Dataquest and META Group.

Jeff is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributing columnist for BusinessWeek, Mass High Tech Journal, Financial Times of London, NetworkWorld, Business Communications Review, ComputerWorld, InfoWorld, InformationWeek, Managing Automation, the Web Hosting Industry Review and Services News on topics ranging from utility computing, managed services, outsourcing strategies, IT operations and service level management (SLM).

Jeff serves as the Site Guide for ITworld’s Utility Computing web portal (www.utilitycomputing.itworld.com) and is the Outsourcing Expert for TechTarget’s SearchCIO (http://searchcio.techtarget.com/) and SearchSMB (http://searchsmb.techtarget.com/) web portals, as well as the Offshore Outsourcing Best Practices (OOBP) Association, and SmartFundIT.com.

Jeff is also a Senior Advisor to Triple-Tree, LLC; a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium; a member of the SaaScon advisory board, the IT Services Marketing Association (ITSMA), the Software-as-a-Service Executive Committee of Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He has also served on the board of directors of AMR Research.

He has a BA in Urban Planning from Rutgers University and MBA from Boston College.

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