SOURCE: Kalido

October 09, 2008 10:00 ET

Kalido Community Highlights Need for Smarter, More Dynamic Business Intelligence, Better Data Governance

Customers, Partners and Executives Connect at Annual Conference to Share Successes, Discuss Best Practices in Delivering Corporate Insight and Agility Through BI

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2008) -


-- Kalido, the active information management company, today announced the successful completion of its eighth annual Kalido Connect conference, where customers, partners and industry leaders gathered to discuss best practices for information management.

-- Discussions at the event centered on how companies can quickly and efficiently extend the benefits of business intelligence (BI) throughout their organizations to support dynamic business requirements.

-- In addition, conference attendees highlighted the need for strong, business-oriented data governance to address regulatory issues, as well as to improve overall information quality.

-- During the course of the four-day event, attendees heard from industry practitioners on market trends, business challenges and successful BI implementations.

Keynote Highlights

-- Kalido President and CEO Bill Hewitt opened by outlining the continued importance of getting the business user more involved and vested in the business intelligence process. As a result of this greater involvement, businesses now see less risk in using BI to solve a broader range of challenges than ever before. He also highlighted the role data governance plays in addressing persistent and changing regulations and in making better decisions overall.

-- Hewitt also outlined Kalido's business-model-driven BI vision, in which BI tools are developed to address the different needs of information producers, managers and consumers. This strategy is designed to put the right information in the right hands at the right time, even as information requirements change due to market, economic and customer conditions.

-- Humorist and Web Artist Ze Frank shared his unique personal story and discussed how today's technologies encourage the development of how a collaborative, iterative process can respond to unexpected changes and adjustments in the future.

Program Agenda

-- New to this year's program was a "Fireside Chat" Monday afternoon regarding the biggest issues facing businesses today and how IT can help address them. Moderated by Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine, the panel included Chuck Lewis, VP of information management at TD Bank; Steve Cembrinski, senior vice president of IT at New York Central Mutual; and Kalido CEO Bill Hewitt.

--  The panelists discussed how the current economic situation
    precipitates the need for companies to focus on smaller projects that can
    quickly deliver clear business results, as well as the need to maximize
    budget and current infrastructure through targeted business intelligence
    programs.
    

-- Customer presentations were delivered by a number of companies including Fannie Mae, Great American Financial Resources, Inc. (GAFRI) and Procter and Gamble.

--  Key themes from the customer presentations included the importance of
    data governance both by itself, but in particular in conjunction with
    broader BI programs.
    

-- Other highlights included breakout sessions where users were able to learn from their peers regarding best practices and suggestions on how they would like to see BI products evolve, including an active discussion on the differences between business and data modeling and a "hands-on lab" where customers were able to ask questions of experts and learn more about other Kalido products.

-- The conference ended with the ever popular "InfoShare" customer feedback session; where customers and partners collaborate to highlight and vote on the key features desired for future releases. This feedback, combined with feedback received from a number of other sources, has a direct impact on the product roadmap.

-- Kalido also recognized the most innovative implementations of the year, honoring customer Procter & Gamble with the "Kalido Champion Award." In addition, partner Axis Group was named Kalido Partner of the Year.

Quotes

Bill Hewitt, president and CEO of Kalido, said:

-- "If BI is going to work for companies, particularly dynamic businesses, it must provide rapid, accurate and actionable information that answers business questions, even as these questions change over time. By participating in Kalido Connect, our customers can learn from similar companies how dynamic BI solutions positively impact company performance, even during difficult economic times."

Olaf Thiemann, Project Manager Supply Chain Planning Solutions at Imperial Tobacco Group, said:

-- "Kalido Connect is an excellent opportunity to connect with other customers who have identified business intelligence as key to their companies' success. The ability to collaborate with other companies that believe in active information management, with strong and significant business involvement, is invaluable. It's a great learning and networking experience."

Brian Rensing, Business Process Architect at Procter & Gamble, said:

-- "This was yet another successful opportunity to share best practices in information management and learn how our peers and colleagues are successfully tackling the same challenges we face every day. By designing Kalido Connect as a fun and educational event, Kalido embraces both customers and partners in its work to provide BI solutions that provide value to the companies that count on them to improve overall performance."

About Kalido

Kalido delivers active information management for business. Developed through years of successful best practice implementations, Kalido's robust, business-model driven information management engine automatically feeds information to end users through their BI tools, making them more productive far more quickly and reducing internal costs. With Kalido, users never again have to wait for months to answer fundamental questions about business performance -- which products are selling, which customers are profitable, and which markets are most promising.

Kalido software is implemented at over 250 locations in more than 100 countries with market leading companies. More information about Kalido can be found at: http://www.kalido.com.

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