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Introducing SlashBI

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the check-it-out dept.

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By now you’ve noticed that Slashdot is growing. We recently introduced Slashdot TV, which offers up everything from “amateur” rocket launches to the return of Leisure Suit Larry. We revamped our newsletters. Now we’re launching some new sites devoted to very specific corners of tech. Our first one, SlashBI, focuses on the fast-changing world of business intelligence, and features articles and opinion pieces on everything from how Big Data and analytics could make salespeople extinct, to B.I. apps for your iOS device, to choosing the right database for a business. No matter what your background, chances are good you’ll find something of interest here. Swing on over, give it a look-see, and let us know what you think.

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SlashBI (2, Insightful)

StarTrekGirl (2629509) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855811)

So Slashdot is turning into a blog site? Cmdr. Taco left because he wasn't happy with GeekNet's "ambitions" about the site? When do we get SlashHomo? There's so many questions to be asked...

Re:SlashBI (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855873)

So Slashdot is turning into a blog site?

Slashdot was a blog site before there were blog sites.

Re:SlashBI (5, Funny)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855913)

SlashBI - News for Bisexual nerds. Stuff that matter.

Re:SlashBI (-1, Offtopic)

venom85 (1399525) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855953)

Ahh, beat me to it. That was the very first thought that popped into my head when I read the summary.

Re:SlashBI (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856005)

Can I suggest the sub-site SlashBiCurious, since some of us aren't really into BI but want to know more about it.

Re:SlashBI (0, Offtopic)

rezalas (1227518) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856159)

You know after spending some time in SlashBI curious george wasn't nearly as curious.

Re:SlashBI (0)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856445)

I want SlashBacon now.

Re:SlashBI (2)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856101)

I remember when the term web log (blog) was first used to describe Slashdot in the late 1990s.

Re:SlashBI (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856119)

Next in line, SlashBS where we repost all the bullshit we posted last week so you can complain about dupes all day!

Re:SlashBI (1, Offtopic)

tibit (1762298) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856251)

Business intelligence. Sounds oxymoronic to me, at least if applied to many among Fortune 500.

Re:SlashBI (2)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856311)

Well... They're among Fortune 500 - They must be doing something right.

Re:SlashBI (0)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856379)

Well... They're among Fortune 500 - They must be doing something wrong.

FTFY.

Re:SlashBI (2, Informative)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856383)

I think Bill Hicks was right, about what they should do...

Business Int (3, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855841)

Business Int
Capitalist glint
Of shiny chin
Fit to print
Burma Shave

SlashBI (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855843)

Not to be confused with /b/

Err.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855847)

Today is May 1st, not April 1st..

I'm going the way of Malda (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855855)

Im outta here. It's been a good 10 years, but this reminds me of when Coke changed their formula. It's been fun guys, but I is outta here.

Re:I'm going the way of Malda (5, Funny)

PGC (880972) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856027)

But AC, you are the most active poster here. What would this site be without you... ?

Re:I'm going the way of Malda (4, Funny)

million_monkeys (2480792) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856105)

Im outta here. It's been a good 10 years, but this reminds me of when Coke changed their formula. It's been fun guys, but I is outta here.

Anonymous Coward! Nooooooo!

What will we do without your countless comments on every story? Even when the story was stupid and no cared, we could always count on you to pop in with something to say, even if it was only a "first post!". (I know you got modded down for those "First!!" posts, but somebody had to get the ball rolling and you were always there when no one else was.) You've been tireless in you support of this site, and we've never really thanked you for it.

We're gonna miss you, old friend.

Re:I'm going the way of Malda (2)

rezalas (1227518) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856205)

Don't fret, AC is a bipolar schiz with DID. While one personality shuns us, there are surely thousands of others that will continue to contribute greatly to the body of /. knowledge and social atmosphere.

SlashBI? (3, Insightful)

wjcofkc (964165) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855857)

Perhaps "BizSlash" or "SlashBiz" would sound a little more relevant? My first though was "Oh great now we have a dating site for alternative lifestyles?" Past that I'm all for expansion, just please watch your step.

Re:SlashBI? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855885)

My first though was "Oh great now we have a dating site for alternative lifestyles?"

My first thought too.

My second thought was "Hot Horny CowboyNeal".

My third thought was to see what sort of bulk deal I could get on Memory Bleach.

Re:SlashBI? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855967)

SlashBizInt - SlashBI really sounds too much like like a fetish...

Re:SlashBI? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856001)

SlashBI - Superman fucking Katniss and Harry Potter at the same time.

Re:SlashBI? (4, Funny)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855997)

Yeah that was my first thought scanning it, "Slash Bi", "Leisure Suit Larry", "Swing on Over"...
 
To quote the simpsons:

Fox turned into a hard core porn station so gradually I didn't even notice

How soon until Slashdot goes NSFW when they realize they can triple their profits by using a combination of their high google page rank and streaming cut rate porn instead of hawking News For Nerds, Stuff That Matters?

Re:SlashBI? (1, Offtopic)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856017)

instead of hawking News For Nerds, Stuff That Matters?

Oh, they gave up on that even before Google ditched "don't be evil." Though even bad porn would be an improvement over the constant troll articles and slashvertisements we get now.

Re:SlashBI? (5, Funny)

Howard Beale (92386) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856409)

Slashdot - Nudes for Nerds, Sluts that Matter?

2012: The beginning of the end (4, Insightful)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855859)

Eventually Slashdot will be nothing but a brand; a collection of minimally-viewed tech blogs that are finally sold to a media company and rolled into their large collection of robotic advertising delivery channels.

Re:2012: The beginning of the end (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856049)

So the Maya were right?

April Fools (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855863)

Haha, nice try, but April Fools was a month ago guys!

Here we go (5, Insightful)

Anrego (830717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855865)

I don't even have any specific objections... this just feels wrong somehow. Maybe I'm cynical or just following the trend of slashdot pulse, sponsored "ask slashdot", slashtv, etc.. but this feels like when a big company buys out some site you like and runs it down the drain. Obviously that's not exactly what happened here, but I'm starting to think Cmdr. Taco leaving had the same effect.. like maybe he was holding back this tide.

Right now it feels like the "gliding on legacy" phase.. coming soon is the "trying to gather new audience" stage.. then the "please come back, we're still cool and returning to our roots stage" and finally .. acceptance and forgiveness.

I hope I'm wrong. I'd love to see slashdot return to its former glory.. or at least turn into something better than what it was. It managed to turn back from it's "digg" path a few years back.. maybe it can do the same here.

Re:Here we go (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856015)

It feels like they're flailing around at random, to be honest.

SlashTV is wrong in one sort of way for the existing culture, but could be a deliberate attempt to take the site to a mass (from my perspective down market) audience.

This is wrong in a different way for the existing culture, but could be a deliberate attempt to take the site to a different niche (but maybe more profitable?) audience. The slashdot poll about teleporters or whatever looks completely wrong on the new page.

While moving in either direction would probably lose the existing user base it might also be profitable in principle. Trying to go in both directions, however, is probably going to be a disaster all round.

There's no sense of strategy or direction.

Re:Here we go (2)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856019)

Can we just skip to the "please come back, we're still cool and returning to our roots stage" and finally .. acceptance and forgiveness." stage?

Re:Here we go (4, Insightful)

Anrego (830717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856103)

Problem is slashdot has a huge legacy to ride out. People like me who've checked slashdot as part of their daily morning/lunch/whatever routine for in some cases over a decade and corny as it sounds, have lots nostalgic memories from past discussions. It takes a long damn time for that to erode away (see also: the simpsons).

Re:Here we go (2)

Ogi_UnixNut (916982) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856455)

Plus it would help if there was an alternative that was as good a place for conversation with nerds from many ages and skills, with a decent moderation system (for all its flaws) and a site design that doesn't make want to rip my eyes out.

Anything out there?

Re:Here we go (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856123)

On the plus side, at least they won't be junking up the main feed with MBA spoonfeeding.

Re:Here we go (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856301)

I pretty much see him as Atlas, he was trying so hard to keep the sky from falling.
But he's only one man, and eventually he just gave up and let it fall.

Re:Here we go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856303)

I'm guessing I would've heard about it if it existed, but does anything else out there like Slashdot-that-was exist now that's actually any good? If I could find a replacement site for news and some of the (classic) conversations that happen here, I'd swap it out for Slashdot on the daily destinations list.

Re:Here we go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856411)

The closest that I know of is hackernews from ycombinator

slashdot news vs SlashVertisements (5, Interesting)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855867)

How much of this will be paid content?

Re:slashdot news vs SlashVertisements (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855935)

How much of this will be paid content?

All of it?

It's purely a marketing channel. How long before this shit starts appearing on the front page?

Not much content, eh? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855877)

Why are the same five stories repeating over and over again?

Ladies and gentlemen, the future of journalism. If people don't read your story, just scream it over and over until they finally start to pay attention.

Re:Not much content, eh? (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856007)

Flip-flopper!!! ;)

Great name! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855901)

Did you buy the domain from the a bisexual slashfic site?

BI? Really? (2)

devnullkac (223246) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855911)

I'm usually one to let this kind of thing slide (so to speak), but if this topic is meant to be at all serious, SlashBI is hardly a serious name. B.I. will only last so long before it withers under the ridicule. I strongly suggest something like "BusInt".

And I'm done (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855915)

This site is nothing like what it used to be, and it's no longer something I enjoy reading anymore. Bye!

Jumping the shark (3, Interesting)

discord5 (798235) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855919)

Dear slashdot editors and admins,
Please google the term "Jumping the shark". It is a concept you might want to familiarize yourself with. Oh hell, I'll just link it for you [wikipedia.org] , since using google might be too geeky. Note that it doesn't necessarily involve actual sharks (nor any laser attachments to said sharks).

Lose touch much with your core demographic lately?

Big Data Big Data.... (2)

hackula (2596247) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855929)

Big Data Big Data Big Data Big Data... Big Data Big Data Big Data Big Data...

Throw in some buzzwords, fine; but don't use the same fucking one over and over again!

This will go down well...lulz (4, Informative)

mrpacmanjel (38218) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855939)

Slashdot is a different beast now.

I've been following Slashdot since the 90s and it just seems to be evolving into another unfocused blog.

I loved reading Slashdot everyday(mostly!) but it just is not the same anymore.

As a geek I felt I belonged to a site like this and felt very comfortable here. It's also one of the very few sites where I can be arsed actually commenting on anything.

But over the past few weeks the story submissions are becoming less relevant to me now and Slashdot has become a less interesting place to be.

Not to mention this new "B.I. feature" contains a link to "choosing the right database for your business" - yeah telling a site full of IT geeks how to choose the right database is a "smart" thing to do (even from a "business" perspective) - how patronising!

Re:This will go down well...lulz (4, Insightful)

xianzombie (123633) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856191)

I too started with Slashdot in the late 90's (closer to early 2000 I suppose).

Life/work got in the way, so I quit following the site. I finally came back about 6 months or so ago, mostly lurking.

Now I get the feeling most of the articles are aimed at getting page views. If it weren't for the comments section, I think I'd be just as well off looking at the stuff from Fast Company.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to clean up the vomit.

*close tab* (4, Insightful)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855945)

"No matter what your background, chances are good youâ(TM)ll find something of interest here."

Nnnnnnope.

Re:*close tab* (4, Insightful)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855977)

That was cut and pasted from your summary into your comments box. How about less pratting around on stuff nobody wants and more fixing the basics?

(And how damn long do I have to wait before I can post another comment? Excellent karma and apparently I can't be trusted not to flood the board. All I'm good for is ad eyeballs, it seems.)

No need for "News for Nerds" anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39855947)

We'll just have "We've noticed customers who posted comments similar to yours were interested in the following products and services...."

Sorry (1)

benjfowler (239527) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855949)

Had to check my watch to see if it was April 1st.

This place certainly HAS changed since the days of CmdrTaco.

Worst domain name since... (0)

Howard Beale (92386) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855951)

ExpertSexChange.com

Re:Worst domain name since... (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856099)

Oh, no, I though "amateursexchange.com" was a lot worse.

Time for a new "Eternal September" (3, Funny)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855957)

Perhaps, "Eternal right-after-commander-taco-leaves?"

Quality? (2)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 2 years ago | (#39855963)

So is there actually some effort being put into SlashBI or are you attempting to subject MBAs and CEOs to poorly written summaries quoting irrelevant blogs trying to get page hits rather than reputable news sources?

While you're at it did you actually hire an editor worth a damn or are we to expect crap headlines, spelling mistakes, extreme bias, opinions in the summary, and how could I forget everyone's /. favourite; dup articles that are always 3 days behind the actual news?

Hardly a source for decision making information (2)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856003)

I like Slashdot. Frequently, there's interesting, if not somewhat bizarre, discussions on this site. Plus there are quite a few highly educated people who hang out here and throw in some interesting comments now and then. But Slashdot is not (at least to date) a news site. It's more of a tabloid. Not to say that there is anything wrong with that but to use Slashdot as a source of serious information? Not unless serious vetting takes place for the stories posted here.

Good idea (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856011)

Finally a place for the uninteresting stuff, so they don't have to put it up on the front page.

Better/Customisable Layout? (1)

stevenmu (1139869) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856021)

I like the concept, and it's relevant to my line of work so I'll probably be keeping a regular eye on it. But the layout is pretty awful, the two-uneven-columns approach really doesn't do it for me. It's hard to read, and particular it's hard to read one article summary then just move on to the next. Could it not just use the normal slashdot style single list ?

We'll see how it does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856025)

As it is now, it reminds me of a lot of stuff that comes across my desk ... polished but not actually useful. If it attracts contributors, readers and commenters, that will change. Good luck.

Did grandma write this summary? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856031)

"Swing on over, give it a look-see, and let us know what you think."

I think I was just sick in my mouth a little bit.

Holy crap (5, Informative)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856033)

Has anyone actually looked at that site? Holy crap, that's all I can say. I'm floored. It has all the appeal to a longtime /. reader of a piece of dog shit on your shoe. I'm having a hard time understanding how it even came to exist. I'm actually really depressed now.

Re:Holy crap (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856265)

It's probably an April Fools joke, just a month late.

"Leverage" Seriously? (4, Informative)

bazim2 (625704) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856041)

Ddd someone just use the word 'leverage' in a article title? Surely not! http://slashdot.org/topic/bi/shortage-of-b-i-talent-a-critical-hurdle-in-quest-to-leverage-big-data/ [slashdot.org] And what are those silly stock photos all about? I'm not sure I recognise the model of computer in the linked article.

Re:"Leverage" Seriously? (1)

zidium (2550286) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856297)

That page looks like your average amateur free template page, to be honest.

What I think (5, Insightful)

Jim Hall (2985) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856051)

I think Taco exited at the right time. Also, I think I might be spending less time here, if Slashdot has started focusing on keywords like BI, and away from the core idea of "News for Nerds, Stuff That Matters", which is why we joined the site in the first place & kept coming back.

Why would I go elsewhere? (1)

hmmm (115599) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856053)

Why would I go to another site, when the greatest source I've ever found for an exchange of real world technical opinions on enterprise IT is found right here? I might as well be reading one of the industry magazines if I wanted PR blurb.

Stopped reading at "Slashdot is growing" (2)

briglass (608949) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856057)

Clearly false... lurking since 1998

loss of focus (5, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856059)

Instead of doing more stuff, how about doing the stuff you should be doing better?

There have been complaints about the editing and story selection - the core aspects of /. - for many years now. It may not be true, but this second side-project feels like confirmation that one of the reasons this has never been fixed is that you're simply trying to make more money with more stuff.

I have taken a good look at this new offshot, and I can guarantee that it's the last look I have ever taken on it. I simply couldn't care less, even though I am the CEO of a small company, so I'm right there in your target audience.

But I don't come to /. for "business intelligence" (more on that in a second) and I don't expect any from /. and I don't trust /. as a source of any. One of the reasons loops back to the beginning: If you are not doing an excellent job in your core business, why should I expect you to do a good job in an offshot project?

As for "business intelligence" - that crap is a dime a dozen. If you want to enter the market, do something different. Like actual intelligence. The word largely means "information" these days, but it should mean more than that. A good intelligence source requires really good editing. And that is not exactly a strength of /.

I hope this dies a quick death and you will learn that you need to make your core business brilliant before even thinking about doing anything else.

April^H^H^H^H^H May Fools! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856067)

Was this posted a month too late? Please?

SlashPHB (5, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856069)

Quick-hit tech items... check.
No context... check.
Lots of buzzwords... check.
Lots of random, cool-looking stock photography having nothing to do with the stories... check.

Why not just call this SlashPHB and be done with it?

Re:SlashPHB (3, Funny)

Jessified (1150003) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856281)

May Fools on you!!!

Why wait a whole year? Gags now on the first of every month!

Re:SlashPHB (1)

million_monkeys (2480792) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856317)

SlashPHB and be done with it?

I'm gonna guess that the people who dreamed up SlashBI don't understand the PHB reference.

Re:SlashPHB (1)

zidium (2550286) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856319)

They had to use a free web template! You know! The Budget!

Re:SlashPHB (4, Informative)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856355)

By the way, if anyone's looking for an alternative site with a good community, check Hacker News [ycombinator.com] . I've been reading it a lot more recently. It's not quite the same thing as Slashdot (less generic / IT geek, more startup / entrepreneur geek) but it's a decent addition or substitute, if it comes to that.

ooh goodie... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856075)

Some clever dickens has decided that nerds need to take more of interest in business... Jolly good. Absolutely. We spend all bloody day trying to give a sh*t about whatever cock-eyed scheme the businesses we work for are concocting to wring yet another dollar out of people who usually don't deserve it, and now we're going to pollute one of those precious little places were we can come to just be nerdy, for interest and fun, with more of the same tripe we deal with all day?

And BI? Of all things?

2 week strike slashdot - I'll be back in 2 weeks, if this hasn't gone away, I'll take my page views elsewhere.

Slash-DIGG! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856087)

LOL. Slashdot is dead.

Doesn't ring true (4, Insightful)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856093)

No matter what your background, chances are good you’ll find something of interest here

If you really believe that then why does it need a separate site? You could just post it on Slashdot with everything else.

Wait... (0)

thexile (1058552) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856125)

Just go fuck yourself. Who is/are the idiots who come out with all these nonsensical ideas?

This has got to be a joke (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856129)

Was this meant for april 1?

More like Slashfail (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856131)

You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content.

This is supposed to be a website for nerds and they keep using technology from the 1990's.

Late April fool's joke? (0)

OttoM (467655) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856145)

Dunno if I should laugh or cry

Someone has to say it. (0)

theswimmingbird (1746180) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856153)

lol

Good idea, bad execution (2)

hessian (467078) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856157)

Instead of trying to make add-ons to Slashdot, or other slashdots, expand the categories available for article posting and let us filter them by what we want to see.

The frontpage is already populated with stuff that's far from "news for nerds," and most of us like it that way. Just make /. the news aggregator for people with IQs higher than their sock sizes (as opposed to Fark, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, etc.)

Personally I enjoy the mix that Slashdot brings out. It's anything a nerd/geek would find interesting and want to hack on. Even if that's in the world of economics, big data, academia or inter-species love.

Now I'm Slash BI-curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856189)

Queer eye for the tech guy.

Verifier: "retrains" I don't like where that is "head"-ing....

No Credibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856201)

Ok, I'm your target market here, I'm always looking for BI sources for things but frankly, you can't maintain the quality of submissions with basic editing, I'm not about to take heed or put much faith in anything you push down your channel.

Design? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856213)

One of the things I like about slashdot is the single column template (with all the content in one column). The new template looks like it was designed to make it as hard as possible to find the useful information on the page.

Transcript (4, Informative)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856243)

Title: Slashdot's SlashBI: All Your Busines Intelligence Info in One Place
Description: SlashBI is a new site for the latest in business intelligence news and analysis, created each day by the industry's top experts, and produced by Slashdot.

00:00) <TITLE>
A small picture of "Nick Kowalski - Senior Editor, Geeknet" appears over a screenshot of the Slashdot website featuring the "Bitcoin Mining Startup gets $500k in Venture Capital" story which slowly zooms out.

00:00) Nick>
Slashdot is growing.
We have exciting new sites in the works.

00:04) <TITLE>
The backdrop changes to that of a blurred view of the SlashBI page, that slowly becomes sharper, featuring the post "B.I. Analysts: Start with the Right Questions, Then Use Tools".

00:04) Nick>
The first one, SlashBI, focuses on the fast-changing world of Business Intelligence.

00:11) <TITLE>
The view changes to that of a post with a tree graph from the "Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are driving the need for more storage." article.

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Its articles and opinion pieces, which are created by a mix of technologists and experts, field everything from BI fundamentals for businesses [...]

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[...] to choosing the right database.

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SlashBI will also feature videos of developers and other notable figures in BI.

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More companies than ever are relying on Business Intelligence apps that collect and analyze data.

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With this information in hand, executives can make more informed choices [...]

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[...] about everything from marketing and sales to production.

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Rapidly growing areas of Business Intelligence include predictive analytics, datamining and performance management.

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Research from IDC predicts the big data market will grow from $3.2B in 2010 to $16.9B in 2013.

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That's more than enough information growth to supercharge the BI sector.

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SlashBI's news stream will keep up-to-the-minute track of the latest acquisitions and software releases, [...]

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[...] while its analysts and pundits offer a big picture view of the action.

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So, all the intelligence you'll need on Business Intelligence.

No background-color defined (4, Informative)

amaupin (721551) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856261)

You haven't defined a background-color for the body element, so it defaults to transparent. That means users will see whatever color they've told their web browser to default to as a background-color. No doubt you meant the site to have a white background, but you need to specify it. Browsing with an off-white color as my default, SlashBI looks pretty bad...

Rookie css mistake that is embarassingly common.

No Focus..... (1)

who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856315)

It looks like you just added articles with the words Business Intelligence or B.I. to the page. I need a way to filter, to get articles that are pertinent to ME.

So long (2)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856335)

and thanks for all the fish.

If I were Slashdot (5, Insightful)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856345)

If I were in charge of Slashdot, I'd rather concentrate on improving the quality of the posts - the summaries are eye-bleedingly horrid in every aspect. The only reason anyone ever comes to /. is the quality of some of the replies in the thread. That is, it's the readership that makes Slashdot valuable.

Piss off your readership, and you pissed away Slashdot - since the quality of the content is otherwise rubbish.

Am I the only... (3, Funny)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856363)

...slashdotter which works with BI and find this interesting?

Editors, my ass (1)

tibit (1762298) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856403)

Dear Slashdot Editors,

Please spend some time getting intimate with a writing course. Such as this one [thegreatcourses.com] by prof. Armstrong. Come back when you'll have a clue.

Sincerely,
tibit

PS. Prof. Armstrong is geeky. She is quite rational and measured in her speech, even if that means many /. "articles" would make her barf.

Flash Fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856405)

I understand on AllthingsD maybe, but here?

Spinal Tap Mark III Jazz Oddessy (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39856459)

I hope you like our new direction....

Oh man, I missed the slide show! (1)

drafalski (232178) | more than 2 years ago | (#39856477)

This page is having a slideshow that uses Javascript. Your browser either doesn't support Javascript or you have it turned off. To see this page as it is meant to appear please use a Javascript enabled browser.

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