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How Do We Define a "BI Vendor"


My colleague, Holger Kisker, just posted a very insightful blog on the convergence of BI and BPM technologies. Yes, Holger, BPM vendors definitely have some BI capabilities. And so do some search vendors like Attivio, Endeca and Microsoft FAST Search. And so do some middleware vendors like TIBCO, Vitria and Software AG. And so do rules vendors like FairIsaac, PegaSystems. Should I go on? I have a list of hundreds of vendors that "say" they are a BI vendor.

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Comments (30)
Thanks Boris, It really puts in a real perspective which many BI Vendors do not want to hear. Agreed, Many Software vendors call themselves as BI Vendors, But their product really fits as one piece of large puzzle which we can call Business Intellice and Performance Management. Just an Integration tool or a Data quality tool shouldnt be called a BI Vendor rather they may be suppliers to the real BI Vendors as explained by you.
Posted by Narendra K | Thursday, February 18 2010 at 1:45PM ET
There is also increased discussion on analytics (v. business intelligence). Some call it semantics. We view analytics as meeting 3 criteria: 1) incorporates different types of data (financial, operational, historical, future/pipeline); 2) understand not just performance, but root cause through transaction-level detail, multi-dimension drilling, etc; and 3) recommed the actions to take to affect performance. This definition implies the need for multi-source data integration, data warehousing/marts, and the narrower defintion of BI Boris outlined as reporting & analytics.

BI Integrated BPM (as defined in Holger's blog) may be more convenient for BPM users, but does not provide rich analytical insight.

Posted by anil c | Thursday, February 18 2010 at 6:03PM ET
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