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Business Intelligence - Be Methodical and Trust Not the Dots

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There's no debate about the importance of business intelligence as process and business tool; both the robustness of the technology for the business user and the timeliness of the information from it are essential to business operations today. There is a challenge associated with BI, though: The channels through which you get guidance about it have multiplied over time, requiring you to be as smart about your sources of BI market insight as you are about the analytics you use for your organization. This is not always easy, but it's important; you need to be sure you're getting the most practical and timely insight available on vendors and products that you use today or might be examining for your future deployment.

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Comments (2)
Very relevant information! The number of products and vendors in the BI space is almost as overwhelming as the data being analyzed. It's important to periodically evaluate your BI tools in terms of scalability, usability, features, ROI and increasingly sector-centric focus. Thanks Mark!
Posted by Jennifer N | Wednesday, April 14 2010 at 2:50PM ET
This is an interesting perspective - but it must be kept in perspective.

When you consider the general list of critical success factors attributed to an effective BI capability, the BI vendor utilised is not high upon the list.

While it it important (especially for user buy-in), I'd caution people not to get too bogged down in this aspect, as there are more important issues that will usually yield a better outcome.

Posted by Michael G | Wednesday, April 14 2010 at 6:06PM ET
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