I know many of you already know my position on this, but I thought I'd get it out in the open and challenge all of you with a controversial discussion. In my definition – and believe it, I am fighting and defending it every day – analytics has always been, and will always be part of BI. What many of the vendors and analysts describe as "the new age of analytics," I built at Citibank in the early 80s and then built in about 50+ enterprises in 90’s at PwC. I think the effort of trying to differentiate analytics from BI is a vendor invented hype, since many BI vendors are running out of ways to differentiate themselves (and incorrectly so, see the next paragraph, and many other next gen BI trends). I also disagree with the “old BI = bad,” “new analytics = good” premise that I see in many analysts papers. You and I know that you can’t build analytics (OLAP, advanced analytics, etc) without basic ETL, data warehousing, MDM, etc. So nothing’s really changed as far as I am concerned: we are still fighting the same battles – silos, data quality, etc.
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