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Over the last 25 years in the business I heard my share of BI horror stories: “we have over 20 different BI tools,” or “we have a few thousand reports in our BI application.” BI is very much a self fulfilling prophecy – “build it, and they will come”. As we popularize BI, and as technology becomes more scalable, more stable, more function rich and user-friendly  - BI spreads like wildfire and often becomes uncontrollable.

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Comments (1)
Thanks for a great post, Boris. I wholeheartedly agree that organization need to cut down on unnecessary reports (although even slightly used reports can be repurposed for more value but that's a conversation for another day). However, I would argue that what's needed on the BI application side is not a wholesale reduction in the number of BI tools an organization has, but instead a focus on which tools are most effective in which situations. One size definitely does not fit all in BI. As each main stream BI tool becomes increasingly a part of its respective mega-vendor's stack, there are plenty of situations where the time, cost, complexity of instituting one of these solutions is not commensurate with the results or ROI. In these cases a low-cost BI tool from a boutique vendor might be just the ticket. I would suggest that an organization is limiting itself by NOT trying new BI tools on a regular basis. The data center's number one concern is the care and feeding of the data. However, that doesn't mean there is always alignment with the business needs of the end users. Within secure parameters, there should be a willingness to try new approaches and ideas. New breeds of tools drive new ways of easily and cost-effectively accessing and looking at data for end users.
Posted by John K | Monday, March 08 2010 at 10:47AM ET
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