"Eerything that Rises Must Converge" is the title of a short story by one of my favorite authors, Flannery O'Connor.1 Although the story itself has nothing to do with information technology (IT) or business in general, as I was rereading it the other night, the title struck me as an apt description of the state of data warehousing/business intelligence (DW/BI) today.

More specifically, I think that in order for business to take full advantage of the cornucopia of rising new technologies that are driving the IT industry today – including operational data stores (ODSs); DWs; BI; enterprise portals; extract, transform and load (ETL) tools; enterprise application integration (EAI); and Web services – organizations must work toward converging those technologies. The new technologies must function symbiotically, coalescing critical information from across the organization and delivering it through a single access point to provide a collaborative environment for decision making.

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