More often than not when the terms collaboration and business intelligence are used together, they are thought of in concept and practice to address only a segment of business intelligence collaboration (BI-C) capability. A complete BI-C program consists of multiple, interconnecting levels of application. At any level, great value can be derived from BI-C, but as the concept is broadend for uses beyond the traditional functions, the value return increases exponentially.

For the sake of simplicity, let's focus on the three prime areas: project, enterprise and extended enterprise. You can make a case for other layers of application: department, regional ... depending on the organization, but for the vast majority of needs in the BI world, we can use these three to discuss our thesis.

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