In the last five years or so, enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors have recognized and begun to meet the needs of companies that seek to mine business intelligence (BI) information from their ERP systems. Many companies have taken advantage of the BI capabilities ERP vendors provide, and most of these companies also have other BI packages that they "layer" over their ERP packages.

Often, however, many companies carry out the process of integrating BI capabilities with their ERP systems in an ad hoc manner. The result is a quagmire of multiple BI packages, legacy information systems - and perhaps even multiple ERP packages. Obviously, this is not a scenario you want for your company, but how do you avoid it?

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