I started my career in the 1980s, assigned to the controller’s IT department at a major insurance company. My first project was a custom-built general ledger system. More than 20 years later, it seems almost unthinkable that someone would build a general ledger system instead of buying one. In a lot less than 20 years from now, we will be looking back at our business intelligence (BI) systems with similar amazement. This article examines the convergence of custom-developed and prebuilt BI applications.

History Repeats Itself

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