The intense appetite for meaningful right-time information at companies of all sizes now demands that business intelligence (BI) mature from organizational and departmental point solutions to enterprise assets. Enterprise demands, coupled with constrained IT budgets, further necessitate that BI information management (IM) align with legacy enterprise information management (EIM) services. As more is expected from BI services, enterprises must also change how they govern the processes that define, maintain and distribute that information.

Why is BI suddenly an essential element of the enterprise information framework? There are a multitude of business and IT considerations. First, CIO and IT executives are confronted with growing demand from CEOs and corporate boards for increased visibility. To improve bottom-line performance, CIOs are sponsoring a growing number of corporate performance management initiatives to:

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