This is an article from the August 2006 issue of DM Review's Extended Edition. Click on this link for more information on DMR Extended Edition or to download this entire issue in a PDF format. Business intelligence (BI) is evolving in a way that will empower more people in an organization with tools they can use every day. What role do BI product suites play in this evolution - enabler or inhibitor? The answer depends on who you are.
In the ancient days of the PC (when some of my readers were glued to their Atari game systems, perhaps), people debated about which word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software they would buy. Back then you chose the best product, not just the one that said Microsoft on the box. In fact, Microsoft's products were not considered to have the best features. Then Microsoft decided to bundle their versions of these applications and even threw in a desktop database. In a brilliant move, they priced the package cheaper than the à la carte price of the better products. Next thing you knew, everyone was using the suite of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
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