Although the idea of business intelligence (BI) for the masses has been talked about for several years, in most companies BI still is deployed to only a small percentage of employees. Part of the deterrent to broader deployment has been the technical knowledge users need to create and modify reports. To address the ease-of-use problem, BI application vendors have started to deliver prebuilt report templates that help reduce costs and workloads for IT and increase adoption and satisfaction among business users.

View If the use of query and reporting is to broaden in companies, BI tools must enable self-service for users and reduce the burden of report development on IT. Ventana Research's recent study of Application BI showed that prebuilt report templates can streamline the whole reporting life cycle. A substantial majority - 86 percent - of the respondents to our survey said there is value in prebuilt report templates for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) transactional systems.

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