This is an article from the July 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.Organizations have been struggling to provide users with the means to get access to information they need for monitoring processes and making decisions. A constant decentralization and centralization cycle exists, which swings back and forth every three to five years. Apparently central IT initiatives are not good enough to stop this cycle in favor of a real enterprise-wide solution, which has - at first sight - a lot of real advantage to offer.

Since the 1970s, organizations have been busy with the implementation of means to support their users in the execution of managerial processes. And now, after the maturation of the concept of data warehousing for business intelligence (BI), we find ourselves still struggling with the challenge of making the business users happy with the information they want and need.

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