These days, it seems as if business intelligence (BI) vendors are hawking their wares on every sidewalk. How do you choose which one is right for you? Over the course of the last couple of months, I've asked quite a few IT managers and executives at several Fortune 500 companies how they would go about choosing a BI package and/or vendor.

The hodgepodge of answers I received indicated that there's not really very much in the way of a standard selection methodology available when it comes to selecting a BI package. For this reason, I'd like to discuss some criteria that I've used to help my clients successfully select BI vendors and packages.

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