Enterprise performance management (EPM) was the topic of a column I wrote, entitled "Take the Plunge," for DM Review's August 2002 issue. EPM is a top-down business intelligence (BI) tool that helps an organization measure and manage its overall performance. I have been writing columns and articles for DM Review for six years, and I get a lot of feedback from readers. However, one particular piece of feedback I received from the "Take the Plunge" column really caused me to stop and think. The author of the feedback informed me that my "...arguments appear to be a harbinger of the complete and permanent death of participatory decision making in corporate America." Heady stuff there! Just call me "Dr. Death!"

Well, Dr. Death has a somewhat different opinion concerning EPM and business intelligence and the impact of each on participatory decision making in corporate America. Here it is.

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