Steve would like to thank Dave Reinke, co-founder of OpenBI, LLC, for authoring this month's column.

Back in the mid 70s, Saturday Night Live (SNL) arrived on late night TV with a radically different approach to live entertainment. The first few seasons represented a true experiment in network television, departing from the cookie-cutter prime time variety shows of the era and introducing a new brand of raw, energetic - and irreverent - comedy. Political and social satire with unapologetic impersonations created a new genre of stars. The venue was New York, not Hollywood. The "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players" cast was mostly unknown comedians. The band appeared in blue jeans, not tuxedos. Fast forward 30 years and SNL is seen as a permanent fixture on late night TV - a reliable, consistent source of, and a well-worn springboard to, fame and fortune for its cast members. Are there lessons to be learned from this in the BI technology world?

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