This month, I'll bring together the elements from the last several articles on packaged business intelligence (PBI) by highlighting an example of how one vendor is packaging business intelligence components. As discussed in my previous columns, vendors are looking for opportunities to improve their value proposition by packaging those things that can be deemed common and applicable on a broad basis. This column will highlight the offering of a prominent business intelligence player, Sun Microsystems.

Sun has long been a provider of data warehouse servers running a DBMS as well as ETL, OLAP and other business intelligence (BI) software. Although Sun servers are compatible with almost every UNIX-based BI tool, many BI environments have encountered a variety of challenges with the highly complex implementation of BI software and the estimation of the server specification, performance, reliability and interoperability of their chosen combinations prior to in-house production implementation.

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