I’m disappointed. Of all the questions and comments that I’ve received from this column so far, no one has asked the one question that I expected to be faced with right away. Hasn’t anyone wondered what a column on pervasive computing is doing in a publication devoted to business intelligence (BI) and analytics?

On the surface, the promise of pervasive computing seems rather remote from business intelligence. Wearable computers with circuitry woven into their very fabric may offer significant potential to portable technologies such as global system for mobile communication (GSM) phones and MP3 players but seems remote from business intelligence. Similarly, active spaces that detect someone’s arrival or proximity at a location, whether it be their home, office or an airport, have tremendous potential for safety, comfort and entertainment but again seem equally distant from BI.

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