A few months ago, I wrote a column about putting the "business" back into business intelligence (BI). I received quite a few comments on that column - most of them asking me to delve more deeply into the topic. I'm happy to oblige!In that column in March 2007, I discussed three keys to putting the business back into BI. They were:

The first key garnered the most interest, so it's the one I'll discuss in this column. To begin the process of aligning BI with corporate strategic goals and objectives, the idea is to determine whether the BI tools and technologies support your business - and the way you do business. If your BI tools and technologies do support the business, they're more likely to align with and support your business strategy. It's been my experience that companies whose BI initiatives are aligned with their corporate strategies take two important steps. They:

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