William wishes to thank Scott Humphrey for his contribution to this month's column.

I continue to raft down the business intelligence (BI) river this month with the second part of my report on the Humphrey Strategic Communications' 3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Business Intelligence Summit. With the reach of BI extending back into the operational environment and the rage over corporate metrics, BI is becoming a form of HR in many environments, almost managing the people of the organization to standards. These standards are often also set by BI itself, paving the way for future systems featuring business actions conducted in the absence of human interference.

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