Google's announcement of Google OneBox on April 19, 2006, is one more tremor signaling a tectonic plate shift that will have an impact on the market landscape for years to come.

In a sentence, OneBox lets employees use the same familiar Google interface that they use to search the Web to access information within business applications. For example, they can pull up a purchase order stored in an Oracle application via Google, rather than using the typical Oracle application interface. This ability is going to have a far-reaching impact on business intelligence (BI) applications and interfaces, and is, therefore, worth talking about in detail.

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