Despite the evolution in data management over the past 20 years, the tension between IT and business users is still difficult to reconcile. IT wants data control and centralization; business users want the ability to quickly explore and analyze data on their own. The end result is business data treated like a precious object that IT guards and business users can look at but not touch.

One thing remains clear: business intelligence, the ability to analyze and report on key business data, is critical. Most companies today understand the value of the data in their organization but struggle to empower the organization to derive real business value from it. Reconciling the data management battle between IT and business users would go a long way to unleash the business value of information. But how does a company get there?

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