Streamlined integration connecting business intelligence (BI) and the Microsoft Office suite is critical for the efficient dissemination of information within enterprises. Ventana Research believes that the current model of creating and processing business intelligence documents through a sequence of applications involves inefficient information transfer processes. Recent Ventana research on the integration between BI and Microsoft Office suggests that organizations need to improve the integration of these tools before the demand for information publication accelerates further.

For business intelligence (BI), as well as for every other enterprise software segment, a pervasive theme today is integration. The need for broader enterprise visibility, more consistent data and a comprehensive understanding of customers and products -- as well as pressure to reduce IT costs and ever-accelerating business cycles -- all drive companies' demand for a comprehensive, integrated view of their businesses. The prevalence of Microsoft Office and its role as a desktop authoring environment make its integration with other information systems critically important.

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