Despite heavy investments in BI technologies over the past 15 years, many Fortune 500 companies cannot adequately utilize one of their most valuable corporate assets: enterprise data, according to a 2005 CFO Magazine survey.1

For a large, global company, the investment in information management, data warehousing and BI activities can easily run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. However, those BI capabilities are often fragmented across divisions, business functions or departments. And, there is often no clear enterprise strategy in place to help guide their deployment and utilization or to confirm that they live up to their potential of helping companies become more flexible, agile and responsive.

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