This is not the OpenBI Forum article that was scheduled for February. Immediately after the holidays, I planned my first three columns for 2007, actually outlining the first and second. After posting "Strategy and BI" at the end of January, I was about to start writing the next column when I received my February Harvard Business Review (HBR) in the mail. While browsing that edition, I both made a decision and came to a conclusion: 1) I would postpone my planned column to write on several important points I'd seen in the February HBR; and 2) I would recommend that HBR be on the short reading list of every serious business intelligence (BI) practitioner.

There are probably not many readers who, like me, would tout HBR as an exemplary BI periodical. Certainly in contrast to DM Review, HBR has little to say directly about BI, analytics, integration and data warehousing. And though sharing a business orientation with BI Review, the quarterly magazine that "presents actionable information on the strategic use of technology to enable organizations to operate more effectively," HBR does not focus on applied technology per se, but rather touches intelligence and technology indirectly as enablers of business strategy and processes.

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