Like a maze for humans from a Stephen King novel, todays CIOs find themselves facing a variety of roads to business intelligence (BI). Trying to build BI, make information into a corporate asset and create competitive advantage for the business with information can be a daunting challenge in a world of vendor promises, competitive accusations, demo parity and buzzword overuse. The power of information is becoming recognized as a driver of corporate growth and a significant element of corporate strategy. The CIO is on the hot seat for fulfilling this promise.
The roads to BI include data warehousing, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), master data management (MDM), data quality, data mining, metadata management and operational BI. These are all inculcated into the CIOs culture as projects requiring dedicated and significant budgets and widespread corporate interest. Furthermore, perhaps no other executive has the perspective of as many departments as the CIO. This perspective should give the astute CIO unique knowledge of where the business is and where it is going.
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