It has become apparent that the field of business intelligence (BI) is moving to a new level. At this next evolutionary stage, we observe organizations achieving greater optimization of resources and better business outcomes. We also see a significant increase in the awareness and understanding of BI at the executive and board levels of organizations. With the pervasive understanding that accurate, timely and relevant information leads to informed decision-making and better business outcomes, these executives and board members are changing the manner in which BI is deployed and used.

What are some causes of this progression? While numerous factors play a role in the successful deployment of BI so that business value is achieved, three significant characteristics associated with the momentum behind BI are business leadership, IT governance and enterprise data warehousing. Let's explore them.

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