While many public agencies would like to consolidate multiple data warehousing and business intelligence projects into a single repository, that's probably not going to happen anytime soon. The use of business intelligence applications at the local, state and federal government level is mushrooming, Bernard Sevigny, a vice president with DMR Consulting, told seminar attendees Tuesday at TDWI World Conference Spring 2001 in Washington, D.C. But the implementation of public-sector data warehouses is also decentralized, with multiple departments and offices building their own information management platforms. "The BI programs and data warehouses public agencies are implementing are very complex and represent more than just building something for the sales department," Sevigny says. "Many agencies would like to build one centralized system, but that isn't going to happen for security and privacy reasons." As government at all levels begins implementing e-commerce programs that link the public sector to citizens, businesses and other agencies, the need for business intelligence will grow, Sevigny says. But who has access to what information and under what conditions will be issues or problems agencies must debate and solve before launching any multi-organization information repositories. "Security and confidentiality will be major issues," Sevigny says.
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