As business intelligence (BI) budgets return to pre-9/11 levels, the sentiment of many shops I come in contact with is the same - "We've been living with this functional BI environment for some time, but it's not good enough for our future." Investments are being made in complete or near-complete "do-overs" of BI environments. This does not necessarily signal that the first (or second, or third) round of BI was a failure. These first attempts were functional for the time period and proved the concept of BI. Now that the taste is good and the concept proved, more is required.

As companies begin to inculcate the strategy of information leadership into everything they do, it can become evident that good enough isn't good enough anymore. Companies do not want to be limited by past thinking and current states of (architectural) affairs. Architectures that were once considered scalable are now considered non-scalable to the degree of data, user, usage and uptime demands that are now typically found in the Fortune 500 BI environment.

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