While Oracle’s acquisition attempts of PeopleSoft continue to evolve, more organizations are looking to use business intelligence (BI) to leverage existing ERP investments to manage operational performance. This insight was garnered from Ventana Research, a performance management research and advisory firm, after analyzing the data in its soon-to-be-released “Operational Performance Management” study. The value of operational performance management, the practice of managing the effectiveness of business activities and processes to a common set of goals and objectives, is focused on addressing critical business drivers such as maximizing revenue and managing operational costs.

The study clearly shows that the focus of organizations is shifting toward using business intelligence technologies to leverage existing ERP investments. Contrary to current sentiments of waiting until the dust settle on the acquisitions (or non-acquisitions), Ventana Research recommends that customers leverage existing ERP investments with existing technologies to enable operational performance management. In particular, customers of PeopleSoft and JD Edwards should take note of vendors that currently have prebuilt integration with both these vendors. They include Actuate, Business Objects, Cognos, Informatica, MicroStrategy and Vanguard Solutions.

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