Internet-based reporting capabilities are rapidly evolving. Before 1997, anyone who wanted to deploy Web-based reporting as a means of disseminating information efficiently had to use a variety of programming languages. In 1997, Brio Technologies, Business Objects and Cognos introduced their first versions of Web-based business intelligence applications. Since then other developers have also followed suit and introduced their own products.

The accessible and lower-cost architecture the Internet provides allows organizations to deliver reporting capabilities to a wide variety of geographically dispersed users, including customers, suppliers and extranet partners. The Internet and Web-based reporting capability allows individuals at all levels (both inside and outside of the organization) to access and view information. They can perform status checks, interpret data and make more efficient decisions.

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