It's time for the OpenBI Forum (Forum) to catch our breath for a holiday column after two high-energy discussions with Gary King, even as we anticipate a follow-up interview in the winter months. Appropriate for an end-of-year article is a summary of our accomplishments in 2006 and plans for 2007.

The Forum's initial charter was really one without boundaries - a blank slate for chronicling the BI world. We promised to discuss BI in light of business, information technology, quantitative methods, social science, philosophy and even portfolio management. The Forum wished to provide something for both techs and quants as well as for business and management, with both theory and practical applications. For our work in 2006, I would give us a grade of incomplete - a nice start but an unresolved finish.

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