The boundaries of what is or isn't business intelligence software seems to be moving all the time. Visualization, integration, spreadsheet tools are all part of the mix; for many it's performance management as well. Throw in dedicated hardware. software or analytics as a service, cloud, Web crawlers and you see a lot of products on the market busy distilling and reporting on information -- and I haven't even mentioned a database.

My own opinion on what is or isn't business intelligence software and hardware (not BI itself) has shifted a bit over the years. I could draw it out for you on a sheet of paper, and it likely won't be the same as yours or someone else's view.

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