They say that if you look into a mirror long enough, it will eventually look back. For a writer -- or for a manager in the workplace -- it's in times of exasperating irony and dudgeon when a blog or a sitdown meeting becomes a safety valve and last outlet for credibility by way of confession.

Mea culpa. Just about every year for the last 10 I've written a story about the ways in which business intelligence and data warehousing are important, yet underpenetrated and poorly executed. We've spent and we spend millions on solutions that in many cases find a useful home but never are so fructuous as they were sold to be.

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