My friend and highly respected colleague, Wayne Eckerson from TDWI, posted a great article called “Purple BI People.” In the article, he described some of the best practices for business and IT alignment, and cross-functional skills sets needed for successful and effective BI professionals.

Wayne, I loved the blue cow analogy, you know that I always think in metaphors, analogies, similies and associations. But, while I completely agree with Wayne in his near term assessment, best practices and recommendations, I would like to suggest another long term point of view.

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