We've been talking about the recurring reports of poor business intelligence execution dogging us for about as many years as we've been writing about it. And last week, we were looking at a Ventana Research report that held more of the same: most companies by far are still at the beginning stages of information competencies and 41 percent have a strong desire to improve.

Another thing we've seen are large monolithic projects under way, but a growing demand for lightweight collaborative or social apps pointed at information access, mobility, productivity etc. Ventana's survey (driven in good part by you, our readers) also found the business side of organizations pushing hard for just those kind of lightweight applications. Business really is tired of the long project cycle times associated with the BI and performance management apps we were writing mostly about a few years ago.

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