I've been scratching my head over the evolution of BI-as-we-know-it and the intersections of that with the increasing flow of information services in the channel and at large on the Web.
It's no surprise that people are looking at more and more internal and external resources for informed decision-making. In the internal case, data integration is a foundation of master data management as well. But integration for BI to common visual tools is increasingly taking place in subsystems and applications as well as relational databases and cubes - and in the visualization layer itself. Web services and SOA are moving that model too, though Darren Cunningham of Informatica reminded me on DM Radio last week of the importance of agnostic integration software interfaces to multi-siloed data pursuits.
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