I was recently given the opportunity to take a preview look at the BI Survey 9 – The Customer Verdict, produced by the Business Application Research Center. BI Survey 9 represents the latest in an evolution of research studies that include 8 previous editions of BI and OLAP surveys. The BI Survey has built a reputation for excellence – "The Holy Grail of Business Intelligence" – to justify it's $4995 price tag. The 300 page document is distributed as a pdf file available for download from the bi-survey.com website.

There's much to digest in this very comprehensive work. In contrast to other BI surveys I've recently read, BI Survey 9 is deeper, addressing more substantive issues surrounding BI deployments. In addition, in today's saturated survey environment, a response base that includes a final cleansed list of 1853 users, 317 consultants and 495 vendors from around the world is impressive indeed.

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