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Leveraging Information and Intelligence

David Linthicum

Let's be Thankful for Business Intelligence

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Mike Vizard over on CTO Edge states what he's thankful for in 2009. This includes a list of technologies that you would expect, such as cloud computing and virtualization, but also includes Business Intelligence Applications.

"Business Intelligence Applications: There are a lot of business intelligence applications, but predictive analytics and enterprise performance management applications have been one of the few bright spots during the economic downturn, mostly because they allow IT organizations to quickly add value to years of investments in ERP applications that have increasingly left the business feeling skeptical about IT investments."

What was surprising to me is the number of people who consider business intelligence (BI) an "old technology" pointing to the interest in data warehousing that started in the middle 90s. However, today BI applications are providing some real value we'll beyond slicing and dicing data warehouses and data marts. In short, we can see what's going on and react to it. We're focused on operational effectiveness as well as decision support.

As Mike points out the perceived value that everyone is experiencing around BI is the externalization and visualization of information that has, until very recently, been locked inside of stovepipe systems. Today we are getting much better at linking too those systems and peering in at "near real time data" that actually helps us do our jobs. What a concept.

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David Linthicum

David Linthicum is the CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, and an internationally known distributed computing and application integration expert. View more

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