It’s been a long time (in this business, anyway) since the very first business intelligence (BI) solutions turned up, enabling big organizations to perform data analysis, generating reports with primitive dashboards for company execs. Since then, the BI space has become agile, operational, self-service, social, and even reactive.
When I started to prepare a BI buyer guide, I had to reconsider
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all types of organizations. BI can be found in large companies consolidating big volumes of data from several sources; it enables data mashups and encourages dashboards and scorecards and self-service data analysis. And you’ll find BI in small organizations too, embedded in traditional front-office tools such as spreadsheets, helping small teams of business users solve their analytical problems. BI applications are also being reinforced with capabilities to work with real-time data, and with mobile