Business Objects and TopTier Software have teamed to provide a unified enterprise portal to unite ERP, CRM, and supply chain information with business intelligence. Given that the market for analytical applications is estimated to mushroom at a compound annual growth rate of 28 percent to more than $6 billion in 2004 (source: IDC), these vendors are in the right place at the right time (and so is everybody else).
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in ERP, SCM, and CRM packages is to acquire technology that combines the information into a logical view from some specific perspective (the inward-facing view for the company, the outward-facing view for the customer, etc.), with some personalization capability built in. A variety of vendors who tout their analytic applications packages should be included on a long selection list. The ensuing interviews with the vendors should help the customer codify their actual needs in their own minds, as well