DM Review – Reality IT: BI Islands or a Whole BI Archipelago?

DM Review – Reality IT: BI Islands or a Whole BI Archipelago?
Reality IT: BI Islands or a Whole BI Archipelago?
Gabriel Fuchs

At my job, we have business intelligence and we have business intelligence. Everywhere. Thanks to our commitment to do a good day’s work every once in a while or at least be better than other departments, some of us have turned to business intelligence (BI) solutions. This is all done in the hope that we shall be more efficient. And efficient we are. So efficient, in fact, that we now have many different BI applications from many different BI vendors. These different applications are often used for the same purposes, e.g., reporting or advanced analyses. Oh yes, we are very efficient in installing BI applications. The result of it all may, in the best of circumstances, allow specific departments to become better in their work. However, it does not allow the workplace as a whole to be very efficient in reporting and analyses activities. In other words, we are suffering from BI islands, i.e., many unconnected BI applications.