The Future of Business Intelligence

 
 
By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2008-03-05 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At many enterprises, Business Intelligence software occupies a crucial strategic niche, serving up timely information to decision-makers. But over the past year, several established BI vendors found themselves snapped up by larger software companies: Oracle acquired Hyperion, IBM bought Cognos, and SAP purchased Business Objects. These deals throw into question the level of multi-vendor interoperability customers can expect from their BI software. While using an integrated stack from a single vendor has its advantages, there's the danger of lock-in. A vendor-agnostic best-of-breed approach might be a better choice. Stan Gibson reports.


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Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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