The Future of Business Intelligence

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.