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Welcome to Business Intelligence 2.0, a world in which one of BI's original big promises is finally being met, and a broader class of everyday business users--as opposed to statisticians or data analysts--are tapping into innovative technologies and Web-based BI capabilities. Police officers, physicians, accountants and salespeople are mashing up and analyzing structured and unstructured data from far-flung sources in the ways that make the most contextual sense to them.
"All of these new technologies are about making it easier to build and consume analytical applications," says Gartner Inc. analyst Kurt Schlegel. Today, he notes, companies frequently cite a lack of both end-user and developer skills as a major barrier when deploying traditional BI applications. Indeed, anecdotal evidence suggests that no more than 20 percent of users in most organizations use reporting, ad hoc query and online analytical processing tools on a regular basis.
Source: Computerworld, http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=323822&intsrc=hm_list
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