The Background of Business Intelligence

The need to access information is not new. After all, people have always needed data to make informed decisions, although a number of errors in decision-making processes are still prevalent, including gut feel. As a type of technology, though, BI is relatively young; it emerged as a distinct market in the early 1990s. Before BI, it was expensive and time-consuming to get access to the right data.

If you are just starting out on the journey of BI, you may find it hard to believe there was a time when information access was more painful than it is today. There are signs that BI has not quite delivered everything we hoped it would. For example, according to BI Scorecard’s annual Successful BI Survey, only ...

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