In any case, the link-up is a step in exactly the right direction. BI departments' reaction to spreadsheets over the years has ranged from trying to rein them in to ignoring them. Neither approach works. Users love and, indeed, need to have control of their data when they are experimenting and sandboxing. PC-based data, particularly spreadsheets, gave them that control--and they are unlikely to relinquish it any time soon. Data in the Cloud is just another phase of distributed data. The old IT approach of ignoring it or damning it is not going to work here either.
It's wonderful to see two small BI software companies showing how to technologically address this rapidly growing data management/governance issue.
Posted October 21, 2010 9:04 AM
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