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Craig Schiff

I am very excited about this opportunity to share my perspectives and experience in my BeyeNETWORK Blog. For those of you who may not have read my articles and newsletters over the past few years, I hope you will appreciate a vendor-independent perspective on all things related to Business Performance Management (BPM). I focus on key topics organizations should consider throughout their BPM project lifecycle, from early stage requirements definition and justification, key measure development, vendor selection and finally, successful deployment and rollout. Of course, market trends and vendor updates will also be part of the mix. Please stop by on a regular basis to see what's new, and to make this interactive, please share your opinions. If you have a specific question, contact me directly at cschiff@bpmpartners.com.

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Craig, President and CEO of BPM Partners, is a pioneer in business performance management (BPM). Craig helped create and define the field as it evolved from business intelligence and analytic applications into BPM. He has worked with BPM and related technologies for more than 20 years, first as a founding member at IMRS/Hyperion Software (now Hyperion Solutions) and later cofounded OutlookSoft where he was President and CEO.

Craig is a frequent author on BPM topics and monthly columnist for the BeyeNETWORK. He has led several jointly produced webcasts with Business Finance Magazine including "Beyond the Hype: The Truth about BPM Vendors," the three-part vendor review entitled "BPM Xpo" and "BPM 101: Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Business Performance Management." He is a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. BPM Partners is a vendor-independent professional services firm focused exclusively on BPM, providing expertise that helps companies successfully evaluate and deploy BPM systems. Craig can be reached at cschiff@bpmpartners.com.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Craig's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

What is going on with the Business Intelligence/Business Performance Management analysts at the major IT advisory firms? Many seasoned thought leaders are either changing firms or joining the vendor community. Howard Dresner and Frank Buytendijk left Gartner for senior strategy roles at Hyperion. Lee Geischecker recently left Gartner for another advisory firm (where I would guess she will be under some form of non-compete for a period of time). I am also aware of senior analysts at two other firms getting ready to make a move as well. One is planning to join a vendor, the other has not finalized their plans yet. Maybe these analysts are looking to round out their resumes, or maybe they were made offers too good to pass up. Regardless, the impact on vendors, the IT media, and end user organizations could be significant. The number of unbiased, knowledgeable experts to call upon for guidance and opinions will be greatly reduced. Some of these analysts will be replaced, in other cases research areas will be consolidated. In either case there will initially be 'green' analysts learning the space. The few seasoned experts left standing will be in high demand. Factor this in to your analyst usage plans for the next 6-9 months.

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