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Colin White

I like the various blogs associated with my many hobbies and even those to do with work. I find them very useful and I was excited when the Business Intelligence Network invited me to write my very own blog. At last I now have somewhere to park all the various tidbits that I know are useful, but I am not sure what to do with. I am interested in a wide range of information technologies and so you might find my thoughts will bounce around a bit. I hope these thoughts will provoke some interesting discussions.

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Colin White is the founder of BI Research and president of DataBase Associates Inc. As an analyst, educator and writer, he is well known for his in-depth knowledge of data management, information integration, and business intelligence technologies and how they can be used for building the smart and agile business. With many years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events. Colin has written numerous articles and papers on deploying new and evolving information technologies for business benefit and is a regular contributor to several leading print- and web-based industry journals. For ten years he was the conference chair of the Shared Insights Portals, Content Management, and Collaboration conference. He was also the conference director of the DB/EXPO trade show and conference.

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Merrill Lynch just published its September 2005 CIO Spending Survey and BI/DW is at the top of the chart. To quote the report, "Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing showed a significant increase in spending priority, significantly outpacing other categories." The top five priorities were BI/DW (53% of respondents), application integration (33%), corporate portals (29%), security (27%) and supply chain management (26%). Ed Maguire at Merrill Lynch who very kindly send me a copy of the report told me that he cannot ever remember such a big gap between first and second places. The future of BI looks very good for 2006.


Posted October 21, 2005 6:10 PM
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Coming at this from the data quality perspective, it has been my experience that 90% of IT projects are actually driven by a BI initiative. That's why the results of this survey are not surprising. BI is about providing reports so management can make better decisions. So many data integration projects, warehouses, marts, ODS's, ETL purchases, customer analytics apps, and even DQ solutions are really in support of the larger BI initiative. All you have to do is follow the drivers for all those projects back to their roots, and somewhere you will find an executive who wants better reports (BI). Forgive me for my gross simplification, comments should be brief.

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