June 15, 2009

An example of what’s wrong with big vendors’ approaches to BI (SAP in this case)

I just found Chris Kanaracus’ article about SAP’s rollout last month of its “clear enterprises” strategy. The money quote comes from Sara Lee, the user SAP seems to have trotted out:

But Sara Lee has not yet decided to purchase the software, and there are substantial underlying tasks to perform as well, he added.

“This is giving us the horsepower [to analyze data] but we need to have harmonized and structured data underneath it.”

This is from the leading test user of the product?

Business intelligence and the associated data management processes need to be reimagined, and I’m increasingly coming to suspect that the big BI conglomerates aren’t up to the task.


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