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The Vision of Collaborative Business Intelligence

Collaborative business intelligence is real in many consumer situations. eBay, Amazon, and Google all leverage key data to present information to you, the consumer. Companies such as eBay are even contemplating products in the area of data warehousing and business intelligence to assist vendors in better moving products through their platform.

But these technologies need a more open vendor community than currently exists. At this point, Microsoft has all the tools — you just have to find a really good consultant to put it all together because Microsoft is so subdivided that one person employed by Microsoft could never help (you’d need three to five people).

Business Objects, now an SAP company, has introduced collaboration for their data integrator product, enabling project teams to communicate. Because Business Objects is now part of SAP, various collaboration features of NetWeaver will eventually sneak into the solution — of course, you’ll have to sole source it initially.

Cognos, now part of IBM, has the same story as Business Objects. And Oracle — yes, they have all the tools.

It's most likely that each vendor will sneak in and try to provide you with the “complete solution,” but the open vendors of the Internet will win out. Current trends, with companies such as Google, which has GoogleDocs working with Panorama Software, against Microsoft’s Analysis Services or SAP’s BW InfoCubes, suggest that multi-vendor solutions will begin to emerge.

This will be far more appealing to users than a single proprietary vendor solution that requires heavy migration of solutions that are already in place.

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