If you have not read the interview about Fetch Technologies, you might want to take a look. Fetch is a company that sucks in content and makes it available for analysis. Among its features is an innovative programming method. The idea is that the old style business intelligence approach is too slow for today’s business and operational environment. Fetch is an information platform, and it has a number of advocates. Also, in the same sector are equally accomplished outfits such as Kapow Tech and JackBe, among others. Vendors like Exalead have made significant headway in business intelligence, challenging some of the old line outfits to up their game. IBM bought SPSS but I am waiting for significant innovation. SAS acquired Teragram and Memex, so I expect big things from these firms. Autonomy has a Hummer filled with business intelligence clients, and that firm continues to chew into the old line firms cut off from the fast moving client herd. In short, business intelligence is a big deal.
Endeca has been in the business intelligence business for many years. I did a report that pegged the date in the 2002 to 2003 period, maybe even earlier. I was, therefore, not surprised with the information revealed in “New Study Details Top Questions Effective CIOs Must Ask to Determine Agile BI Readiness.” With the stampede to business intelligence, it is obvious even to a first year business school student at an academic backwater like the one I attended that something is causing the corporate antelope to take off.
The cause of the shift, in my experience, boils down to four factors: