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The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence by Nancy Williams, Steve Williams

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Chapter 8 Common Mistakes Companies Make on Business Intelligence Initiatives

“The structure that a mature enterprise takes on at any point in time essentially represents the accumulation of a long series of prior resource allocation decisions…. If these decisions are made without a coherent guiding philosophy or strategy, the organization that results will be like a stalagmite: shapeless, inefficient, and of little usefulness.”

—Robert Hayes, Steven Wheelwright, and Kim Clark, Dynamic Manufacturing

It can be argued that the emergence of the term “business intelligence” (BI) within the data warehousing (DW) industry was spawned largely as a result of the many mistakes that organizations unwittingly made as they pursued DW initiatives. Those ...

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