Business Intelligence – Oxymoron?

Military intelligence and jumbo shrimp were popularized as oxymorons (contradictory word pairs) by comedian George Carlin. Let’s not add business intelligence to that list!

Current accounting packages now boast that their reports can be customized or new reports created by the end user. No longer do you have to go through a lengthy process to define and then program a report. Everyone in the company can have a different report if you wish. Either the package has report writing software or they can download blocks of data to a spreadsheet and let you do the manipulation. Why then aren’t we using them?

Most of the companies I have worked with don’t do a lot with Excel, let alone with their financial report writer. They work with their consultant to

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