The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will give business intelligence practitioners a big boost. This is because there are at least four hooks in this legislation where business intelligence (BI) is a must. First of all, there are significant mandates for funds to be used specifically to develop, enhance or modernize information technology systems. You can find many references, including a $50 million appropriation to the Farm Service Agency “for the purpose of maintaining and modernizing the information technology system;” $85 million to the Indian Health Services for health information technology activities; and $20 million to the Small Business Administration “for improving, streamlining, and automating information technology systems related to lender processes and lender oversight.”
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