Remember those rogue business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW) deployments that first came to the fore in the 1990s? They're coming back. Workgroup BI didn't die, of course -- it was just dormant.
With the advent of several explicit end-user-oriented offerings -- including the much-anticipated Project Gemini from Microsoft Corp. -- workgroup BI is poised for a big comeback.
Researcher Gartner Inc., for example, recently talked up its return, citing the efforts of upstart vendors such as QlikTech, Pentaho, and others to fill the void created by the withdrawal of established BI powers, which -- over the last half-decade -- have shifted to "focus most of their resources on delivering enterprisewide BI solutions," according to Gartner.
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