Business Intelligence Software: How to Avoid Purchasing Shelfware
By: Steve Dine
A colleague of mine recently asked me to chime in on discussion thread about some business intelligence software, and specifically, ETL tools. Like many discussion board threads, it had drifted significantly from the original topic. As a general rule, I tend to spend little time on these boards, not because I don't think that they have value, but between Twitter, Blogs and instant messaging, I can't seem to find much time left for additional on-line interaction. I read through the thread and was immediately struck by the number of comments about the business intelligence software that were phrased as facts but were either based on outdated information, innuendo or rumor.