January 9, 2009, Newsletter Issue #87: Company Size And BI

Tip of the Week

Is size an issue for business intelligence implementation? The answer is not clear and obvious, yet a couple of thoughts on the subject bear consideration:

∑ One analyst estimates that companies using BI spend roughly 10 percent of their IT budget on BI. One view might be to evaluate your IT budget compared to the price of the BI capability you are shopping for. If 10 percent of your IT spending is less than that minimum BI cost, then donít invest.

∑ Another consideration is to look at what kind of business you are. If you are data intensive (e.g. retail or multi-site), then BI might be right for you at an earlier stage than if you are a manufacturer or service provider.

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