It’s a wiki world we live in. Collaborative BI has picked up momentum since the idea was most prominently introduced in 2006 by large software vendors. The real power of Collaborative BI doesn’t reside with software vendors, though. The real power of this collaborative resides within companies in similar industries that have an opportunity to share across firewalls for greater understanding. The idea of mass collaboration is an interesting one, one that flies in the face of traditional competition between organizations. If you are all sharing the data that you use to make decisions, then how do you differentiate yourself? Perhaps this is a crazy idea, but you differentiate yourself by good, old-fashioned ingenuity. You rely on your staff and your innovation pipeline to make your company and your offerings stand out in the crowd.
I have always felt that good BI requires strong collaboration. For most of us, we assume that the collaboration is with business/IT (depending on what side of the aisle you sit on today). But, perhaps we have all been looking at that wrong, perhaps the real collaboration comes when we look not to the other side of the aisle, but outside of the walls altogether.
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