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Tom Breur

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Tom Breur, Principal with XLNT Consulting, has a background in database management and market research. For the past 10 years, he has specialized in how companies can make better use of their data. He is an accomplished teacher at universities, MBA programs and for the Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) program. He is a regular keynoter at international conferences.  Currently,he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Targeting, the Journal of Financial Services Management and Banking Review. He acts as an advisor for The Council of Financial Competition and the Business Banking Board and was cited among others in Harvard Management Update about state-of-the-art data analytics. His company, XLNT Consulting, helps companies align their IT resources with corporate strategy, or in plain English, he helps companies make more money with their data. For more information you can email him at tombreur@xlntconsulting.com or call +31646346875.

 

I was writing about the difference between operational systems like ERP and informational systems like BI. One of the most obvious differences is that ERP systems support operational or business processes. The information that is captured is very explicit. It is almost binary. Data latency is minimal.BI systems are often supporting decision making processes on a more strategic level. There is no yes or no. Often it is about maybe or what if. The information is much more implicit. Data latency is often a problem. Looking at all this made me think.BI has always been more tactical or strategic. But it has also never been the big success that we BI people claim it can have. Is the reason that we have been looking in the wrong direction. Maybe Operational BI has much more value? What do you think?


Posted June 28, 2009 2:48 PM
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