Or Boris Evelson's quote, "Business intelligence is still an art much more than a science."
Or Hound of the BI-skervilles stating that data is safer inside a company's firewall than outside in a professional data center.
Based on these comments, the way business intelligence is being done today just doesn't make the grade. There are all kinds of statistics to support this.
So where will the change come from? The generation of young people coming into the workforce has the power of change behind them. They do things differently. Chat, instant messenger, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter are their tools. They are information consumers with search, investigation, collaboration skills.
So what about those people and companies wanting to keep and hold onto the status quo.
They say improve and maintain.
I say destroy what we know and reimagine!
They say, "BI needs an army of consultants."
I say, "your scope is too large and unrealistic."
They say, "you need control over our technology."
I say, "leverage the internet and don't reinvent the wheel."
They say that "BI is more an art than a science."
I say, "find repeatability and gain from economies of scale or be one of the 87% of unsuccessful projects."
They say, "we have people with years of experience in business intelligence."
I say, "I love smart, innovative, talented, internet saavy people wanting to turn BI upside down."
They say, "data is safer behind your company firewall."
I say, "what are they smoking. Data centers specialize in security."
They say, "users have a fear of the technology."
I say, "you're using the wrong technology for that audience."
They say, "radical change takes a decade."
I say, "radical change takes a minute. Those hanging onto the past want it to take longer."
They say this is a rant.
I say this is our reality.