Business Intelligence 2.0: The Extensible Markup Language as Strategic Enabler

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Business Intelligence 2.0 is an umbrella term used to refer to a collection of tools that help organizations extend their BI capabilities using Internet platforms. BI 2.0 tools can enable the automatic discovery of distributed software services and data stores, and greatly increase the range of market options for an organization. The development cycle for these tools is still in its early stages, and much work remains, but some technologies and standards are already well-understood to be positioned to make an impact. This paper provides an overview of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and related technologies supporting the deployment of web services and service-oriented architectures (SOA), and of the critical importance of these technologies to the emergence of BI 2.0 tools. This paper also explores the current state of Internet-enabled BI activities, and some strategic considerations for firms considering BI 2.0 options.

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