This year's BI Leadership Summit, hosted by TechTarget at the New York Hilton, was an event not to miss. As fate would have it, New York City was in the midst of its first Nor'Easter, and I was among hundreds who trudged on through the raw cold and rain to attend the summit. I am glad I did as it was certainly worth it.
I arrived to hear Wayne Eckerson, the keynote speaker, delivering a thorough explanation of the components comprising business intelligence (BI) and the often opposing stakeholders involved in BI's development/delivery and use. Mr. Eckerson's address included a discussion of the organizational architecture surrounding BI from a historical perspective. The BI organizational architecture sub-topic lead into the notion of a "BI Center for Excellence" which includes a BI Framework. (See Oracle's whitepaper on BI Competency). With regards to BI architecture, both the conceptional and logical components were illuminated where, consistent with the tenets of Hardoop, the conceptual architecture maintains data coupled with business intelligence in a staging area from which data can be extracted to meet the requirements of various BI tools and provide maximum flexibility.
PowerPoint slides from Mr. Eckerson's address can be found at the bottom of this post.