The History of BI with Microsoft, through the eyes of a vendor
Rewind 25 years. An iPhone was a piece of science fiction. Personal computers cost an average of well over $1,000. And Business Intelligence was barely a whisper of a concept.
What goes into making an intelligent business decision? Information, insight, answers to your questions, to name a few. In other words: data. In the ongoing quest for answers, the early years of technology saw data go from filing cabinets to databases. From there, companies were able to generate reports, but they were one-dimensional. Information was silo-ed and the data was fragmented.
In the 1980s, analysts looking for more insightful access across more than one location created the data warehouse. This allowed data to come from multiple locations, but as history has shown, this was merely scratching the surface.