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Posted by Boris Evelson on August 14, 2008
Ever since our latest BI Wave was published a couple of weeks ago, I keep hearing comments about why we have not included evaluation of Excel as a BI tool. For example, Rajan Chandras, one of the contributing editors to the Intelligent Enterprise, poses really good arguments in his recent blog on why, when and how Excel can and should be used as a BI tool. Excellent question, everyone!
However, having said all that, if we had included Excel as a standalone BI tool, not just a BI UI, it would have scored rather poorly since Excel still relies on the underlying BI/DBMS infrastructure for such critical BI components for large, complex enterprise BI as:
So, yes, I vote for Excel as a BI UI, or Excel as a lightweight, departmental or SMB BI solution. But stand-alone Excel cannot be one and only BI tool to fulfill complex and broad BI requirements in large enterprises.
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