Presently, BI vendors follow a closed-garden approach and offer certain out-of-the-box features such as caching, database connections and charting. However, if the business needs transcend general requirements, we are at cross-roads and the user is forced to either compromise on their business strategy or look for alternative solutions outside of the BI tool. Clients are not empowered to add functions and there is immense and varied vendor dependencies. Perhaps that is the reason why not even a single vendor has been able to traverse the entire BI evolution phase – from reporting, to dashboards, to self service in memory etc.

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