A Sustainability Storm is Brewing for BI

September 22, 2009
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Another clap of thunder rumbled across the sustainability landscape recently. I received a press release from a company called CSC, which provides technology-enabled solutions and services. The press release talks about CSC’s Enterprise Compliance and Sustainability offering which collects, verifies, and distributes enterprise regulatory information.

When I first read the press release, I didn’t immediately make the connection from compliance to business intelligence. Compliance initially struck me as a narrow subject. Granted, compliance is only one of many parts in a corporate sustainability program; it’s one companies can’t ignore.

Then I read the quote from Kenneth Brant from Gartner:

“Meeting compliance requirements in the process manufacturing industries has often been sub-optimized by a piecemeal approach with little rationalization of business processes, IT architecture and data model designs, data management and reporting facilities.”

Aren’t we really talking BI here? He goes on to say that solutions are sorely needed that leverage IT assets and information management views across the enterprise. Hello BI vendors. Did you hear that?

With sustainability being


Another clap of thunder rumbled across the sustainability landscape recently. I received a press release from a company called CSC, which provides technology-enabled solutions and services. The press release talks about CSC’s Enterprise Compliance and Sustainability offering which collects, verifies, and distributes enterprise regulatory information.

When I first read the press release, I didn’t immediately make the connection from compliance to business intelligence. Compliance initially struck me as a narrow subject. Granted, compliance is only one of many parts in a corporate sustainability program; it’s one companies can’t ignore.

Then I read the quote from Kenneth Brant from Gartner:

“Meeting compliance requirements in the process manufacturing industries has often been sub-optimized by a piecemeal approach with little rationalization of business processes, IT architecture and data model designs, data management and reporting facilities.”

Aren’t we really talking BI here? He goes on to say that solutions are sorely needed that leverage IT assets and information management views across the enterprise. Hello BI vendors. Did you hear that?

With sustainability being such a new area for many corporations, there is still a lot of opportunity for BI vendors to partner with firms like CSC to provide solutions that help companies use the data and information they already have.

I just heard another clap of thunder…

This blog resides on the Beye Connect network and is dedicated to bringing corporate social resposibility (CSR), also known as corporate sustainability, and business intelligence together.

The synergies between BI and CSR are many. CSR is rooted in data and reporting, and is dependent on BI to be fully successful. Many in BI have not had much exposure to CSR, but hopefully will learn and help support the efforts that will ultimately leave our planet in better shape than we found it.

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