Sounds a bit crazy, I know, but I have some business planning/forecasting providers telling me that their tools can provide many of the features of a BI tool, but, having used huge BI tools in the past (like Business Objects) I just don't know if I accept that planning tools can take the place of BI tools. And my company has a lot of website analytics to crunch. Any insight?
What is the difference between BI systems and forecasting systems?
Depending on the size and scope of your company, I agree with you: there are somefunctions a BI product (such as Business Objects) can perform for the budgeting and forecasting cycle. However, things like cash flow forecasting, smoothing, distributed
Web analytics are a different game altogether. I don't think you'll find products that take that into account without joining (not knowing the size of your business) a CoreMetrics or Omniture web