The retrospective reveals interesting market trends. While until the mid-1990s software solutions with pre-defined planning standards were being sought, so that the decision-making authority was to be borne by the controlling department, in the years thereafter it was the IT department that attempted to manage the rapidly growing technology through a variety of acquisitions of tools of all kinds. Reporting solutions, analysis tools, original planning approaches, ETL support, etc. were analysed like mad on the market and attempts were made to integrate them into the IT landscape. Recently, the departmental fronts have re-calibrated themselves and they are striving to make the software selection together. In almost all decision-making processes, business and IT managers are once again sitting at the same table. What has actually changed compared to previous years?

We recognize that business and IT standards are important and form the basis for every decision. However, the main focus of a new application is on software customization. Flexible and timely customizing dominates the decision-making process. Current BI solutions must be fit and kneadable for business and IT adaptations. In order to be able to fulfil this wish, a comprehensive survey of the requirements profile is required, both for the purchase decision and for the subsequent implementation. This entrepreneurial homework is very often neglected. The opinion to have all requirements in one's head anyway but not on paper and to gain decision facilitating information from "manufacturer audits" can quickly bring every project to failure.

For this and of course other reasons, we want to use this magazine to present diverse BI projects with different customer requirements in order to show readers the broad spectrum of Business Intelligence as a technology and as a solution. At the end of the reports, we offer a decision tree for the software selection process, which should present and facilitate the so-called "preparatory homework" in a simple structure.

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