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What Is The History of Business Intelligence?

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

The history of Business Intelligence (BI) can be traced back to the 1960s, with the emergence of mainframe computers and the use of computers for data analysis. The following is a brief timeline of key events in the history of BI:

  1. 1960s: The advent of mainframe computers and the use of computers for data analysis marks the beginning of BI.

  2. 1970s: The concept of decision support systems (DSS) emerged, which used computer technology to support organizational decision-making.

  3. 1980s: The first executive information systems (EIS) were developed, which provided top-level executives with easy access to key performance metrics.

  4. 1990s: The growth of the internet and the emergence of data warehousing technologies created a new era of BI. Data warehousing provided a centralized repository for storing and analyzing large amounts of data.

  5. 2000s: The introduction of BI software and the widespread use of business dashboards made BI accessible to a broader range of users.

  6. 2010s: The advent of big data, cloud computing, and advanced analytics technologies transformed BI, making it more accessible and powerful.

Today, BI is integral to many organizations, providing insights into operations and enabling data-driven decision-making. The evolution of BI continues, with machine learning and artificial intelligence providing new capabilities for organizations. Keep a lookout for our up-and-coming "AI" blogs!

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