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Dresner Taps the BI 'Wisdom of the Crowds'

When Howard Dresner recently pinged me about his new "Wisdom of the Crowds" Business Intelligence Market Survey," I thought it might have something to do with James Surowiecki's book of the same name. Turns out he's just tapping into your experience and wisdom, not further explaining the strength-in-numbers phenomenon...

When Howard Dresner recently pinged me about his new "Wisdom of the Crowds" business intelligence market survey, I thought it might have something to do with James Surowiecki's book of the same name. Turns out he's just tapping into your experience and opinions on various BI products, not further explaining the phenomenon whereby large groups invariably do a better job of answering questions and solving problems than learned experts.Dresner, the former Gartner analyst, frequent author and now a consultant, certainly is one of those learned experts, but he's relying on practitioners like you to come up with fresh insight and detailed user feedback on the capabilities, tech support, consulting service, value and general merit of leading BI products. It's a refreshingly simple, one-page survey with just 15 questions, so I encourage you to take part. The survey is not sponsored by any vendor, says Dresner, so I'm hoping to report on key results. The survey concludes on March 15, so there's just two weeks to go.

Dresner is a keynote speakers at April's Gartner BI Summit in Las Vegas, so I'm guessing he'll also share some of the results at that event. For those who have already taken the survey, you might also be interested in his early take on the top-ten issues/concerns organizations have with their BI vendors and products, which are detailed in this blog post. But wait until after you have taken the survey, so it doesn't bias the wisdom of your unjaded reaction to the questions.When Howard Dresner recently pinged me about his new "Wisdom of the Crowds" Business Intelligence Market Survey," I thought it might have something to do with James Surowiecki's book of the same name. Turns out he's just tapping into your experience and wisdom, not further explaining the strength-in-numbers phenomenon...

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