The History Of Business Intelligence (Infographic)

Business Intelligence (BI), or computer-based techniques used in identifying, extracting, and analysing business data―such as sales revenue by products and/or departments, or by associated costs and incomes―has come a long way since its inception.

What started as a back-office function is now utilised by both consumers and IT decision makers alike toprovide historical, current and predictive views of business operations. Common functions of BI technologies are reporting, online analytical processing, analytics, data mining, process mining, complex event processing, business performance management, benchmarking, text mining and predictive analytics.

The idea is that BI aims to support better business decision-making. This interesting infographic follows the history of the industry, beginning in the early days of computers through to today’s information age.


Christian Harris is editor and publisher of BCW. Christian has over 20 years' publishing experience and in that time has contributed to most major IT magazines and Web sites in the UK. He launched BCW in 2009 as he felt there was a need for honest and personal commentary on a wide range of business computing issues. Christian has a BA (Hons) in Publishing from the London College of Communication.

  • Russell Scherwin

    Really cool work.  BI’s only getting more important.  But a BI history without mentioning Cognos and Business Objects is interesting.

  • BIWatcher

    Actually, I think a BI History article without mentioning Cognos or Business Objects is either uninformed or irresponsible.