BPM Vs BI 0 (0)

Often ‘Business Performance Management’, ‘Business Intelligence’ and ‘Corporate Performance Management’ are used inter changeably.

So, how is ‘Business Performance Management’ and ‘Business Intelligence’ are presented by various sofware vendors like Cognos, Hyperion, Informatica, Ascential, Pervasive Software. Let’s take a look through their software offerings.

To begin with, the term “business performance management” is more for the senior management and strategy oriented. It is typcially being projected as a level above ‘business intelligence’.

Here’s what Hyperion has to say “Business performance management is a category of software that enables companies to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution, and provide insight to manage and improve both financial and operational performance. BPM provides individuals with business intelligence plus business rules, business content and business processes that support collaboration across the organization and a shared approach to managing and improving performance”

So, a company like Hyperion that is touting ‘BPM’ or Cognos promoting  ‘Corporate performance management’, talk about their tools for BI contributing to BPM…and try to make a distinction between the two.

For instance, Cognos has Metrics manager, Scorecards and BI–as a part of its BPM suite. Its BI suite includes tools for Reporting, Analysis, Data Visualization and dashboarding, Event management, Data integration and Data applications.

Cognos has enterprise planning, enterprise monitoring and enterprise business intelligence as a part of its performance suite.

At times they also use the words interchangeably as Hyperion does here.
“Hyperion’s BI platform is the only platform that supports entire spectrum of Business performance management—from query and reporting to analytics, planning, budgeting, forecasting, modeling, financial consolidation and end to end financial and operational reporting”

Cognos is a little guarded, though

“Business intelligence (BI) takes the volume of data your organization collects and stores, and turns it into meaningful information that people can use in their day-to-day activities. With information in accessible reports and analysis, you can make better and timelier business decisions. You have the means to understand the “Why” behind your business performance.”

Companies like Pervasive are purey data oriented, but they seem to address only a little of the BI space. In the case of Pervasive, data warehousing is almost equivalent to BI!!
“In today’s competitive business environment, data warehousing is not just for the large enterprise. In fact, almost every organization, regardless of size, can sharpen its competitive edge with business intelligence-accurate, timely information that is consolidated, analyzed, and managed in data marts and warehouses.”

Informatica uses BAM—business activity monitoring–instead of BI.
“Just as EAI and data integration are essential to enterprise integration, business intelligence, EAI, network systems management, and data warehousing all need to converge and interoperate in a BAM environment. Until now, there has been no single solution that addressed all these domains in a truly best-of-breed fashion”

Out of its product suite Power analyzer is for BI and its focus is more on data-integration once again.

Now, let’s make things simple. 
Business intelligence helps an organization to ‘act’ from ‘historic’ or ‘what has happened even a second before’ while ‘business performance management’, if at all it exists, helps businesses to become ‘proactive’ and ‘preempt’ certain unnecessary actions right from planning stage—in short BPM is about developing an insight that is very specific to the organization. Most of the suites available have some alignment with a management guru or a set of defined stategic principles.


From TIME LINE By Michael Crichton
“The very concept of time travel does not make sense, since time does not flow. The fact that we think time passes is just an accident of our nervous system–of the way things look to us. In reality time doesn’t pass; we pass.Time itself is invariant. It just is. Therefore past, present and future aren’t seperate locations, the way New york and Paris are seperate locations.And since it isn’t a location, you can’t travel to it.”

“..Remember, within the multiverse, the universes are constantly splitting, which means that many other universes are very similar to ours. And it is the similar ones that interact. Each time we make a beam of light in our universe, beams of light are simultaneously made in many similar universes, and the photons from other universes interfere with the photons in our universe and produce the pattern we see.”

“..Therefore some universes exist at an earlier time?
“Yes. Actually, since they are in infinite in number, the universes exist in all earlier times.

From ‘A Few Good Men’ 0 (0)

Col. Jessup: You want answers?
Kaffee: I think I’m entitled.
Col. Jessup: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Col. Jessup: You can’t handle the truth!
Jessup: I’d appreciate it if he would address me as “Colonel” or “Sir.” I believe I’ve earned it.
Randolph: Counsel will refer to the witness as “Colonel” or “Sir.”
Jessup: I don’t know what the hell kind of unit you’re running here.
Randolph: And you will refer to this court as “Your Honor” or “Judge”… I’m quite certain I’ve earned it. Take your seat, Colonel.
Col. Jessup: You see Danny, I can deal with the bullets, and the bombs, and the blood. I don’t want money, and I don’t want medals. What I do want is for you to stand there in that faggoty white uniform and with your Harvard mouth extend me some *beep* courtesy. You gotta ask me nicely.
Col. Jessup: Son, we live in a world that has walls.
And those walls have to be guarded by men
with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You,
Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater
responsibility than you can possibly
fathom. You weep for Santiago and you
curse the marines. You have that luxury.
You have the luxury of not knowing what I
know: That Santiago’s death, while tragic,
probably saved lives. And my existence,
while grotesque and incomprehensible to
you, saves lives.You don’t want the truth. Because deep
down, in places you don’t talk about at
parties, you want me on that wall. You
need me on that wall.

We use words like honor, code,
loyalty…we use these words as the
backbone to a life spent defending
something. You use them as a punchline.

I have neither the time nor the
inclination to explain myself to a man who
rises and sleeps under the blanket of the
very freedom that I provide, and then questions the
manner in which I provide it. I would rather
you just said thank you and went on your
way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a
weapon and stand a post. Either way, I
don’t give a damn what you think you’re
entitled to!

ET, IT…and the rest