How to select a Business Intelligence system

How do you select a system when

  1. There are many similarities across systems,
  2. There are so many alternatives,
  3. Consolidation of BI vendors is rampant,
  4. Requirements are tough to define?

This in-depth seminar will be a case study on a system selection assignment for a company with 4,000 employees and 27 locations across the country. The company required a tool to automate their balanced scorecard and to better analyze their operations across multiple dimensions. The seminar will include the methodology used in the system selection and an analysis of the results of the RFP that was issued to many of the leading BI vendors.

We will follow this with a facilitated session during which attendees can share there own experiences choosing and using Business Intelligence tools. IRMAC members tell us that these information sharing opportunities can be the most valuable aspect of these seminars.


Michael Burns, MBA, CA, is President of 180 Systems, which provides an independent source of consulting advice in system review and assessment as well as selection of new systems. Michael’s career includes partner at a mid sized CA firm in Toronto, director of the Canadian mid-market consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as project management, software development and accounting/auditing services for a number of organizations.

Michael is a regular contributor to the CAmagazine and Bottom Line magazines, and has been a speaker at various computer conferences including the Financial Technology Show, CICA Microcomputer Conference, BI/ERP Conference and Project World. Michael is also a part-time professor for the Information Technology Management faculty at Ryerson University.



Feb 18 2004


8:30 am - 11:30 am


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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