Horizontal Integration Bad, Vertical Good: BARC BI Study

I don’t know how many barroom brawls have started as debates over vertical vs horizontal integration, but BARC is pulling no punches in this attack on horizontal business intelligence.  They blame it for over-centralization, loss of flexibility, and the growth of poorly-governed “shadow BI”.  BARC favors vertical (that is, department-specific) BI and sees machine learning as the key to self-service “data democratization”.  Interesting insights.