Although CPM (aka EPM) starts with strong financial management, it will eventually extend beyond financial planning to almost all areas of corporate activity. Therefore, organizations choosing BI suites should consider both their financial management tools and future integration with key business-area solutions (for example, PLM, CRM, and SCM).
which often creates an island of analysis rather than the consistency needed for collaborative decision making. Thus, there is competition from the more rounded BI providers, such as Cognos , Business Objects , SAS Institute , Informatica , and Hyperion , and from tier one ERP providers, despite many of these vendors' likely less sharp focus on financial reporting, planning, and budgeting at this stage. It will be particularly interesting to watch Microsoft's approach to Crystal Reports (now part of