I've been talking a lot about business intelligence lately. Just recently, IDC noted that among companies there is a growing trend for end-to-end BI, particularly due to the increased awareness of the business benefits that BI can bring .

ITWorldCanada.com has a great piece on Toronto-based business intelligence (BI) vendor Panorama Software and how they're using Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 with a Web-enabled BI software platform. In a recent post, I mention how PowerPivot (Microsoft's new in-memory engine) integrates with Excel to help employees better analyze data and make better business decisions.

Give it a read: It's telling that Panorama notes that users should still consider Excel as a key component in any BI strategy.