I have assisted to a training course about agile practices for software development projects.
This picture was used during the session and I want to remind it:
It shows how the empirical process evolves through the time, and how it reachs its destiny.
All this has to be done with the right visibility, inspection, and adaptation.
Some reading for my summer time:
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms
There are interesting details that helped me to understand the position of Microsoft in this area and the evolution Business Objects is taking.
Open source solutions as Pentaho and Jaspersoft are mentioned but not ranked becuase they do not reach the minimum number of requirements.