"Three letter acronyms have long been the hallmark of the software marketing wars, as providers looked to establish a beachhead by first defining a new critical business or technical arena, then proudly asserting their preeminence in that field.
The domain of planning and analytics has been fertile ground for the growth of terms for things businesses cannot live without. BPM, CPM, KPI, BSC -- the list is long. Despite an explosion of new terms and associated positioning, there is a set of very real trends at work, pushed forward by both business needs and advancing technology, that is driving both software providers and their corporate customers into the next generation. The trends are rooted in integration, and the need for integration is bringing about a harmonic convergence that has never before been seen in the business performance management (BPM) industry. "