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"The earliest known use of the term "Business Intelligence" is in Richard Millar Devens’ in the ‘Cyclopædia of Commercial and Business Anecdotes’ from 1865." This is the cause of inaccuracy perpetuated by 'copy and paste' across several websites.
Firstly, the author of "Cyclopædia of Commercial and Business Anecdotes" is Richard Miller Devens not 'Millar'. There is an earlier edition published in 1864 which may not be the first edition of the work. It is often problematic to establish the first year of publication for books of this era. Technically, the earliest use of the term 'business intelligence' is not 1865 but can also be found on p. 210 of the 1864 edition with the given quote re banker, Sir Henry Furnese.   
Rewrite: The earliest known use of the term, 'business intelligence', is attributed to the American historian, Richard Miller Devens (1824-1900), in "Cyclopædia of Commercial and Business Anecdotes", first published c. 1864. Devens used the term to describe how the English banker, Sir Henry Furnese (1657 or 1658-1712), gained profit by receiving and acting upon information about his environment, prior to his competitors. "Throughout Holland, Flanders, France, and Germany, he maintained a complete and perfect train of business intelligence. The news of the many battles fought was thus received first by him, and the fall of Namur added to his profits, owing to his early receipt of the news." (Devens, (1864), p. 210).
I agree that the BI industry is changing and quickly. As many companies are being bought up by stack vendors there are as many new companies coming into play. There are a few still surviving on their own and changing the game. Providing new thinking through future technology and innovation will certainly continue to change the industry. These companies include Micro Strategies and IBM Cognos. There are also smaller companies that are niche solutions but these two are the larger ones that are competing with the stack vendors and still maintaining their independence.
Greetings! Here with a request to update the section Marketplace to give readers a few examples of the so-called pure-play vendors and megavendors. At present, the article mentions no companies in either category, though several are household names (and Notable); it seems to me that naming the big players would help the reader understand the marketplace better. You can see my additions below in bold, though they are of course not boldfaced in the prepared markup:
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I happen to be professionally affiliated with one of them, MicroStrategy, so given this financial COI I will not edit this article directly. Can other editors assist in posting this edit? Happy to answer any questions if need be. Thanks, WWB Too (Talk · COI) 16:50, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
- Per your request on my talk page to look at this: I'm not fond of random lists of commercial "examples" in topics like this. There are dozens of vendors mentioned in the references, and attempts to cherry pick them usually wind up as spam magnets. Thank you for your professionalism and transparency, but I can't make that change. Kuru (talk) 00:09, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
- OK, I appreciate the reply and understand the concern. I recognize the potential for abuse, though it's disappointing: the companies are all WP:N and the citations are all WP:RS. I won't push on this one, but I will leave the request in case anyone might favor the change at a later point. WWB Too (Talk · COI) 13:47, 29 March 2018 (UTC)