The business intelligence (BI) and analytics industry has undergone tremendous change over the last 30 years. A multi-billion-dollar industry has developed, involving hundreds of vendors and millions of users. While every BI vendor claims their product offers significant advantages over the competition, do any of these solutions truly deliver on the promise of improved business performance through the integration and analysis of data made available to a broad end user audience? This paper explores the current business intelligence paradigm and offers suggestions on how, through the harnessing of artificial intelligence (A.I.) technologies, the realization of increased operational performance through the analysis of data may be achieved on a much more significant scale.