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Making better business decisions through the use of timely and accurate information. Explanation of Business Intelligence.


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What is Business Intelligence? Definition

Business Intelligence (BI) aims at making better business decisions through the use of a broad category of Management Information Systems, applications and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data. BI uses timely and accurate information to make decisions.

Typical BI activities

Typically, BI activities include decision support, query and reporting, online analytical processing, statistical analysis, forecasting, and data mining. BI represents those systems that help companies understand what makes the corporation successful, and to help predict the future impact of current decisions. These systems play a key role in strategic planning process of the corporation.

Typical Business Intelligence Applications

Typical BI systems are: customer profiling, market basket analysis, anti money laundering, anti fraud, customer contact analysis, market segmentation, credit scoring, product profitability, inventory movement as well as certain risk related applications.

Business Intelligence software

BI software provides better steering information to managers, enabling them to make better business decisions, ultimately leading to increased shareholder and stakeholder value creation. BI systems play a key role in strategic planning process of the corporation.

Business Intelligence - Process
Business Intelligence Forum
  SAS Business Intelligence Interview
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  Setting up a BI Unit
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  Software for Mass Data Analysis?
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  Creating Decision Making Dashboards
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  Evaluation of Business Intelligence Systems. Metrics
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  Business Intelligence Definitions
Business Intelligence (BI) is the process of gathe...
  Business Intelligence Software
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  Business and Strategic Intelligence
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  Combining GIS and BI
Sometimes we can combine a GIS with BI to provide ...
  Business Intelligence Quotes
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  Business Intelligence History
Wikipedia says In 1989 Howard Dresner, a Research ...
  Self-servicing Business Intelligence
Bill Hostmann from Gartner Research in a SAS magaz...
  Decision-centric BI (DCBI)
I recently read a new term: "Decison-centric BI" i...

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Best Practices - Business Intelligence Premium
  Business Intelligence Tools for SMEs
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Babson-Professor Thomas H. Davenport in the Harvar...
Usage (application): Business Intelligence, Business Analytics, Evidence-based Decision Making, Big Data

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According to Liam Fahey in the article “The Fut...
Usage (application): CI, BI, Business Analytics, Compettive Advantage

Using BI for Competitive Advantage - Best PracticesSign up

In a recent report from the Economist Intelligence...
Usage (application): Business Intelligence, Competitive Advantage, Best Practices

Common Business Intelligence PitfallsSign up

In a recent white paper by QlikView titled "BI for...
Usage (application): Investing in BI, Avoiding Pitfalls, Getting Full Value out of Business Analytics

Limitations of Real-time Business IntelligenceSign up

- Cost - The costs of real-time BI are very high. ...
Usage (application): Decision-making, Business Analytics, Decision Support

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- Real-time BI dramatically reduces the latency of...
Usage (application): Decision-making, Business Analytics, Decision Support

What are the Main Categories of BI Tools?Sign up

It is essential that any organization understands ...
Usage (application): BI Types, BI Categories

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According to Tad Leahy in the article “The right B...
Usage (application): Generic Steps to Consider, Checklist

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The problem of data credibility
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Usage (application): Improving Data Reliablility, IT, Business Intelligence

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According to the report "Levelling the Playing Fie...
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Relevance of BI to Strategy and Decision-makingSign up

A research study conducted by Business Week Resear...
Usage (application): BI, Decision-making, Business Analytics

Defining Real-time Business IntelligenceSign up

Real-time Business Intelligence, in contrast to bu...
Usage (application): Decision-making, Business Analytics

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Paper by Luminita Hurbean. In today’s highly compe...
Usage (application): Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, Key Performance Indicators, ERP, Predictive Analysis

Implementation of a Business Intelligence Strategy. StepsSign up

This presentation is about BI and the steps that n...
Usage (application): Business Intelligence, BI Strategy, BI Process, BI Steps

BI Overview: the Concept and Main TrendsSign up

Presentation that provides an overview of Business...
Usage (application): Business Intelligence

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Paper by Saadat Alhashmi. Competitive organisation...
Usage (application): External Knowledge Sharing

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Presentation about unstructured consumer informati...
Usage (application): Customer Analysis, Data Management

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Introduction by expert Joe Panebianco gives a firs...
Usage (application): Understanding KPIs, Introduction

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