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Business intelligence is the process of making better decisions in an environment that provides data and reporting that is timely, reliable, consistent and understandable in a useful format or presentation.

BlogManagement consultants and business intelligence, analytics and big data system integrators often use terms synonymously, while in pragmatic reality meanings vary quite widely.
ColumnBusiness intelligence can satisfy needs, but analytics can tell you what you want to know
TrendsIDC Energy Insights study finds utilities are still in the early stages of deploying big data and analytics
BlogA list of capabilities to consider when evaluating BI platforms for R integration
Agile can and does work for BI in practice and may be more important for BI than for many other projects. Since users often don’t really know what they want in BI projects, giving them the opportunity to constantly tack and adjust a project’s evolutionary progress is vitally important to success. Here are six key approaches from CBIG Consulting Principal John Harmann that have served as starting points for many BI projects.
newsSurvey of more than 250 healthcare professionals, including senior-level health I.T. executives and medical staff, found that the main challenges to BI implementation are data complexity and lack of resources and skill sets.
Information Management's DM RadioThe most pervasive tool for business intelligence remains Microsoft Excel, despite a world of innovation in BI tools of all shapes and sizes. Appreciating this reality will pay significant dividends, but only if you have a strategy for dealing with it. Register for this episode of DM Radio to hear several experts discuss ways to manage a disparate data environment. Host Eric Kavanagh will interview Wayne Eckerson of the BI Leadership Forum, plus Rick Sherman of Athena IT Solutions, Lee Feigenbaum of Cambridge Semantics and Pat Roche of Noetix.
CommentaryThere are three general categories of resources that managers control: capital resources, human resources and information resources. Which asset is most important?
BlogProfessionals pushing the envelope of their business should understand how NoSQL can provide data for BI and analytics
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BlogMicroStrategy introduced a portfolio of products to make it easier to perform analytics and make them easier to access through the cloud and mobile forms of computing
BlogResults from a comprehensive evaluation of mobile business intelligence products and vendors
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CommentaryThe key to data visualization isn’t just providing a visual representation of data, it’s providing the right kind of visualization

Gartner’s analysis of the Business Intelligence and Analytics market is the most anticipated and highly respected in the industry. Many industry observers believe that some organizations will only consider software vendors that appear on the Gartner Magic Quadrant. That's because Gartner information is based on detailed customer surveys, interviews and Gartner's own research. In addition to the detailed analysis of vendors, Gartner also reviews major market and industry trends.
In this independent report, David White of the Aberdeen Group discusses how adding agile BI provides a self-service solution that helps both business stakeholders and IT achieve their goals.

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