This is an excerpt from Wayne Eckerson's "Development Techniques for Creating  Analytic Applications" (TDWI Report Series), The Data Warehousing Institute, March 2005.

Analytic development environments (ADEs) are the newest development technique on the block. ADEs are typically component-based extensions of business intelligence (BI) tools that let developers and power users create sophisticated analytic applications by dragging analytical objects onto a graphical workbench, where they can be connected and configured to create an analytic application without writing much code, if any at all.

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