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AccountMate Software An International Product No One Knew About Part Two: Applications, Competitive Analysis, and User Recommendations
AccountMate Software has been a player in the middle market for over twenty years. In the past several years it has been acquired by several global companies

consultants bi tool guides  Software An International Product No One Knew About Part Two: Applications, Competitive Analysis, and User Recommendations AccountMate Software An International Product No One Knew About -- Part Two: Applications, Competitive Analysis, and User Recommendations Featured Author - Charles Chewning Jr. - January 20, 2005 Introduction With installations in more than 54 countries, AccountMate Software ( http://www.AccountMate.com ) of Novato, CA (US) has been one of the quiet leaders in the middle

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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