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BI Reporting: Does the Tool Really Matter?
Last month I listened to several discussions about the importance of choosing the right reporting tool when installing a business intelligence (BI) solution

consultants bi tool system  appears. Some BI system consultants and developers consider that when all the basic pieces—data warehouse, data flow, and analysis services—are in place, the reporting tool can be considered secondary and has less relevance in the information cycle. With all the background set up, you can work with a standard reporting tool and generate all the necessary reporting with reliable information. Personally, I don’t agree with this idea. Many times I have experienced the pain—and sometimes even the

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Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

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The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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According to recent reports from Ericsson, data traffic through mobile devices increased by 28 percent globally between Q3 and Q4 of 2012, with 140 million new mobile subscriptions in Q4 of 2012. Mobile subscriptions worldwide had grown at a pace of 8 percent year over year by Q1 of 2013, and the number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew at a rate of 45 percent to reach around 1.7 billion. At this point, it is fair to say that the world has turned mobile, and there is no turning back. While regions such as Africa and Asia Pacific are seeing tremendous growth, there is no region in the world that has not seen important growth in mobile subscription rates. Mobile devices have been assimilated globally, and are here to stay.

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