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Give BI to the Masses
In today’s business intelligence (BI) industry—despite the search for better, more suitable, and more advanced technology for BI applications—there is a special

resource guides bi  Office, or an enterprise resource planning [ERP] or customer relationship management [CRM] system); easily deploying BI as a new desktop application; or offering BI with business models such as open source or other types of licensing method. Regarding the mass use of BI tools for all kinds of companies, some progress might be emerging not from the BI establishment, but from the very software vendors whose products are already deeply involved in operations. Microsoft and MicroStrategy are two examples of

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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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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