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Focus Experts’ Briefing: BI Overview, Key Issues, and Trends

Source: Focus Research
Business intelligence (BI) applications analyze a company’s raw data to provide business process insights that can be leveraged for competitive advantage. Are such lofty goals realistic for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) that lack the IT talent found in a large enterprise? What capabilities should SMBs expect to find in a BI solution? And what are the “gotchas” to avoid? Find out in this report from Focus Research.


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