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Best Practices for a BI and Analytics Strategy
A growing number of organizations are moving toward having more pervasive business intelligence (BI) by turning to evidence-based decision making supported by a

best practices bi  makers to have the best possible intelligence about customers, finances, operations, suppliers, and the market. This white paper addresses several questions that BI customers are facing.

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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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Best Practices for Implementing BI in ERP-centric Environments


Business intelligence (BI) is a priority for many organizations, promising enhanced visibility and improved efficiencies. But for those with existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, implementing or updating a BI program raises especially interesting challenges. This set of vendor-neutral articles outlines best practices for creating or optimizing BI programs that effectively leverage existing ERP investments.

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Best Practices for Using Excel as a BI Tool


Like its Microsoft Office cousins, Word and PowerPoint, Excel is de rigueur software in businesses around the world. And in offices that lack a formal business intelligence (BI) solution, Excel often becomes the go-to tool for compiling and analyzing business data In this guide, John Wilson, CEO of Claim Insights, and other Focus Experts offer top tips and best practices for using Excel as a business intelligence tool.

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Business Intelligence Best Practices: Simplify the Reporting Landscape


Best practices for reporting have often been overlooked. Most of the time we focus on eye candy—such as dashboards—and overlook report generation and report production, which are crucial concepts at the heart of business intelligence (BI). Learn more about the current reporting situation, and learn about ways to use reporting tools to improve the reporting processes in your company and make them more efficient.

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Best Practices in Extending ERP: A Buyer’s Guide to ERP versus Best-of-breed Decisions


The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to expand, blurring the boundaries of core ERP functionality. The three essential factors to consider in ERP versus best-of-breed decisions are functionality, integration, and the ability to upgrade. Find out the questions you need to ask when considering an ERP extension.

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Integrating BI and ERP


For many years, business intelligence (BI) has proven to be invaluable for enhancing database information in the retail and banking sectors. But to be truly useful in the manufacturing sector, the manufacturing environment’s existing technology information structure needs to continually inform the BI system. This can now be accomplished more efficiently by embedding BI into the enterprise software itself.

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The Best Practices of Successful Manufacturers


Learn about them in the white paper best practices in complex equipment manufacturing, sales, and service.

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BI on the Go


Infographic: TEC recently surveyed more than 250 users of mobile business intelligence (BI) solutions to discover some of their common use practices with mobile BI applications, and their mobile BI requirements. See what they said.

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Best Practices for Managing Just-in-Time Production


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BI Software Review: ESS BI Portal Business Intelligence


This business intelligence (BI) software review report examines the BI software by Enterprise Software Solutions (ESS) and its support for business management processes against known benchmarks. It assesses ESS BI Portal version 4.0 for BI functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Reporting and Analysis
  • Analytics
  • Data Warehouse
  • Workflow
  • Data Integration
  • Support
  • Product Technology

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the BI software based on a demonstration provided by ESS. The review identifies the features of ESS BI Portal that distinguishes it from other business process management solutions, including its integration capabilities with the SQL Server product stack, its performance monitoring capabilities for optimized task performance, and its reporting and data visualization tools with flexible import/export capabilities. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

ESS BI Portal achieved TEC certification status for its BI software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the BI software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of ESS BI Portal, a TEC analyst has assessed the BI software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that ESS BI Portal is a strong BI system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how ESS BI Portal can help businesses achieve their BI objectives.

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BI Software Implementation Success: The Human Factor


We are easily convinced that having the right business intelligence (BI) application will help us achieve total control over our business and increase the return on investment (ROI) of our data. While BI solutions undeniably have this potential, the success of a BI software implementation depends on several factors. TEC Research Analyst Jorge García looks at the role of the human factor in your implementation project.

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