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A Demand-driven Approach to BI
The core concept behind the Vanguard solution is that business intelligence (BI) must be demand-driven, which means that the business needs of the user dictate

bi material  the Mid-market Found Vanguard BI Solutions? Vanguard's eDeployment Another core concept of the Vanguard solution is the automated publication and delivery of analytic content to end users, as the eDeployment module automatically generates and pushes customized, updated Information Views to business users. These Information Views are user-defined, personalized data sets, in the form of a client-side on-line analytic processing (OLAP) interface, with intuitive data analysis, report writing, and graphing

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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