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Business Intelligence Status Report: Recommendations
One of the biggest mistakes users often make with BI is forgetting the big picture, the strategic goals of what they hope to accomplish by accessing this

bi scm kpi  included in the total BI solution, does the boutique vendor provide the tools and service skills required? Do you feel comfortable with the financial viability and geographic coverage of boutique vendors, which are smaller due to their tight market focus? As both the enterprise and BI products evolve, who is responsible for keeping the two in synch? And who is responsible for integration? Are you able to provide the internal hardware and software support required? Or will that have to be the vendors'

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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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