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Business Intelligence: A Guide for Midsize Companies
Business intelligence (BI) is not a new concept. What’s new is that BI tools are now accessible for midsize companies. Managers can use BI to analyze complex

complain a manager  customer invoices. Customers frequently complain about being invoiced twice for the same purchase or shipment. Difficult-to-use BI technology. Your company's sales manager used analysis tools at her former job that she insists be used in your company as well. Although your company has invested in several licenses, users that have tried to use these tools have given up in frustration and rely exclusively on spreadsheets instead. No retention policy or practice for historical values. The sales department

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