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Contemporary Business Intelligence Tools
Tools under the business intelligence (BI) umbrella combine to convert data into information, and information into decisions for action. Dashboards and

contemporary business intelligence profile  Tools Contemporary BI Tools Contemporary business intelligence (BI) solutions should enable business users to easily author, publish, and distribute enterprise reports via a fully integrated report writer, with an easy-to-use report-creation wizard. Users will also have the power to customize and tailor reports to specific information needs. Report writing and graphing capabilities should enable even non-technical users to easily create and share clear representations of complex business conditions. In

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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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