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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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To BI or not to BI
Nowadays a company should not even question whether it needs business intelligence (BI) or not. Those who do not have it yet should include it in their future

define bi  applications, which helps administrators define a relevant work environment for each user. How do you intend to use the information? If you only use your BI product as a report generator, then you have missed the point: BI is not a reporting tool. It does generate all types of reports but it also allows you to create what-if scenarios, compare data from different sources and timeframes, and identify pain points in your processes, among other things. A good BI product should allow you to accurately transla

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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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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