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What's Really Driving Business Intelligence?
Typical explanations given for increased spending in business intelligence include, meeting government regulations, managing information overload, tracking

maps earth  balanced scorecard, called Strategy Maps , gives a decent overview of the process of reducing corporate strategy to supporting business processes and their underlying intangibles. It's heady stuff, but if you want to understand what's really driving the BI trend, you need to move beyond information into real knowledge. About the Author Christopher Kenton is president of Cymbic, a San Francisco (US) marketing agency and consulting firm specializing in marketing management for technology companies. He is a

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