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The Top Five Challenges with SQL Server Reporting and BI
Users of SQL Server value its power, speed, and affordability. But research shows that these users often face significant challenges in producing the business

rank bi  that BI continues to rank, for the fourth year in a row, highest on the CIO's list of priorities. So, what are Microsoft BI users to do? An investment has already been made and it is not clear that there are alternatives that provide better functionality and, importantly, are affordable. In some cases the investment is justified as the organization's BI profile is such that the Microsoft offering makes sense. We detail the characteristics of such an organization in the next section. For other organization

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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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Business Intelligence (BI)


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