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BI State of the Market Report
IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the

uk bi  many countries including the UK, Australia, Denmark, and the US. Case Study: RP Data Uses LogiXML to Power Its Real-estate Reporting and Analysis   About RP Data Anyone who has had any experience with the real estate market knows how data-intensive and data-centric it is. History and reports on individual properties; area sales by city, suburb, zip code or street; property investments; and countless other items are part of this market's lifeblood. For this reason, a company that provides such data and

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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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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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BI Principles for Another Kind of Intelligence


Traditional business intelligence (BI) and analytics applications aim to support the decision-making process of a company. By analyzing large amounts of data, most BI applications provide the means for making business-oriented decisions. This includes studying the data from the perspective of improving the business and generating more business. Most intelligence applications follow

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TDWI Conference in Chicago: The BI-cycle Still Running


Recently, I attended the TDWI Conference in Chicago. This conference was a great opportunity to learn insights from the people who are involved in the industry. In each conference, it’s always interesting to see how the BI sector has matured. The interest in gaining more and more control and improvement in the BI terrain is still a growing process. I’m glad to know there is still a lot to say

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Has The BI Market Consolidation Been Crystal-Clearly Actuated?


Although the recent spate of acquisitions in the business intelligence market, especially marked with Business Object’s acquisition of Crystal, Hyperion’s acquisition of Brio, and Actuate’s acquisition of Nimble, may bear resemblance to the raging consolidation in the ERP market, the underlying reasons for the first one are not that simplistic.

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Sage Analyst Day 2011: Not Your Older Brother’s Sage - Part 1


I often wonder how well-known is the fact that the Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)-based Sage Group, Plc (LSE: SGE) is a leading global provider of business management software and services to over 6.3 million small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) worldwide. After over 25 years in existence and with 13,400 employees worldwide, Sage reported US$2.24 billion in revenue in 2010, and the

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Dundas BI


Dundas BI is an enterprise-ready business intelligence (BI) and data visualization solution. With Dundas BI, users have tailored self-service for simplifying data analytics; a consistent, single experience for easy data access on any device; and powerful visualizations to create and customize dashboards and reports. With one, open platform, users can easily customize, extend, and integrate. Dundas BI provides real-time information to allow organizations to make better decisions and get insights faster. 

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SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us


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BI Maturity and Software Selection Perspectives


While new technology trends are invading the business intelligence (BI) space, technology shifts and hype do not necessarily equate to the ability to exploit the best tools for enhancing business performance. To select a best-fit BI solution, an organization needs to be able to realistically assess the maturity of its BI infrastructure. This allows them to discover where they are, what their BI requirements are, and how to determine the best BI solution or strategy. Download the full report now.

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2011 Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide: BI for Everyone


This buyer guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of business intelligence (BI) systems across large enterprises as well as small to medium businesses (SMBs). It presents a comprehensive view of the wide spectrum of BI software solutions currently available and investigates how they match different types of organizations according to size and need.

The guide addresses software solutions in three major groupings:

  • BI for large enterprises
  • BI for SMBs
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI offerings
The guide covers a wide range of BI solutions for almost all organizations, and anyone interested in a BI system should be able to identify a potential suitable solution. Each section contains specific information to help organizations research and analyze BI solutions, and make decisions about which BI software is a good fit for them.


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Preface

Business Intelligence: A Buyer’s Guide

SAP Customer Success Story
Marcus & Millichap Sharpens Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution Portfolio

SAP Customer Success Story
Aquent Uses SAP BusinessObjects Software Tools to Deliver Talent

QlikView Customer Success Story
Fast Growing Company, Mayflex, Chooses IBM Cognos Express to Deliver Essential Business Intelligence and Planning Capability

MicroStrategy Customer Success Story
Using MicoStrategy Mobile to Perform Marketing and Consumer Shopping Behavior Analysis

Thought Leadership
SaaS BI Tools: Better Decision Making for the Rest of Us

SAP Special Report
The Business Information Revolution: Best-run Businesses Innovate Better with SAP

TEC Special Report
The Role of Business Intelligence in Content Strategies


Vendor Directory


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Is BI Really for Everyone?


BI for Large Enterprises

Because of the nature of BI, which traditionally involved the incorporation of expensive high-end software technology, BI software systems were first deployed in large enterprises. To encompass the complete BI life cycle process, it was necessary to have strong budgets, as well as the means and justification for taking financial risks in order to gain a competitive advantage. To achieve this competitive advantage, many large companies were eager for software tools that would enable them to improve their decision-making process. Some software companies responded to this need by accelerating the evolution of classical decision support systems to provide sophisticated analysis tools with high-end software technology. Naturally, the high cost of these types of tools limited their accessibility to large-scale companies (also, the technical requirements for this technology could be met by big corporations only).

In the last four or five years, economic factors as well as the exponential growth of data volumes generated by organizations have forced the development of very sophisticated BI applications, and also expanded the kind of tools a classical BI system normally uses. The BI space is still growing and maturing, and large corporations are still demanding new solutions for new enterprise needs.


BI for SMBs

With recent economic conditions and the information boom, many smaller companies have found themselves requiring analysis tools that enable them to improve their business monitoring and performance improvement strategies. BI solution innovation has cascaded down from large companies to provide adapted and specific services to companies with a need for advanced analytic software tools but with very limited budgets. Recent BI tools have improved the BI life cycle to help organizations of every size and shape to improve analysis, data management, and data visualization tools.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2011 BI Buyer’s Guide for large enterprises and SMBs.

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Achieve a Complete Business Picture with a BI Dashboard


With the right business intelligence (BI) solution, any enterprise can improve performance, decrease time to market, analyze and forecast data, and achieve competitive advantage. However, it is important to consider whether your BI provides timely, clear data and integrates data from every possible source within the organization. The enterprise must carefully consider its specific requirements and choose a solution that provides the right information to the right user at the right time. Download this report to learn more.

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