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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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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which BI solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Executive Overview
Using BI 2.0 to Increase your Competitive Advantage

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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI for Business Intelligence Certification Report


SAP's business intelligence solution, SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, is now TEC Certified. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations who rely on the integrity of TEC’s research services for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this 24-page TEC report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Business Answers at Your Fingers: The Real-time Value of BI


Today’s businesses are challenged by a multi-dimensional and continually evolving competitive environment. Top-performing organizations must develop strategies to manage the growth of data volume and complexity while exploiting that data to create quicker business insight. See how these top performers are leveraging (near) real-time analytics to proactively manage their business and drive huge performance improvements.

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Is There Much More (Pro)Clarity In Microsoft’s BI Strategy Now? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series presented Microsoft’s official position on its recent notable change in business intelligence (BI) product strategy, whereby the company is breaking apart the business performance management (BPM) family of products. To that end, Microsoft will include the monitoring and analytic functionality within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, while seriously

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Platform for Cloud BI and Analytics


Purpose-built for agility, Birst’s business analytics platform it a multitenant cloud solution with the flexibility for organizations to choose where their data is hosted. A software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution like Birst can significantly lower the cost of resource required to implement and maintain a business intelligence (BI) solution. This paper provides a technical overview of the Birst platform, including its architecture, components, functionality, and approach to user experience.

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Mobile BI Market Landscape Report


BI applications aim to provide users with the technology, analytics, and user experience features needed to improve the organization’s decision-making process, and many providers now offer mobile BI software features. This report is intended to guide you through the evolution of a number of mobile BI applications as well as to provide you with an analysis of information gathered from both the mobile BI vendor and user communities in your exploration of the mobile BI marketplace.

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Innovation Driver and BI Vendor QlikTech’s QlikView Is Now a TEC Certified BI Solution


We are pleased to announce that QlikTech’s QlikView, version 11, is now part of TEC’s certified business intelligence (BI) applications family of products, and available for evaluation online in the Business Intelligence and Data Management Evaluation Center. In just a matter of a few weeks I’ll be providing the full certification report, which will be available on the TEC

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Halo BI Product Suite


The Halo BI Product suite helps users answer their most important business questions quickly, easily, and cost effectively.It combines traditional business intelligence (BI) with big data analytics and super-charges it with next-generation visualization, collaboration, and decision support tools that the whole business ecosystem can use.

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Is My Business Too Small for Business Intelligence (BI)?


Does business intelligence (BI) make sense for really small businesses? While BI solutions can surface and analyze business data, providing a competitive advantage for enterprises, this inquiry puts the spotlight on smaller businesses. But how does a small business deal with the costs associated with this kind of system? Learn why (and how) BI can be a smart choice for even the smallest business.

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Birst Cloud BI


Birst enterprise-caliber business intelligence (BI) delivers accurate, actionable content in an intuitive, self-service environment. It allows users to combine data from different source systems to get answers to their business concerns in real time.

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