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What is Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence refers to the methods and technologies that businesses use to gather and analyze raw data to help companies make business decisions. Business intelligence is not a new concept – the term was first introduced in the late 1980s but didn’t gain widespread usage until the early 2000s. In the beginning, the IT department would run complex business reports and share them with top executives. Now, thanks to a wide range of business intelligence software, any business user can run and access the information themselves in a quick manner.


Business Intelligence software gives businesses a way to keep all their data in one place where it can be viewed and combined into reports. Rather than each department and functional area keeping its own databases and documents, business intelligence software collects all of that information and combines it in one system where it can easily be accessed, organized, and used to make business decisions.


Business Intelligence is often called an “umbrella term” and refers to the technologies and activities that extract meaning out of large sets of data. BI activities include querying, reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining. Whether you’re sorting columns in spreadsheets or trolling through terabytes of Big Data using sophisticated software, some basic background information is helpful.

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History of Business Intelligence

history of business intelligence

Business intelligence existed before technology. Today it’s understood as a set of analyses that derive value and insight from data. Richard Millar Devens’ 1865 work, Cyclopaedia of Commercial and Business Anecdotes contains the first known usage of the term “business intelligence.” He uses it to describe the way that a banker, Sir Henry Furnese, succeeded: […]

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Mobile BI: 6 Key Ingredients for Success

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For years, pundits have told us that mobiles would replace many business laptops – and the market is proving them right. A glance at the news shows that devices are growing in size and capability: The new iPhone 6 Plus with its oversize 5.5-inch screen made a huge splash last week, and next month the […]

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The Future of BI: Simplicity

Future of BI Simplicity

Industry Expert Steven Schneider Discusses the Rise of “Easy BI” Business intelligence is complex. Sometimes, it’s too complex. For those new to the game, it can be hard to understand what BI can do. Even experienced users sometimes struggle to understand the potential of BI. And others familiar with the benefits of BI often lack […]

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Fighting Crime with Data: How Law Enforcement is Leveraging Big Data Analytics to Keep Us Safe

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Information catches criminals. That’s always been a fact. Law enforcement agencies have been taking advantage of data analytics since the mid-1990’s. But it’s only been within the last few years, however, that a flurry of programs launched across the country have begun to fully realize the potential of data intelligence in preventing crime. History The […]

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