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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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Transforming Data into Insights: 7 Real World Use Cases

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Data is shaping culture and society. You may not be aware of it, but business intelligence has exerted a revolutionizing influence across industries. Data analytics was once a force in the shadows. Today insights are shaping the headlines, helping corporations, non-profits, and even Major League Baseball teams improve their organization’s performance. 1. Capitalizing Ticket Sales on Broadway Producers from […]

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Why Cognitive Computing Is about to Change the Way You Think about Data Analytics

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You don’t need to look much further than the estimated $3 billion in venture capital investment made from 2009-2013 in new analytics-related ventures to get an idea of the excitement surrounding big data and analytics. And what’s more is that this sum doesn’t even count the mountains of money being poured into R&D and acquisitions […]

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BI Industry Monthly Roundup: July

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Each month, BI Software Insight will report on the major developments in the business intelligence industry, highlighting the most important news from vendors across the field. This roundup will include purchases, partnerships, investments, and new and updated software releases. Oracle Oracle has created a data-as-a-service tool by uniting its BlueKai consumer data aggregation platform with other […]

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The Ultimate List of Business Intelligence Vendors

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The BI market is in constant flux. New vendors frequently appear, and just as frequently disappear or become acquired by a larger company. From niche players to the major providers, we have compiled a list of active business intelligence vendors today. 1.  Cloud-based 1010data provides big data discovery options within the same location where it […]

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