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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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Governed Data Discovery: What You Need to Know

Governed Data Discovery

Governed Data Discovery is one of the trending buzzword of 2014. The term made its debut in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant Report. Gartner first popularized the term data discovery  and now is adding governed to the term. While it forms a great acronym, GDD, the clear question here is what does Governed Data Discovery actually mean? […]

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Business Intelligence vs. Business Analytics: What’s The Difference?

Business Analytics vs Busienss Intelligence

Business intelligence and business analytics…aren’t they the same thing? Or are they describing opposite processes? There are a lot of big words that get thrown around in the world of BI, and it’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of interpretation. Trending Terminology The diversity of opinion reflects the fluidity of how we understand […]

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The Future of Data Warehousing: 7 Industry Experts Share Their Predictions

Future of Data Warehousing

The days of using spreadsheets to manage a company’s data are long gone. The big data revolution has brought profound changes to how companies collect, store, manage, and analyze their data. Advances in data warehousing have empowered companies to take millions of rows of disparate bits of information and generate on-demand, real-time insights to help make smarter, data-driven […]

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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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