Business Intelligence

Cognos vs. SAS vs. MicroStrategy

When choosing a Business Intelligence software solution, it’s important to have a bird’s eye view of the overall offerings of each platform, and how those features dovetail into an entrepreneur’s needs. In this article, we’ll be comparing three leaders in the space: Cognos, SAS and MicroStrategy.

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A Primer on Data Warehouse Requirements Gathering

Is your business information coherent enough for advanced analysis, or is it time to get serious about aggregation? Data warehouses have massive potential to imbue your reporting and scrutiny tasks with increased accuracy, but there’s more than one way to implement a repository. It’s up to you to create a system that satisfies the need for uniform data integration while remaining responsive to your analysis practices.

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Future of the Business Intelligence Software Market

This last year saw major changes that reverberated through the global business intelligence software market. While many of the driving principles behind business intelligence remain the same, there are a host of promising trends that make this an exciting time to be involved in the way organizations leverage data analysis. If you haven’t been keeping up with the BI market, read on for a quick recap and our predictions for the coming year.

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Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

There tends to be some confusion in the industry concerning Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing (DW). Some people conflate them into a single term – BI/DW (Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse) – and consider them to fundamentally be the same thing. Other people believe that a data warehouse merely stores information to form the back end of business intelligence, and that they are completely separate entities. As with many conflicts, the truth depends upon your point of view.

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7 Reasons to Use Self-Service Business Intelligence Tools

Self-service business intelligence boasts features that enable users to become more self-reliant and less dependent on information technology (IT) experts.  The 4 ways this is accomplished are: (1) easy access to source data (2) better support for data analysis, (3) faster deployment options, and (4) simpler, adaptive, and collaborative end-user interfaces.

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Four Useful BI Applications

The use of Business Intelligence (BI) is not a new concept to many companies and firms. It entails software solutions that analyze data that users input and/or are fed from data sources and presents visualizations, allowing an organization to come up with up-to-date and well-informed strategies. With the latest trend of technology and inventions, there are countless BI applications available for varied analysis.

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5 Questions Before Selecting Business Intelligence Software Solutions

Are you tired of technology implementations that don’t yield results? Nucleus Research has found that for every dollar invested in business intelligence tools (BI) and analytics, companies earn an average of $10.66 back. Additionally, 74 percent of businesses who fail to invest in BI are negatively impacted.

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10 Features of a Cloud BI Solution

If you’ve been in the market for a business intelligence (BI) solution, chances are you’re familiar with many on-site, hardware-based options. While hardware-based BI systems offers remarkable advantages and capabilities, there is another, less-expensive and equally powerful option: cloud-based business intelligence.

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Business Intelligence RFP Template and Guide

Business intelligence software is a powerful, yet complicated technology. Selecting the best BI platform for your business takes substantial legwork. It’s essential that your selection process, including your request for proposal (RFP), is managed well. When you are ready to create a business intelligence RFP, we recommend the following process to make sure you execute the RFP most effectively.

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