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Distilling Data: The Importance of Data Quality in Business Intelligence
As an enterprise’s data grows in volume and complexity, a comprehensive data quality strategy is imperative to providing a reliable business intelligence

business data  to get as much business data to the user as soon as possible often prevails over the establishment of processes that control the quality of data. Low data quality standards can lead to bad business decisions and missed opportunities. Even with a data warehouse that is well designed and equipped with the best tools for business intelligence (BI), users will encounter inefficiency and frustration if the quality of data is compromised. When embarking on a data warehousing or business intelligence project,

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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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Data Integration: Creating a Trustworthy Data Foundation for Business Intelligence


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business data  Trustworthy Data Foundation for Business Intelligence Organizations combine their historical data with current data from operational systems to satisfy business intelligence analysis and government reporting requirements. This paper discusses the importance of data integration and helps you identify key challenges of integrating data. It also provides an overview of data warehousing and its variations, as well as summarizes the benefits and approaches to integrating data. Read More

Data Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data


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Transactional Data: Driving Real-Time Business


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AMERICAN EXPRESS Selects TRADEX To Build New Business to Business Commerce Network


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