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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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SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI for Business Intelligence Certification Report


SAP's business intelligence solution, SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, is now TEC Certified. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations who rely on the integrity of TEC’s research services for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this 24-page TEC report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Financial Reporting, Planning, and Budgeting As Necessary Pieces of EPM Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations


Although CPM (aka EPM) starts with strong financial management, it will eventually extend beyond financial planning to almost all areas of corporate activity. Therefore, organizations choosing BI suites should consider both their financial management tools and future integration with key business-area solutions (for example, PLM, CRM, and SCM).

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Creating Competitive Advantage in Growing and Mid-sized Businesses with Business Intelligence


Business intelligence (BI) is not only an imperative for big companies. Growing and midsized organizations also require visibility into all aspects of the business for their day-to-day decision-making, with accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information. We outline the issues, business ramifications, and solutions for the BI requirements of growing companies.

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Bridging the Reality Gap Between Planning and Execution Part One: The Problem


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Business Intelligence


The ability to extract and present information meaningfully is vital for business management. Indeed, business intelligence tools enable companies to make better decisions, by providing the right information to the right people at the right time. Moreover, employees increasingly suffer from information overload, and require solutions that make informed decisions a more natural part of the everyday work experience.

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Agile Data Masking: Mitigate the Threat of Data Loss Prevention


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Implementing Energy-Efficient Data Centers


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Next-generation Data Auditing for Data Breach Protection and Risk Mitigation


Data breaches and leaks are on the rise—and the consequences, from theft of identity or intellectual property, can seriously compromise a company’s reputation. Stolen laptops, hacking, exposed e-mail, insider theft, and other causes of data loss can plague your company. How can you detect (and respond!) to breaches and protect your data center? Learn about the functions and benefits of an automated data auditing system.

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Warehouse Management Systems: Pie in the Sky or Floating Bakery? Part One: Myths of the Warehouse Management Systems and Implementation


When searching for a warehouse management system (WMS), a number of myths surface. "Huge staff reductions", "quick and easy implementation", and "fast and big" returns on investment are common promises. These combined with the enticing "bells and whistles" of a system can ultimately turn an eager customer into a patient suffering from confusion or at the very least disorientation. Knowing the stories behind the myths and determining what your warehouse needs are can lead to a profitable investment.

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Enterprise Data Management: Migration without Migraines


Moving an organization’s critical data from a legacy system promises numerous benefits, but only if the migration is handled correctly. In practice, it takes an understanding of the entire ERP data lifecycle combined with industry-specific experience, knowledge, and skills to drive the process through the required steps accurately, efficiently, and in the right order. Read this white paper to learn more.

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Data Storage in the Cloud-Can you Afford Not To?


Storing data in the cloud using Riverbed Technology’s Whitewater cloud storage gateway overcomes a serious challenge for IT departments: how to manage the vast, and ever-growing, amount of data that must be protected. This paper makes the business case for cloud storage, outlining where capital and operational costs can be eliminated or avoided by using the cloud for backup and archive storage.

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Microsoft Releases New Version of Power BI, Improves BI in the Cloud


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