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Adaptiveness in the manufacturing sector depends on being able to push decisionmaking to the shop floor. But that’s often easier said than done. However

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Business Intelligence (BI) Software Evaluation Report

This business intelligence (BI) Software Evaluation Report covers a full range of BI functionality. BI applications enable real time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. BI users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that support business decisions. This Software Evaluation Report covers everything from data mining to analytics, querying, reporting, workflow, and in-depth analysis. 

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Apriso, a provider of global manufacturing software solutions that has recently celebrated its 20th birthday, announced the launch of Apriso Global EMI (Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence) solution—that provides a truly global and consistent platform. The solution gathers and reports up-to-the-minute information—wherever and whenever it is needed across an enterprise—tailored and presented in a

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The advent of new computing models and innovative technologies is reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape. Read this buyer’s guide to get the latest on major changes in the BI and data management space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution. You’ll also get detailed product comparisons, a comprehensive vendor directory, customer success stories, and thought leadership commentary.

New trends in BI. We will review some of the new trends and technologies in the BA space as well as some of the players in the arena. We will also touch upon products such as operational intelligence and data discovery products and how they are impacting the BI space.

BI suite solutions. This section considers a group of important vendors in the BI space that offer a complete BI suite of solutions, with comprehensive coverage of many aspects of the BI lifecycle, from data collection to visualization.

Analytics databases. Here we take a general approach to a new breed of data management solutions for data analysis, as well as data warehousing solutions. This section covers some of the most relevant providers offering new ways to solving data warehousing issues and providing data analysis.

Business analytics. Last but not least, we will dive into a new set of data analytics tools specifically designed and prepared with advanced features and functions for specific industries. We will take a look at core predictive analytics tools and highlight some of the products available for specific industries, such as health care, and for financials, customer care and satisfaction, human resources (HR), and social media purposes.

This guide will therefore provide you with a broad overview of traditional and new BI offerings in the market so that you can stay current on all the changes taking place in the BI space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution to help you address your business needs.


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BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions

TEC Resources for Business Intelligence

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BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions


Major changes have been reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape in the last couple of years. BI software solutions have become not only more specialized in functionality, but also more powerful, versatile, and sophisticated in their capability. In addition, the systems are less monolithic, more function oriented, and easier to use.

These major trends in the BI space are a culmination of the changes in the software industry over the past decade and a natural evolution of the BI field. Certainly, the emergence of new computing models—such as cloud computing; the verticalization of many branches of enterprise software solutions to offer software specialized by function, industry, or line of business (LoB); and of course, the advent of innovative technologies such as mobile computing, big-data analytics, and in-memory technologies—is greatly influencing the way BI is performed today.

The complete BI cycle is continuing to change at a fast pace, and so is the set of complementary solutions to support the complete decision-making process of an organization. This guide aims to look at some of the traditional systems as well as new options in the BI marketplace that can help today’s organizations deploy or enhance their decision-support platforms. Specifically, we will explore the main features and functions of these software solutions and the role they play within the BI cycle to help your organization make better and more informed decisions.

With so many changes taking place in the BI and business analytics (BA) industry, it’s hard to stay current. This buyer’s guide will walk you through some of the changes in the BI and data management spaces, the new types of products currently available, and the innovative trends that are gaining traction and reshaping the BI industry.

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