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Smart Business Intelligence Applications For the iPhone in 2016

February 9, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Mobile business intelligence is no longer recognized as a nice-to-have feature since it has become paramount to a company’s productivity. With this system, there is no need to restrict your business to four walls. These applications enable employees to make informed business decisions on-the-go and thereby improve the company’s bottom line. Listed below are some mobile BI applications for the iPhone that every entrepreneur needs.[read more]

The 4 Advantages of Choosing a Cloud BI Provider

February 3, 2016 by Annie Bustos

Along with the rise of Big Data and the desire for companies to better understand their customer base comes the pressing need for business intelligence (BI) solutions. In the past few years these were traditionally on-premises solutions but they are now shifting to the cloud making them more affordable and more scalable. In fact, the cloud based BI market is projected to grow to $2.94B by 2018.[read more]

Who’s Hot in Analytics and Business Intelligence

April 24, 2015 by Tony Cosentino

Analytics and BI.

The Value Index analysis uncovered notable differences in how well products satisfy the business intelligence needs of employees working in a range of IT and business roles. Our analysis also found substantial variation in how products provide development, security and collaboration capabilities and role-based support for users. Thus, we caution that similar vendor scores should not be taken to imply that the packages evaluated are functionally identical or equally well suited for use by every organization or for a specific process.[read more]

How CFOs Benefit from a BI Visualization Tool

March 9, 2015 by Tagetik Software

Appearances matter. The way that data is presented affects our capacity to understand it and influences how quickly and easily the information and insights it provides can be used to inform ourdecision-making.[read more]

Business Is Winning the BI Battle, but Should It Be a Battle?

February 20, 2015 by RK Paleru

Business and BI.

Every year I look to Gartner’s predictions on the Business Intelligence and Analytics market, not only because I want to know what’s right and where the market is headed but also to learn what maybe wrong and what can practitioners like me learn from it.[read more]

BI & Analytic Trends of 2015: Storyboarding Becomes Best Practice for BI Design

January 30, 2015 by Rick Sherman

BI & analytic trends.

Typically BI applications are designed and built on a piecemeal basis. Either an IT person gathers the requirements for a specific dashboard or report, designs and builds it, and then hands it off to business people to figure out when and where to use it or the business people create their own dashboards or reports using self-service BI tools.[read more]

BI & Analytic Trends for Business Value

January 29, 2015 by Rick Sherman

BI & analytic.

The first wave of enterprise application vendors have expanded the depth and breadth of their first generation BI applications and are already offering sophisticated operational BI applications. Subsequent waves of enterprise application vendors are following the same course and this trend will accelerate.[read more]

Actuate and OpenText: The Background and Potential Future

January 22, 2015 by Tony Cosentino

Types of big data for analytics.

Actuate’s foundational asset is BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) and its developer community. With more than 3.5 million developers and 13.5 million downloads, the BIRT developer environment is used in a variety of companies on a global basis. The BIRT community includes Java developers as well as sophisticated business intelligence design professionals, which I discussed in my outline of analytics personas.[read more]

Spice Up Your Spreadsheets: Boosting BI with Google Spreadsheets

January 14, 2015 by Eran Levy


Google Spreadsheets isn’t as simple as you think it is, it’s actually a serious Business Intelligence asset. For those of you that may be scoffing, I’m not kidding. According to Google, more than 5 million businesses are already using the recently rebranded Apps for Work.[read more]

BI & Analytic Trends of 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

January 12, 2015 by Rick Sherman

BI & analytic trends.

It’s the time of year when analysts, consultants, vendors and industry pundits publish their predictions on the trends that they feel will have significant impact on the industry in the New Year. Although it’s always interesting to read what trends people think will expand the use and value of data analytics, it strikes me that the “yellow brick road” to information nirvana is not as easy or as straightforward as these prediction foretell.[read more]

3 Practical Tips for Effective BI Dashboard Design and Implementation

January 8, 2015 by Keyan Keihani

BI dashboard.

This article takes an extremely holistic and practical look at successful dashboard design and implementation. These three simple tips not only compare the benefits of certain visual formats over others, but they also look at the business context behind these considerations.[read more]

Does the Future Lie with Embedded BI?

December 17, 2014 by Eran Levy


In the near future we might see BI take another direction: Rather than companies merely purchasing dashboard reporting software for the purposes of internal usage, we’ll be seeing a surge in companies looking to integrate advanced analytics and reporting into their own products. Welcome to the world of embedded analytics.[read more]

How to Compare Business Intelligence Cloud Costs and Features

October 20, 2014 by Jason Bowden

BI cloud features.

As an IT provider, I am overwhelmed with all the options for Business Intelligence in the cloud and very confused by how to compare service offerings in order to effective provide the best solutions. In the article we will discuss some of the different offerings on the market and why all business are racing toward the cloud for Business Intelligence Solutions.[read more]

The Importance of BI Specific Skill Sets

September 26, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise


BI implementations are becoming more commonplace as organizations realize they cannot overlook the management of and access to their data in order to facilitate better decision-making. What this means for many is the re-evaluation of resources, skill sets, and project planning to ensure that the proper resources exist to support BI and analytics development.[read more]

Similarities and Differences Between Predictive Analytics and Business Intelligence

August 12, 2014 by Dean Abbott

Predictive analytics vs. BI.

BI and PA are important but complementary disciplines. BI is a much larger field and understandably so. PA is more of a specialty, but a specialty that is gaining visibility and recognition as an important skill set to have in any organization. Here’s to further collaboration in the future![read more]