Business Intelligence (BI) refers to computer-based techniques used in spotting, digging-out, and analyzing business data, such as sales revenue by products and/or departments or associated costs and incomes.
BI technologies provide historical, current, and predictive views of business operations. Common functions of Business Intelligence technologies are reporting, online analytical processing, analytics, data mining, business performance management, benchmarking, text mining, and predictive analytics.
Business Intelligence often aims to support better business decision-making. Thus a BI system can be called a decision support system (DSS). Though the term business intelligence is often used as a synonym for competitive intelligence, because they both support decision making, BI uses technologies, processes, and applications to analyze mostly internal, structured data and business processes while competitive intelligence, is done by gathering, analyzing and disseminating information with or without support from technology and applications, and focuses on all-source information and data (unstructured or structured), mostly external to, but also internal to a company, to support decision making
Microsoft business intelligence solutions are scalable and designed to evolve with your business. With continuous innovation
since initial release, Microsoft business intelligence solutions are built on open, industry-wide standards – making integration
with your other systems easier and less costly than the alternatives.
Microsoft business intelligence enables you to create and manage information through an integrated system that includes core business productivity features, such as collaboration tools, search capabilities, and content management. The workplace becomes highly efficient, resulting in cost savings and low total cost of ownership (TCO).
With Microsoft business intelligence, you can cut costs and reduce complexity by leveraging existing IT investments to extend the reach of technology you already own.
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Microsoft business intelligence solutions are built on the tools where you already spend your workday – within Microsoft Office applications like Outlook and Excel.
Because you can rely on the same intuitive interface you already know, there is less time needed for training, and you are able to adopt the new systems more quickly and easily, keeping costs down.
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