Business Intelligence (BI) is a broad category of computer software solutions that enables a company or organisation to gain insight into its critical operations through reporting applications and analysis tools. BI applications may include a variety of components such as tabular reports, spreadsheets, charts, and dashboards. Although traditional business intelligence systems were delivered via host terminals or paper reports, the typical modern deployment of a BI application is over the web, via Internet or intranet connections. It is also possible, and becoming more popular, to develop interactive BI apps optimised for mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones, and for e-mail.
Well-designed BI applications can give anyone in your company the ability to make better decisions by quickly understanding the various “information assets” in your organisation and how these interact with each other. These assets can include customer databases, supply chain information, personnel data, manufacturing, product data, sales and marketing activity, as well as any other source of information critical to your operation. A robust BI application, which includes integration and data cleansing functions, can allow you to integrate these disparate data sources into a single coherent framework for real-time reporting and detailed analysis by anyone in your extended enterprise – customers, partners, employees, managers, and executives.
Check out these live Business Intelligence demos for examples of reports, charts, scorecards and dashboards that satisfy diverse end user requirements on both mobile devices and desktop computers.
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WebFOCUS BI software will empower your organisation to:
- Process requests quickly, intelligently, and efficiently
- Respond faster and more efficiently to changing conditions affecting your organisation
- Make your greatest asset – information – part of your organisation’s natural culture
- Transform raw data into intuitive, illustrative enterprise reports quickly and easily
- Enhance reporting systems by incorporating transactional forms, as well as data maintenance and update capabilities
- Deliver usable information to both local and remote workers in the format that works best for them, whether it’s html, Microsoft Excel, Adobe PDF, e-mail or active technologies with built-in analytics capabilities.
To find out more about BI, read our white paper “Worst Practices in Business Intelligence: Why BI Applications Succeed Where BI Tools Fail.” In it you’ll see the most common mistakes made in BI deployments and how to avoid them so your BI applications will be as successful and effective as possible.