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Assessing business intelligence tools means first answering the question, “What is business intelligence?” Business Intelligence, usually referred to as “BI” for short, refers to software designed to analyze data with the goal of discovering useful business insights. For example, a multi-site retailer might use BI tools to reveal a previously unknown pattern of revenue changes correlated to time of day.
BI is related to data analytics and business analytics, though the connotation of BI is that it’s accessible to a bigger group of end users. As some reviewers on IT Central Station note, everyone, not just IT people or data specialists, should be able to use business intelligence software in their daily jobs. As a result, ease of use figures prominently into many user reviews on the site.
IT Central Station reviewers want to know how little training is required for a BI tool to get non-IT end users going. They want BI to be easy to implement. Users want tools to enable easy report building and administration as well.
The desire for BI tools to be easy to use flows from a trend in the technology over the least few years. BI has gone from being complex discipline reserved for highly-skilled people to being something the general knowledge worker can use every day. It’s not an either/or scenario. An organization might have some BI workloads that are reserved for data scientists, with others available to everyone. Regardless of where BI is deployed, however, continued support of end users and technical training for the support team are critical for success.
In addition to security, performance, scalability and stability, users emphasize the importance of BI’s ability to integrate with other systems. BI is not a standalone technology. It works in concert with database management and business applications. For example, BI must integrate with OLTP databases with minimal footprint. BI also needs to integrate easily with graphical tools and reporting software. A business intelligence toolset ought to integrate with visualization tools - with ability to produce visually appealing, value added dashboards, charts, and standard reports. Mobility also counts, with workers wanting to be able to do analytics on mobile form factors such as tablets.
Given that the “B” in BI stands for business, the business use case is considered highly relevant in choosing the right business intelligence toolset. BI should meet business needs. The total cost of ownership (TCO) should be well thought-out. And, any initiative to undertake BI should have clear executive management approval and a business plan for success. A thorough business needs analysis is essential.
According to IT Central Station members, the best BI tools support multiple file output options and publication options. For instance, can the tool produce interactive files (e.g. Xcelsius output) that are shared externally via .pdf, Excel, etc.? A business analytics solution should easily access multiple types of data sources, with data blending capabilities.
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Business Intelligence: Raw Data or Strategic Analytics'
There is a big difference between corporate information and Strategic Knowledge. Corporate Information usually consists of internal raw data while Strategic Knowledge is the business wisdom necessary to achieve profitable growth... more>>
VIA or Visual Intelligence and Analysis provides training from basic to expert level using Tableau as well as technical data preparation skills when the data are not Tableau ready.
Training and documentation is available in English, Spanish and French.
Specialties: Subject Matter Expertise... more>>
EPM/BI certified Consultant, Oracle ACE and TeraCorp Consulting CEO
Ricardo has been leading and developing EIS/EPM/BI/DSS applications for over 20 years including 10+ years of Hyperion-specific experience (the last 9 years in global projects to a fortune 100 client).
His core expertise is on design, development, and optimization of Business Intelligence... more>>
An experienced and ambitious BI Lead, with experience in the Financial Services and Technology industries. With advanced analytical skills developed in Banking & Insurance, coupled with leadership of data warehousing programmes. I specialise in transforming information into value adding... more>>
20+ year IT Industry ERP and BI. Management Consulting and Perform Implementation Business Intelligence, Data Warehouses, Cognos TM1, Data Mart and ETL architect. Projects and Manager PMO conducting of IT in Business Intelligence and Balanced Scorecard (Strategic Management Methodologie), acting... more>>
Big Data / Business Intelligence / Datawarehousing
Big Data / Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing Solution Architecture and development.
Data Warehouse best Practices, DW optimization and performance enhancement (Slowly Changing Dimensions, Change-data-capture, Materialized views, partitioning techniques, Oracle database administration),... more>>
Empresario, con la mirada fija en cumplir mis metas siempre ayudando a los demás y compartiendo conocimiento.....con el afán de hacer crecer el Software Libre en el país...
Experto en Inteligencia de Negocios, Data Warehousing y Big Data
Conception and modelisation of DataWareHouses, Cubes and ETL Processes
Able to work as project manager, business analyst as well as developper for business intelligence solution
Specialties: Microsoft BI Suite (from 2005 to 2012), Talend, Microstrategy
Databases: SQL Server, Oracle
With over two years of rich experience in business development, designing and developing of Business Intelligence applications, Balance Scorecard Sheets along with good exposure to industry specific Key Performance Metrics in Financial, Insurance, Investment, and E-Commerce Sectors.
I seek to... more>>
Experienced professional with blended knowledge in visual analytics development, statistics, logistics and operation optimization.
Specialized in translating user requirements into tangible visualizations to track performance, detect outliers and perform root cause analysis.
I love data. I love to categorise it, manipulate it, study it, and share it. Data Warehousing is how I satisfy this love and Business Intelligence is how I show it to others. Any type of data - music, words, pictures, numbers, ...
Specialties: Data modeling, data architecture, ETL, Cognos... more>>
Have good experience and exposure of development, deployment and maintenance of BI solutions using enterprise as well as open source tools on web and mobile platforms. Have worked on Data integration using Talend and PDI tools.
Have experience in handling projects with US, APAC and UK teams for... more>>
Started the career as COBOL analyst/programmer, sooner I was leading Information System department (IT Management, licensing and dealing with several IT providers, LAN, telecommunications, networking, others). Later I became IT Consultant, first acting as Business Solutions Consultant and after... more>>
An astute data analyzer and visualization expert with sound knowledge on BI solution development and implementation. Rich experience in catering to business verticals in different industries with normal to highly complex data intricacies and reporting environment.
Specialties: Business... more>>
I solve data management problems for companies in various sectors of industry: Airline Travels, Energy Bill Management, Manufacturing, Commercial Printing/Publishing, Transportation and Logistics, Health Care, and Software Development.
Specializing in building Data Warehouses, designing and... more>>
Thorough knowledge of the Spotfire Server, Client and Web as well as Automation Services. Supporting customers around the world with their questions on the Spotfire platform.
Initially I started as a support desk employee, growing onwards to become an analyst... more>>
Business intelligence and analytics professional with 12 years of experience working with upstream and downstream oil and gas businesses on a wide variety of BI subject areas including -- Spotfire, R, Python, SQL, lean process improvement, data quality management, business analysis,... more>>
Highly skilled in data exploration, analysis, visualization and presentation. Experienced in descriptive, behavioral and predictive customer analytics using industry standard tools and processes (SQL, R, Rapid Miner, MS SSAS, MS Excel). Highly skilled in guided analytics,... more>>
Bachiller de la facultad de Ingeniería de Sistemas e Informática de la Universidad Nacional Mayor San Marcos, perteneciente al quinto superior, con experiencia de más de 1 años en el área de inteligencia de negocios, con sentido de responsabilidad, capacidad de rápido aprendizaje, con buen manejo... more>>
• Business Intelligence (BI) professional responsible for developing standardized reporting, guided/self-service and interactive visual analytics applications for various client projects;
• Delivers comprehensive business analytics and enterprise-wide information management solutions for... more>>
• Business Intelligence and Data warehousing professional with close to 5 years of experience in design, development, administration, testing, release management & Pre Sales of the projects from inception to completion.
• Close to 3 years of onsite experience as a Business Intelligence... more>>
Freelance MicroStrategy Professional. Author of the book: "Business Intelligence with MicroStrategy"
I've been doing Business Intelligence projects with MicroStrategy and SQL Server/Oracle for the last 10 years now. I have experience in several sectors including Healthcare, Agriculture and... more>>
Andy Rocha is the Consulting Manager for Rittman Mead America, a leading consultancy focused on delivering Oracle Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence technology solutions. Specializing in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g, Andy, an Oracle Certified Implementation... more>>
Senior Consultant, graduated in Information Systems and currently studying Post-Graduation in Accounting, Controllership and Finance.
Around 10 years of IT experience, since 2013, focused on developing and modeling customized solution of Financial projections and / or Strategic Planning... more>>
Business Intelligence Consultancy,Business Analyst, Systems Architect, Specialist, Cisco, Linux, Win Servers, Application Developer, Database Administrator, and Project Manager in a wide variety of business applications. Particularly interested in client/server and relational database design... more>>
• More than 6 years of IT industry experience in Mainframe technologies & Data Quality tool Trillium Software Systems.
• Have worked on variety of projects of Banking and Financial Services, Insurance Sector and Aviation Sector for clients such as First Data Merchant Services and JP Morgan... more>>
• Gaur is a Freelancer in Information Technology experienced with the latest trends and techniques of the field, having an inborn quantitative aptitude, determined to carve a successful and satisfying career in the IT industry.
• Technically competent Datawarehouse consultant (DW/BI) with... more>>
Following are the areas I work in :
Analysis of data is a process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision-making. Data analysis has multiple facets and approaches, encompassing... more>>
Arnab has wide experience in Information Management and Business Intelligence. He has lead multiple projects as a solution architect defining architecture of multi-terabyte Enterprise Data Warehouse and BI applications.
He has worked on multiple technical platforms including Informatica... more>>
Over 3+ years of experience in Database Development, Database Administration, Business Intelligence Solutions and Web Development. Extensive experience in SQL Development, Reporting Services (SSRS), Integration Services (SSIS) and Analysis Services (SSAS). Expertise in creating reports,... more>>
Working with Business Intelligence since 2009.
Always learning new concepts and studying new ideas to offer better services to my customers.
Expertise in Open Source B.I. Solutions (Pentaho).
Attended the course Dimensional Modelling in Depth with Ralph Kimball (Stockholm - Sweden).
Senior Pentaho Business Intelligence Developer - Consultant
Responsible for leading the strategic design and maintenance of business intelligence applications. Ensures that the use of BI applications enhances decision making capabilities. Specialist in ETL utilizing various BI tools and scripting languages. Experience with data warehouse design and... more>>
I have had over ten years experience working in various financial organizations and been involved in various business areas including Fixed Income, Finance, Credit, Rates, Equities, Syndicated Loans and worked on both Vanilla and Structured product projects. Generally I have worked autonomously... more>>
Consultor e desenvolvedor QlikView com experiência de quatro anos no Grupo Tuper S/A, inciei minha carreira como desenvolvedor e administrador QlikView, responsável pela área de Business Intelligence da companhia, durante este período implantamos e criamos soluções para as mais diversas áreas da... more>>
I am an Independent consultant. My main expertise majoring in:
1. Accounting and Auditing
2. Internal Control and Risk Management
3. Regulatory Compliance
4. Internal Audit
5. Business Process Management
6. Information Technology Planning & Design
7. Enterprise Architecture
• Working as Spotfire Manager, Consulting Group, India since last 3 years.
• 3 years of experience in TIBCO Spotfire Professional, TIBCO Spotfire Server Administration, TIBCO Spotfire Web Player, TIBCO Spotfire Automation, Customization and API programming.
• 10+ years of experience in Project... more>>
10 years business experience in life insurance industry, followed by 15 years experience as an analyst developer in a wide range of technologies, including:
COBOL, PL1, CICS, Mantis on IBM mainframe
C++, Java, VB(6)
Currently working as a lead analyst and developer in Business Intelligence,... more>>
8 years of experience in several sectors in information systems, mainly in conception of BI solutions and financial software. Capable of addressing an entire project lifecycle from requirements gathering to testing and deployment.
I have more than 10 years of experience in Data Warehousing and have worked extensively in Informatica, OBIEE, Business Objects, Talend and Tableau. Motorola has been my client for all these years. I've worked in various data warehouses of Motorola (Mobility).I've extensive experience in working... more>>
I am addicted to learn new technologies, sharing knowledge and finding new ideas to implement and share with my team.
I always have passion to learn and find new solutions that meet business needs and boost the performance of the business life cycle.
I am seeking to know tips and tricks of... more>>
Principal consultant and project manager on Financial Performance Management and Business Intelligence solutions with over 13 years of experience in team leadership, project management, analysis, design, development, training, and support on Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting, Operational and... more>>
Tool agnostic decision support expert with deep experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and finance. Agile, results-driven consultant targeting high quality results in fast iterations with strong customer involvement, often using tools like SQL Server, Vertica, SAP Data Services,... more>>
Bachelor degree in Computer Science Engineering at Universidade do Algarve
- Faculdade de Ciências de Tecnologia, Portugal.
At the moment, I'm playing a role as a Business Intelligence Consultant
and I've already integrated in various projects in the... more>>
Experienced Business Intelligence specialist with diversified knowledge and expertise in maintaining analytical environments, providing technical support and creating solutions in alignment with business targets. Technological experience in diversified business areas: Entertainment,... more>>
I have just over 17 years of Information Technology experience. The past 10 years of my career have been focused on Oracle business intelligence applications. I regularly blog about Oracle EPM/BI topics and I was honored to be recognized by Oracle as an ACE Associate for my contributions.
• Tableau Bronze Accredited BI Solution Consultant with 5 years of experience in executing BI projects for a large Networking Major
• Deputed at client location (San Jose) for a period of 10 months and was responsible for end-to-end reporting solution development based on Tableau and SAP HANA
Specialties: Universe, Unidata, Ultimate, Pick Basic, jBase, PROC, DataTel Systems,. Open to new opportunities. Working in government Systems, DODefense systems, Housing, Distribution, Health care, Warehouse-Inventory and Cost Accounting Systems. Support systems and links between them, Mike is... more>>
First in Theoretical Physics with 2 years post-grad study of quantum mechanics and general relativity.
Founded Butler Group - Europe's largest indigenous IT analyst firm until acquisition by Datamonitor in 2005.
Founder of Butler Analytics - dedicated to analysis of analytics technologies and... more>>
• Visualization Expert, Data Analyst/BI Architect, with 12 years of experience in Advance Analytics, Management Reporting, Business Intelligence, ETL/DWH Solution Delivery for Fortune 500 environments. Adept at working in a diverse team setting and collaborating across... more>>
Company business strategy development and management.
Business Analytics concepts, architectures, methodology and implementation.
Experienced Data Warehousing, ETL, Information Management, Business Intelligence, Planning, Budgeting and Consolidation project and quality manager, solution... more>>
BI Consultant, Author, Trainer on Tableau Software, Speaker
Over 40 years in business. Owner of BIAlytics: a one man business intelligence and data visualization consulting company, based in Turlock CA, with clients in the USA, Canada, and, Europe. The company name means “Better Insights through Analytics”. I do consulting, training, and speaking... more>>
I worked on many BI projects mainly for finance departments (Budgeting & planning, PNL&BS); at every levels: Pre-sales, development/implementation, training of end users, business analysis and project management.
From 2000 to 2007 I worked mainly on reporting projects in many sectors:... more>>
Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Developer
Co-Leader of Charlotte BI Group
Co-Organizer of SQL Saturday 237
Co-Organizer of SQL Saturday 174
Professional skills & interests:
• Design and development of BI, data warehousing, and OLAP solutions
• Needs analysis, requirements... more>>
5+ years of experience building and managing an international Business Intelligence practice.
10+ years of cross-industry experience in architecting, designing and building Business Intelligence solutions.
Microsoft Certified Trainer specializing in SQL Server, Business intelligence and... more>>