Research@DBTA: Business Intelligence Comes to the Masses

Business intelligence and analytics solutions have been available for years now, and companies have learned to employ these tools for a variety of purposes, from simple report generation and delivery to more sophisticated data integration, executive dashboards, and data mining, writes Joe McKendrick in the current e-edition of Database Trends and Applications. They also recognize the need to get beyond spreadsheets and to be able to provide more sophisticated, pervasive, and automated BI solutions to more end-user decision makers. However, most see their efforts stymied by the historically high cost of BI software and the complexity of available solutions. These are the findings of a recent survey of 185 enterprises, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

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