Business intelligence encompasses a variety of tools that enable organizations to collect data from internal systems and external sources, prepare it for analysis, develop, and run queries against the data, and create reports, dashboards and data visualizations.
This landscape is being reshaped by a number of key trends, including visual analytics, self-service delivery, unstructured data, cloud, and mobile computing, making BI interfaces that present actionable insight more valuable to organizations than ever before.
There are several different kinds of solutions companies can tap into to manage their BI such as visual analytics, cloud computing, and mobile.
Visual analytics provide a way to explore data at a much deeper level with engaging views, spatial representations, and easier self-service exploration.
Cloud computing can push BI to new levels by supporting massive amounts of data. And finally, mobile BI applications can allow analytics to be readily accessed to employees who previously had no access to analytics.
The goal is to embed business intelligence more widely and more deeply into the enterprise so that insights from analytics can inform day-to-day business decisions.
The importance of the correct BI tools was highlighted in a recent article by Simon Moss for DBTA. Five ways to improve BI projects with the right solutions include segmentation, collaboration, de-layering, ability to rapidly prototype, and be agile.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 DBTA READERS' CHOICE AWARDS FOR BEST BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE SOLUTION (Overall)
Quest Software Toad for Business Intelligence
Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite