Definitions

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Ad hoc reporting and analysis is the ability to generate insights from business data on demand. Answering business questions now, rather than next week or next month, enables you to outstrip your comp…. Read More

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Business Intelligence (BI), in a nutshell, is gathering and analyzing a business’s data, using computers, to answer certain questions about the business. It is used for decision-making, tracking, benchmarking, and strategic…. Read More

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Cloud analytics, in a nutshell, is using cloud-based systems and services to perform analytics on business data. Processing and data storage is primarily done in the cloud rather than on-premise. Cloud analytics systems and services, with the correct... Read More

The term agnostic doesn’t just apply to religion. It’s a computing term that applies to vendor-neutral products. What does that mean exactly? A piece of hardware or software can be used with a particular type of product, no matter the supplier. In th... Read More

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Data modeling Data modeling brings real-world context and associations to flat data that makes it come alive and allows it to be used for complex decision-making. What is data modeling? Data modeling lets you draw inferences from data by orga... Read More

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It’s not always practical or necessary for users to access an entire BI platform. Organizations looking to add analytics into their internal software or client-facing distributions should consider embedded analytics and reporting. Embedded analytics ... Read More

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Git-based version control is a way of helping to ensure that you never lose the right copy of your business data. Some version control software is very basic and works automatically, like Google Docs’ built-in version history feature. Git is a powerf... Read More

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Enterprise data analysis can be performed in many different ways. It is not a single set of defined processes that work for every data set or every type of business question. In-database analytics is one way to analyze data where the process…. Read More

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Real-time analytics means just that - the ability to query your data sources right now and obtain insights that are up-to-date. In traditional BI settings, reports come out periodically - perhaps at the end of month, quarter or reviewing…. Read More

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There’s a lot of interest in self-service or ad-hoc Business Intelligence (BI). But what is it? Essentially, self-service BI is a software solution that enables users to analyze and generate business data-based reports without the aid of data analyst... Read More