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Enterprise Business Intelligence Defined

To help you make your way through the many powerful case studies and lessons from the experts articles in What Works in Enterprise Business Intelligence, we have arranged them into specific categories: dashboards, scorecards, and visualization; enterprise business intelligence; open source business intelligence; and software-as-a-service. What do these terms mean, and how do they apply to your organization?

Dashboards, Scorecards, and Visualization

These are techniques for visualizing data. Dashboards typically visualize operational or tactical metrics, while scorecards visualize strategic ones. Visualization represents a range of techniques for visualizing data.

Enterprise Business Intelligence

Enterprise business intelligence involves deploying query, reporting, and analysis capabilities to all employees who can benefit from them as well as to customers and suppliers.

Open Source Business Intelligence

Open source business intelligence consists of query, reporting, and analysis tools built on an open source foundation; in other words, they are free to download and use.


Software-as-a-service is a new way of delivering applications when a third party hosts your applications or infrastructure on a platform outside your firewall. The service provider hosts all customers on the same application and platform, achieving economies of scale and simplifying administration and upgrades.

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