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Business Intelligence Status Report
Spurred by government mandates for more business transparency, business intelligence has emerged to extract information from ERP systems. How has BI emerged

lindy star sapphires  Intelligence Status Report History and Current Status Economic and regulatory pressures have made a broad set of technologies called business intelligence (BI), more important than ever for all enterprise application users. Users rarely feel satisfied with the amount of information they can extract, if they can extract any at all, from their enterprise applications. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and BI (sometimes called analytics, which is specialized analytical software) are inseparable

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lindy star sapphires  User's Undying Quest for Exploring and Discovering Info - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series depicted the differences and some subtle similarities  between the well-established enterprise applications giant,  SAP , and up-and-coming vendor  Endeca Technologies . The article ended with  the new fundamentals for the future of enterprise applications that were outlined at the Endeca Discover 2009  conference . Part 2 of this blog series explores how SAP is adapting to the new fundamentals outlined in Read More

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