The 4 Biggest Business-Intelligence Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs

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Business intelligence is no longer a luxury that only big organizations can afford. The need for BI-driven insights might be more pronounced in companies that deal with large amounts of information, nowadays, even SMEs and entrepreneurs need to make data-driven decisions.

BI is all about turning data into insightful and actionable information. This includes information that can be used to improve sales, eliminate wasteful processes, and identify opportunities for growing your company. In other words, it is essential for making business decisions that are based on solid facts.

However, a lot of small enterprises are hesitant to implement BI, due to worries about cost and effort. Thanks to some major tech advances in recent years, these assumptions are now false. Nowadays, powerful BI is accessible to everyone. Analysis platform costs have come down, data is increasingly

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Data Management vs. Business Intelligence

What is a company to do when Business Intelligence (BI), designed to leverage data as an asset, costs too much time and money due to failures in traditional Data Management processes, such as the prepping and cleaning of data?

Should a business analyst, wanting to produce ad-hoc reports, have to be tech-savvy or wait for someone more knowledgeable to help fix these problems? Many firms are turning to self-service BI to make business analysis easier and more intuitive, but Data Management process issues continue to exist upstream, making pure self-service BI cumbersome because of the continuation of poor-quality data.

Businesses need to understand Data Management’s impact on BI. In a recent DATAVERSITY® interview, Mike Brody, CEO of Exago, explored where Business Intelligence (BI) sits and how it intersects with traditional Data Management tasks. Brody defined Data Management in-line with the DAMA DMBOK®:

“The development, execution, and supervision of plans, policies,

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Business Mapping Software | The Complete Mapping Software for Business Intelligence

Map Business Online is a cloud business mapping software used by a large variety of businesses to organize and analyze their business data geographically. This map software can be used by any large or small business to visualize business data, manage sales territories, explore new markets, and optimize logistics. Simply import an Excel spreadsheet of your business data and visualize business resources, customers, and prospects against an accurate business map.

Map Business Online is both affordable and easy-to-use while providing advanced geographic analysis tools for any business. No special training is required to run Map Business Online. Organizations from a wide variety of industries leverage the power of a business map to:

  • Visualize customers and competitors – Expand business intelligence and inform strategic planning
  • Create and manage sales territories – Drive sales accountability and growth into the organization
  • Reduce fuel costs and improve productivity with multi-stop optimized vehicle routing and
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Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing software directory

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BI-DW Info is an independent Business Intelligence and Data warehousing software directory.

Our main objective is to gather high quality and useful resources and spread the knowledge about Business
Intelligence, Data Warehousing, ETL process and Data Integration,
Enterprise Performance Management and Reporting.

The directory is a result of thorough analysis and manual classification
of the internet resources which made it possible to refrain from
including pages that do not provide any value. It includes vendor’s revisions, tools comparisons and software ratings of the listed resources and is constantly growing.

We appreciate Your help in creation and maintenance of this portal by suggesting relevant links and web resources about Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Databases and related topics.

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SEEDS Hosts Resilient Regional Economies Program With Sustainable Business Entrepreneur Judy Wicks September 15 In Wayne County

The program had been scheduled for March 21, but was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

An early pioneer of the farm-to-table and local economy movements, Wicks is nationally recognized for developing a blueprint for sustainable, local business practices. 

Wicks’ work continues to connect urban and rural communities, farmers with entrepreneurs, investors with borrowers, producers with consumers, and engage them in a collaborative effort to build just, resilient, and self-reliant regional economies throughout Pennsylvania.

“Judy brings an entrepreneur’s perspective of regional supply chains and local economy. Her restaurant was wildly successful because of its practices, which restaurant schools at the time considered to be all the ‘wrong things,’” said SEEDS Board Member Jack Barnett.  “From that success she learned the critical importance of investing in local businesses, of local businesses buying from other small businesses, and especially for agriculture and local food providers,”  

“I’m excited that she’ll be sharing this with

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Overview of the Certified Business Intelligence Professional Certification

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Personal Finance News Information Tips

Greetings all,

I guess it’s about time to shut down this blog, Top Finance Blog. It’s been a nice run of 11 years and initially I had a lot of fun and made some nice money, but those days are gone and it’s time to move on.

Since I never had many return visitors or subscribers and had only one comment in the last 5 months, I doubt anyone will actually read this. But that’s okay because I’m turning off comments in any case, so I’ll probably never know if anyone ever cared about most of the content here in the last few years or so.

However, if there were things here that interested you, here’s a bit of information for you. Many of the articles here will be repurpose elsewhere. They’ll either go to my accountant’s blog, who I write for, or my relatively local blog, Syracuse Wiki, where

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Whether you choose to study on campus or online, we provide an

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Important Key Features of BI Software

If you’re in the market for BI software, it’s vital to know the essential business intelligence features to look for. Here’s our recommended list of the 10 key features of business intelligence tools that will help any organization improve their business strategies.

Read on for insight into the most important features of business intelligence applications that organizations want, based on our research gathered from surveys with real business intelligence software buyers.

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Key Business Intelligence Features

The most important business intelligence features include:

1. Ranking Reports

Ranking reports let you easily view the best- and worst-performing facets of your business, from products to marketing campaigns to salespeople. You can view rankings across multiple dimensions and specify various criteria to focus your results.

2. What-If Analysis

If you’re curious about how a future decision will affect your business, you can run a “what-if” analysis using past

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