BI software Definitions

  • B

    BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools)

    BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) is an open source technology platform sponsored by the Eclipse Foundation that consists of a visual report designer and a runtime component for Java and Java EE environments.

  • business analytics (BA)

    Business analytics (BA) is the practice of iterative, methodical exploration of an organization's data, with an emphasis on statistical analysis.

  • business intelligence (BI)

    Business intelligence (BI) is a technology-driven process for analyzing data and presenting actionable information to help executives, managers and other corporate end users make informed business decisions.

  • C

    collaborative BI (collaborative business intelligence)

    Collaborative BI (collaborative business intelligence) is the merging of business intelligence software with collaboration tools, including social and Web 2.0 technologies, to support improved data-driven decision making.

  • D

    data visualization

    Data visualization is a general term that describes any effort to help people understand the significance of data by placing it in a visual context.

  • E

    embedded BI (embedded business intelligence)

    Embedded BI (business intelligence) is the integration of self-service BI tools into commonly used business applications.

  • L

    location intelligence (LI)

    Location intelligence (LI) is a business analysis tool capability that enables companies to gather geographic- and location-related data to better understand global, regional and local business trends.

  • M

    MicroStrategy

    MicroStrategy is an enterprise business intelligence (BI) application software vendor.

  • mobile business intelligence

    Mobile business intelligence is an extension of business intelligence (BI) from desktops and laptops to mobile devices such as Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad.  Reports, charts, graphs, and alerts are designed for viewing on smaller mobile screens. 

  • S

    spreadmart (spreadsheet data mart)

    A spreadmart (spreadsheet data mart) is a situation in which a company's employees has inconsistent views of corporate data because each department relies on the data from their own spreadsheets.

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