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December 2015

Business use cases can determine the best BI analytics platform

Sponsored by SearchBusinessAnalytics

When determining the right BI analytics tool, it's important not to get caught up with the product's features. It's better to check out the data your business users are going to analyze and how they'll go about doing it, so you can provide them with the right kind of BI analytics tool. In this Buyer's Guide, business intelligence expert Rick Sherman will show how to best match your business and technical use cases to the right product, so the software you select doesn't become shelfware. One size does not fit all.

The first step is to create business use cases, which means considering the key data/analytical characteristics. Considerations include the data's sources, performance measurements, recurring or one-time analysis, whether visuals and spreadsheets are typically used for analysis, and the technical knowledge of your business users. Once the key data/analytical characteristics of your users have been established, Sherman cites several BI use-case examples to help match the right category and style to the right business users. Recommended BI analytics tool categories can range from guided analysis to self-service BI to advanced data visualization.

Table Of Contents

  • One size doesn’t fit all
  • Creating BI business use cases
  • Selecting the right BI category and style
  • More than one BI use case