collaborative BI (collaborative business intelligence)

Contributor(s): Delaney Rebernik

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.

Collaborative BI can be applied to enterprise-wide reporting and analytics, making the sharing process easier and enabling more efficient decision making among team members who may have been working to reach conclusions on an individual basis.

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Compared to more solitary, conclusion-based traditional BI tools, collaborative BI emphasizes the problem-solving process. Tools allow peers to analyze data and exchange information and ideas through Web 2.0 tools like blogs and wikis. Modern tools also support brainstorming through social networking-like features, which continue to gain popularity for both business and personal use.

Data is displayed to decision-makers using dashboards, visual analysis tools or reports.

Collaborative BI vendors include SAP and Microsoft. Microsoft SharePoint, which focuses on content management, is a popular collaborative product. Other collaborative software includes Lotus Notes.

This was last updated in December 2012

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Currently, I am writing my master thesis on "Collaborative Analytics". As you have mentioned about SAP as one of the vendors for collaborative BI, I am very much interested in learning the collaborative analytics from SAP's perspective.  

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