BI technology 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.

  • business intelligence dashboard

    A business intelligence dashboard is a graphical interface that displays the current status of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for an enterprise.

  • C

    cloud analytics

    Cloud analytics is a service model in which one or more key element of data analytics is provided through a public or private cloud.  Cloud analytics applications and services are typically provided through a subscription-based or utility (pay-per-use) model.

  • 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. Patterns, trends and correlations that might go undetected in text-based data can be exposed and recognized easier with data visualization software.

  • E

    embedded BI (embedded business intelligence)

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

  • enterprise mashup (or data mashup)

    An enterprise mashup is the integration of heterogeneous digital data and applications from multiple sources for business purposes. An enterprise mashup is also sometimes known as a business mashup or, less precisely, as a data mashup.

  • I

    in-database analytics

    In-database analytics is a scheme for processing data within the database, avoiding the data movement that slows response time.  

  • K

    key performance indicators (KPIs)

    Key performance indicators (KPIs) are business metrics used by corporate executives and other managers to track and analyze factors deemed crucial to the success of an organization.

  • 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. 

  • O

    open source business intelligence (OSBI)

    Open source business intelligence (BI) is, technically, free BI. Instead of selling traditional software licenses, open source BI vendors charge subscription or support fees for their commercial products.

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