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Business intelligence, CPM and analytics guides and tutorials

These BI, CPM and analytics learning guides and tutorials can help users optimize their use of their BI software CPM applications and analytics tools and technologies.'s learning guides and tutorials are designed to help business intelligence (BI) professionals learn more about technologies including evaluating and purchasing BI platform suites, corporate performance management (CPM) software, data analytics tools, data visualization technology such as executive dashboards and more. Feel free to drop us an e-mail if you'd like us to cover other data management technologies, processes or trends in a learning guide or tutorial.


Mobile BI tools, trends and best practices guide (Mobile business intelligence)
This guide offers a one-stop resource on mobile business intelligence, featuring mobile BI news and trend stories, case studies, analysis and advice.

Guide to big data analytics tools, trends and best practices (Big data analytics)
Access articles and videos that offer best practices, strategies and advice for selecting, deploying and managing big data analytics tools in this Essential Guide.

Key considerations for business intelligence platform consolidation (BI management)
In a recent study by Boston-based Forrester Research, close to 80% of companies polled said they use three or more BI products. According to experts, it is important for organizations to consider consolidating BI systems, but this is not as easy as it sounds. There are many reasons why organizations choose not to consolidate, while doing so effectively is quite a challenge.

Getting started with dashboards and scorecards (Data visualization)
Many executives and business users use dashboards to understand how their business is performing. But in some organizations, dashboards are underutilized or underappreciated. It is a perpetual challenge for dashboard designers to present up-to-date information in a clear, concise manner that encourages interaction and meaningful results. In this guide, learn advanced strategies for creating actionable, interactive and user-friendly dashboards that will help your organization track key performance indicators (KPIs). Learn how to get started with dashboards, find out what a dashboard is and what it is not and discover how to gather input from business users about what they need in their dashboards

SaaS business intelligence (BI) software, technology and market guide (SaaS BI technology)
SaaS BI software isn’t as new of a technology as some people may think. And with IT budgets still getting tighter and tighter at many organizations, the time might be ripe for more companies to turn to SaaS BI tools as an alternate BI deployment method. But is SaaS BI software really less expensive than traditional on-premise BI suites, and does SaaS BI offer any advantages and benefits that on-premise BI platforms don’t? What are the risks of SaaS BI and where is the SaaS BI market heading? You can find the answers to these questions and more in our SaaS BI software, technology and market guide.

Business intelligence software product purchasing criteria (BI technology)
Learn what questions to ask when purchasing business intelligence (BI) software products, BI reporting tools or other BI technology. In this guide, you'll get expert advice on BI buying criteria and building a BI team. You'll also find out if you need to write a request for proposal (RFP), learn how to evaluate BI vendors and get expert advice in this BI software buying guide.

Business intelligence product directory (BI software)
Discover the top BI products and vendors and begin your business intelligence software comparison with this interactive product directory. Learn about business intelligence reporting software for enterprise organizations, midmarket companies and small businesses and find out which vendors provide on-demand BI and on-premise BI software. This product directory will help you evaluate BI and find the best BI software for your business needs. Plus, get expert advice from William McKnight on evaluating and purchasing a BI product that will meet the needs of your organization.

An executive’s guide to customer data analytics and customer intelligence (Customer data analytics)
It’s no secret that there’s valuable knowledge contained in customer data – if you can extract it. The challenge facing many organizations is exactly how to deploy analytics to unlock insight from customer data. This online guide offers an executive overview of customer data analytics and customer intelligence, with deployment advice and best practices from top performers.

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