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BI software

(Business Intelligence software) Software that enables users to obtain enterprise-wide information more easily. Such products are considered a step up from the typical decision support tools because they more tightly integrate querying, reporting, OLAP, data mining and data warehousing functions.

Many products claim BI capabilities, but the end goal is to let users slice and dice the information from their organization's numerous databases without having to wait for their IT departments to develop complex queries.

BI Evolution
Business intelligence was the 1990s buzzword for the management information system (MIS) of the 1970s and the decision support system (DSS) and executive information system (EIS) of the 1980s. MIS implementations often failed because the hardware was too slow and the software was not sophisticated. Countless DSS, EIS and OLAP tools followed, which added functionality, but were often point solutions to the problem. BI implies yet more integration and ease of use (of course, no matter what the subject, every new approach in the information field is touted as the one providing more integration and greater ease of use). See Business Objects, business intelligence portal, EIS and decision support system.
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Even after large-scale consolidation at the top of the BI market (the acquisitions of Brio by Hyperion Solutions and Crystal Decisions by Business Objects) the fight at the top of the BI software sector for query, analysis, reporting and analytical applications still involves a large group of combatants - Business Objects, SAS, Cognos, MicroStrategy, Hyperion, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and Information Builders.
It has also set-up a development center in Shanghai and released a Chinese script version of its BI software.
Among this year's vast range of findings, The Survey reveals that organizations that selected BI software primarily for innovative features such as mobile support and collaboration features achieved the greatest business benefits from their implementations.
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SaskTel first implemented Hyperion BI software in 1997 to transform an array of manual reporting and analysis processes.
Before Pentaho launched its open source BI platform, all BI software providers followed a traditional proprietary model that locked customers into high upfront costs and license fees as well as expensive, inflexible and long upgrade cycles.
Gartner defines total BI software revenue as revenue generated from new licenses, updates, subscriptions and hosting, technical support, and maintenance.