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Chapter 7. Business Intelligence: A Manufacturing Plant Floor Analytics OBA

—Karthik Ravindran, Microsoft Corporation

Business intelligence (often referred to simply as BI) is a business management term that refers to applications and technologies that are used to gather and analyze data and information about an organization’s operations. Business intelligence systems can help companies gain more comprehensive knowledge of factors affecting their business in areas such as sales, production, and internal operations. Business intelligence solutions provide value at all levels of an organization when the flow of information across the operational, tactical, and strategic levels facilitates collaboration, business insight, and decision making. Data ...

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