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Foundations of SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence by Lynn Langit

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Chapter 1. What Is Business Intelligence?

This chapter presents a blueprint for understanding the exciting potential of SQL Server 2005's BI technologies to meet your company's crucial business needs. It describes tools, techniques, and high-level implementation concepts for BI.

This chapter covers:

  • Defining Business Intelligence

  • Understanding BI from an end-user perspective

  • Understanding the business problems BI addresses

Just What Is BI?

Business Intelligence (BI) is defined in many ways. Often particular vendors "craft" the definition to show their tools in the best possible light. For the purposes of this book, Microsoft's vision of BI using SQL Server 2005 is defined as

Business Intelligence is a method of storing and presenting key enterprise data ...

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