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Practical Business Intelligence: with SQL Server 2005 by Roger Toren, John C. Hancock

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What Is Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence is a set of concepts, methods, and technologies designed to pursue the elusive goal of turning all the widely separated data in an organization into useful information and eventually into knowledge.

This information has historically been delivered to an organization’s analysts and management through reporting and analysis capabilities, but increasingly BI is being delivered to all parts of an organization by integrating smarter capabilities into the applications and tools that people use to perform their everyday jobs. The most successful BI solutions can create exceptionally valuable capabilities for an organization, such as the ability to proactively spot opportunities to increase ...

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