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Review: The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence

The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence
by; Steve Williams, Nancy Williams

genre } non-fiction | business & finance
rating } 18 +
date released } december 19, 2006
edition } Morgan Kaufman; 1 edition (240 Pages)
ISBN } 0123724996 | 978-0123724991
acquisition } borrowed
interest} Just for fun
purchase @ } Book Depository | Amazon.com

Business Intelligence (BI): Its not just a technology. Its not just a methodology. Its a powerful new management approach that when done right can deliver knowledge, efficiency, better decisions, and profit to almost any organization that uses it.

When BI first came on the scene, it promised a lot but often failed to deliver. The missing element was the business-centric focus explained in The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence. Written by BI gurus Steve Williams and Nancy Williams, The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence shows step by step how you can achieve the promise of BI by connecting it to your organizations strategic goals, culture, and strengths while correcting your BI weaknesses.

Features:

* Provides a practical, process-oriented guide to achieve the full promise of BI.

* Shows how world-class companies used BI to become leaders in their industries.

* Helps senior business and IT executives understand the strategic impact of BI and how they can ensure a strong payoff from their BI investments.

* Identifies the most common mistakes organizations make in implementing BI.

* Includes a helpful glossary of BI terms.

* Includes a BI readiness assessment for your organization.

* Includes Web links and extensive references for more information.
Steve Williams, President and founder of DecisionPath Consulting, is a leading advocate of business-driven BI design and development. His consulting firm is one of the largest in the specialized field of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. Steve has over 23 years experience in information systems and systems engineering and has co-authored a training course on the BI Pathway Method. Nancy Williams is Vice President of DecisionPath Consulting. With over 21 years of business and technical experience, she provides technical and strategic leadership on business intelligence as well as hands-on guidance for client engagements.

* A practical, process-oriented book that will help organizations realize the promise of BI

* Written by Nancy and Steve Williams, veteran consultants and instructors with hands-on, "in the trenches" experience in government and corporate business intelligence applications

* Will help senior business and IT executives understand the strategic impact of BI and how they
can help ensure a strong payoff on BI investments

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We have seen in this chapter that the way specific companies compete in their industries drives how BI can be used to improve their profits. We have also seen that there are many different possibilities for using BI, which creates some opportunity for innovation and competitive advantage

My 2 ¢ ♠♠♠♠Wow… this is a different genre from my usual read but I usually read these sort of books on the sides. The only reason why I pick this up is the title itself is grabbing “business-wise” and I was wondering what new tips it has for me to check out. It’s a very helpful book, and I am thinking of borrowing it again or get my own copy for frequent reference. If you wish or have a business, this book is good for you.

Librarian Muse
School libraries: Unless your school provides Business Studies (and above) class, I suggest to not get this book for your school. Unless there’s a request from your school teachers. It is professional book to be wasted and a dust collecting in a library where it doesn’t have patrons who needs it

Public Libraries: Yes. Yes Yes! Get Several copies! So people can borrow it!
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