What is Business Intelligence? – IBM Business Analytics Blog

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Data is everywhere. In your phone, your TV, your car, your house, your company’s ledgers and supply chain . . . we’re living in a world awash with data. However, it’s not the data itself that really matters, it’s what you do with it. That’s where data analytics — and business intelligence — comes in.

Data analytics is one of the fastest-growing, most strategic parts of business today. It has become the lifeline for critical business decisions. That’s why, in recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of desktop, self-service business intelligence (BI) tools.

BI = Business Intelligence

So, what is business intelligence? In short, BI is an orchestrated set of software, services, and work processes to ingest data and present it in different user-friendly views like reports, visualizations, dashboards, charts, graphs, and maps.

Today’s BI tools allow your everyday business user to interact with all different

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20 Business Laws Every Entrepreneur Should Know About – Bplans Blog

Are you finally ready to turn your business idea into a reality? As you know, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into launching a business. Creating a business plan and securing funding are common items on the startup to-do list. One thing you should add to that list is time to review common business laws that could affect your business.

To make your research a little easier, we’ve scoured a number of government websites and compiled a list of laws and regulations that affect every business.


1. Business licenses

To legally start a business, you’ll likely need a business license. Start by calling your local city government. See if you need a license, and if you need to know about any zoning rules. For federal and state licensing, check out the Small Business Administration website, and follow the links that are applicable to your business.

Employment laws


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Five Key Trends in Business Intelligence | Microsoft Power BI Blog

The latest release of Power BI gives us a great opportunity to look at how some smart folks in the industry view the latest trends in business intelligence.  Here are five ones you should know:

BI used to be the sole province of data experts in IT or information analyst specialists. Now the move is toward democratizing the access and analysis of data across the organization. Today, a data analyst could be a product manager, a line-of-business executive, or a sales director. Browser-based analytics now enable business users themselves to answer impromptu questions that are relevant to their expertise, and then create sophisticated visualizations to share with others. More companies are recognizing BI for everyone as a strategic advantage. They’re supporting business users with tools to help empower them as data analysts.

What better tool for empowering business users than Power BI? With features that simplify accessing datasets, creating visualizations,
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