What Is Business Intelligence?
Every business generates data. It’s how you use your data to inform decisions and grow your business that matters. Every aspect of your daily operations can be analyzed and measured, and the data generated can be a key element of an organization’s strategic and tactical business decisions.
Business intelligence (BI) is an approach businesses use to collect and analyze data to understand the trends and workflows that are driving their business that aren’t readily obvious without insight into the numbers.
The key to BI is robust software that collects and analyzes the data and packages discoveries in reports that are easy to read and understand. The ideal BI platform is a rich, simplified, cloud-based, end-to-end business intelligence suite that allows you to analyze data sources and present findings in reports, summaries, dashboards, graphs, charts, and maps to provide users with a detailed intelligence report.
Business intelligence tools do not tell you what to do. Instead, they are a way to understand patterns across your organization and across product lines to propel business growth.
The Intelligence Experts
Founded in 1995, SSI specializes in financial management paired with data analytics across a broad range of business environments in both the private and public sectors. We tailor software solutions for organizations of all sizes so you have a strong foundation on which to grow and prosper. Our Business Intelligence team is made up of certified professionals who can deliver scalable, self-service analytics for your business in less time than our competitors.
With our strength in data management, we’ve helped many of our clients establish the necessary foundation to deliver powerful data visualization and actionable analytics in a timely manner while meeting the goals of both the business and the IT department. Our partnerships with Birst, Tableau, and IBM enable us to further elevate our unparalleled commitment to adding genuine value to your business operations.
Our partner Infor has acquired Birst, a pioneer of cloud-native, BI analytics, and data visualization. Birst is a unique comprehensive platform for sourcing, refining, and presenting standardized data insights at scale to drive critical business decisions that are grounded in numbers. The Birst business intelligence platform is a rich, simplified end-to-end BI suite in the cloud, so your team can access critical data on the road just as efficiently as in the office.
Birst’s fully responsive and integrated HTML5 dashboards and visual discovery interfaces unify the traditionally disparate dashboard and discovery experience. Birst’s visual discovery and dashboards require no training or IT intervention and enable true self-service BI analytics across the enterprise. That means your team can quickly deploy a robust BI solution and start harnessing the power of data insights right away.
Birst’s visual discovery interface offers you the ability to intuitively explore data with consumer-friendly features like drag-and-drop and double-click, auto-complete search, guided visualizations, and visual filtering. The Birst platform makes it simple for anyone on your team to explore and present data in unique and insightful ways.
As a certified Tableau reseller and implementation partner, Smart Solutions has the breadth and depth of expertise in financial management and data analytics to optimize software for a broad range of business settings in both the private and public sectors. Our business intelligence team is made up of certified professionals who can deliver end-to-end, scalable, self-service analytics for your business in a fraction of the time that you might be accustomed to with other vendors.
Tableau has a robust range of functions and features. Key capabilities include:
- Web-based analytics in minutes, not days
- Multidimensional insights into your business operations
- Geographic visibility with one-click analytical map creation and analysis
- Extracting data into Tableau’s blazing fast data engine and taking advantage of breakthrough in-memory architecture
- Compelling presentations for both internal and external meetings
- Collaboration and sharing through web deployment
- Interactive visualizations embedded in applications
- Compatibility with your existing IT infrastructure—fast and easy deployment, low maintenance, and a low total cost of ownership
Cognos 10 is designed to help your organization make smarter decisions, achieve better results, and gain a deeper understanding of trends, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats. Cognos 10 lets you explore any data in almost any combination of possibilities and over any time period with a broad range of analytics capabilities.
IBM Cognos Express is the first and only integrated BI and planning solution specifically designed to meet the needs and workflows of midsize companies. It delivers the essential reporting, analysis, dashboard, scorecard, planning, budgeting and forecasting capabilities that midsize companies need at a price that you can afford. Everything is included in a preconfigured solution that is easy to use and easy to buy, so your organization can get the tools you need to succeed today.
If you want to take the next step to making more intelligent decisions for your business, contact the experts at Smart Solutions today.