Business Intelligence 101

Written by Robert Flanglin

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Business Intelligence Tools

Business intelligence involves collecting quite a bit of information and analyzing it. Many business use tools to achieve this. A few ofrepparttar data tools are data modeling, data warehouses, and data mining. Data tools help employees collectrepparttar 145455 data and analyze it efficiently. Data tools are for organizational purposes mostly. Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) is used inrepparttar 145456 analyzing process. OLAP is sometimes simply referred to as Analytics, which is based onrepparttar 145457 hypercube or “cube” and dimensional analysis.

Some businesses also use software vendors for BI tools. There are quite a few enterprises offering BI technology. If a business does not getrepparttar 145458 BI tools themselves, then software vendor will provide a business with tools, and sometimes software support and BI professionals who will helprepparttar 145459 company analyze results and collect data. Some companies providing BI software are Siebel Systems, Microsoft, Altius Consulting, Business-Soft, and SAS Institute.


Businesses understand that knowingrepparttar 145460 customer isrepparttar 145461 key to success. Business intelligence isrepparttar 145462 path through which a business can collect data aboutrepparttar 145463 customer and analyze it. Business intelligence is also about knowingrepparttar 145464 market, including competitors and market trends. A business that hasrepparttar 145465 most accurate understanding of its marketplace will be more adequately prepared forrepparttar 145466 continual changes that inevitable occur in markets. Business intelligence is an important concept for any company to understand, because it will help them to gain new customers, retain old customers, and see a positive ROI.

Robert Flanglin is facinated by business topics and enjoys writing about them. Robert Flanglin writes articles mostly concerning Business Intelligence.

Top Ten Tips About Communication with your Employees Effectively

Written by Martin Haworth

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  • Honour The Audience

    All inputs from others is valuable, very valuable. So ensuring that when folks have takenrepparttar time, effort and, yes, courage to speak up, that you treat them with respect and gratitude.

  • Realise Their Responsibility

    Gettingrepparttar 145454 message across isrepparttar 145455 responsibility ofrepparttar 145456 person givingrepparttar 145457 message. It is no good saying, 'Well, I meant that...'. You need to sharpen your Communication skills up, if things go wrong and look inside yourself atrepparttar 145458 possibly mixed messages you are giving and refine them inrepparttar 145459 future. Learning is good!

  • Follow Up

    By writing up important messages and circulating them, just to confirm. It's a bit of a chore, but it makes sure that things are really clear - especially great for those who are less auditory and more visual.

  • Are Heard

    You speak with authority and in an easy to understand language - and you captivate. People leave you thinking - 'hey, I can go for that' and 'what a nice guy (or gal!)' Great communicators have this innate skill.

  • Build Rapport Easily

    It's like an old friend pops by for a chat. The best communicators truly have a charismatic skill which enables them to settle in very, very easily. Hard to learn, but very noticeable.

  • Check Understanding Frequently

    'What did you take from that message?' or 'Was what I said clear?'. Two simple yet key questions which activate that feedback loop. Never assume that your message isrepparttar 145460 one that everyone has received - it's worth checking out. So there it is - Communication in Ten easy steps. Get these right and it will significantly help your management performance, that of your people and your business overall.

    Copyright 2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, executives and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, (Note to editors. Feel free to use this article - it would be good if you could include a live link)

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