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A Business Analytics Solutions Guide

A Business Analytics Solutions Guide

The objective of this article is to help you move from where you are now in your organization to a point where you can reliably monitor the status of any relevant business component or characteristic on-demand, in real-time. 

Business Intelligence (BI) is not an app you can install so you can instantly experience interesting and meaningful results like from a water fountain.  Before you can understand the relevance of the outputs from BI, you do have to grasp at least the fundamentals of the inputs.  You might not need to incorporate the philosophy of any of your chosen vendors in one gulp, but you should plan a strategic approach that’s staged, manageable, and that involves contributions from all departments rather than some new, rogue element. 

Tom’s IT Pro speaks with world-class experts on business analytics (BA) so that you can start planning how your business can modernize its approach to the data it generates.

Scott M. Fulton, III has chronicled the history of computing as it happened, from the unveiling of the Apple III to the undoing of MS-DOS to the rise of the cloud.  Scott was one of the original online managers of the Delphi network (you remember modems, don’t you?), part of the original editorial team of Computer Shopper (you remember paper, don’t you?), the Senior News Editor at Tom’s Hardware and the original TG Daily (you remember... never mind), and for four years served as managing editor of Betanews.  He’s the author of 17 books and over 5,000 articles printed worldwide in multiple languages.  Scott also appears as contributing technology analyst on NTN24’s Ciencia, Salud y Tecnología.  So basically, he has at least one finger in just about every medium, in hopes that maybe one of them will take root and bear fruit.  You never know, something could happen.  His fingers are crossed.  (Which could explain the typing problems.)  While he’s waiting, Scott and his wife Jennifer, herself a best-selling author (where do you think he gets it?), run Ingenus, LLC, an editorial services provider for technology and higher education publishers.  Right now, their daughter is probably on Tumblr telling her friends how Dad keeps finding something new to go wrong with his VCR. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @SMFulton3.

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