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Business Intelligence Guidebook by Rick Sherman

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Chapter 1

The Business Demand for Data, Information, and Analytics

Abstract

In the business world, knowledge is not just power. It is the lifeblood of a thriving enterprise. Knowledge comes from information, and that, in turn, comes from data. Many enterprises are overwhelmed by the deluge of data, which they are receiving from all directions. They are wondering if they can handle Big Data—with its expanding volume, variety, and velocity. There is a big difference between raw data, which by itself is not useful, and actionable information, which business people can use with confidence to make decisions. Data must to be transformed to make it clean, consistent, conformed, current, and comprehensive—the five Cs of data. It is up to a Business Intelligence ...

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