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Oracle Business Intelligence: The Condensed Guide to Analysis and Reporting by Yuli Vasiliev

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Preface

While often used interchangeably, data and information do not mean the same thing. In a few simple words, data is what you can save, transform, or retrieve, whereas information is what you normally use in a decision-making process. On the other hand, these two terms are very closely related, as information is taken out of data. And sometimes, it may be quite sufficient to take a glance at your data by issuing a simple query, obtaining the required information, and getting your question answered.

Having data, though, does not automatically mean having information. In general terms, obtaining information is a process of transforming data. Depending on the information you need, the process of extracting information from data may be as simple ...

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