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Programming Excel® Services by Alvin Bruney

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Business Intelligence Systems

In the last decade or so, Business Intelligence (BI) has evolved to mean much more than data mining. The term encompasses everything from data harvesting across disparate back ends to model-driven analysis of data. Knowledge workers typically employ a variety of tools to make sense of this mass of data. It should come as no surprise that Excel spreadsheets drive the majority of this business in the real world. Consequently, Microsoft has provided leadership in this domain by empowering SharePoint 2007 with a complete suite of BI tools that put knowledge workers in the driver's seat.

SharePoint 2007 bridges the data gap by allowing knowledge workers to connect to disparate back ends, such as SQL Server, SAP, Siebel, ...

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