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SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Vol. 2 by Kimberly Tripp, Paul Randal, Paul Nielsen, Brad McGehee, Greg Low, Louis Davidson, Kalen Delaney

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Chapter 58. Excel as a BI frontend tool

Pedro Perfeito

The amount of business data is increasing exponentially, and computers and technology have made the world move faster. Uninformed decisions may be the result of a world moving faster than the minds of the decision makers, who increasingly need business intelligence (BI) systems.

The concept of BI is related to the ability to provide quality information at the right time to all layers of an organization (strategic, tactical, and operational), making it more competitive today than yesterday and more competitive tomorrow than today. The term was officially coined in 1989 by Howard Dresner, but the practices inherent in this concept have always been present in our daily lives. For Microsoft, ...

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