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Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App by Cindi Howson

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Chapter 3The Business Intelligence Front-End

If the business intelligence architecture is like the engine of the car, then the BI front-end tools are like the body: sporty, sleek, fast, and where the razzle-dazzle of color, handling, and chrome finish all matter. You can have a perfectly architected data warehouse, and yet if you don’t have the right BI front-end tools, you won’t achieve business intelligence success. Technical capabilities matter here but so do subtle differences such as look-and-feel and ease of use. Conversely, while you can have a powerful, intuitive BI front-end, if you have not paid attention to the underlying technical components discussed in the last chapter, your initiative will fail and users will blame the tool for ...

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