Chapter 1

Introducing BI

Why is there a need for this book?

Many books exist that identify how to get the most out of analytics or how to develop an open source business intelligence (OSBI) solution based on specific development or solution requirements. The reality is that even though these books provide value within the niche they address, very little exists that provides an understanding of OSBI at the business level including:

1. What OSBI is and how its adoption can benefit organizations;

2. The general considerations required before embarking on an OSBI project and the potential challenges that exist;

3. How to justify an OSBI project from the business side (instead of from an IT development perspective); and

4. The tools required at ...

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