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Tableau is a business intelligence software solutions company that helps organizations see and understand their data- a highly valuable resource. Tableau provides business intelligence solutions from analyzing of business data. The software’s main objective is to ensure that clients gain the most insight from their business data. Tableau software solutions are meant to make data analytics more presentable, faster and easier. It offers real-time, up-to-date dashboards with data pertaining to all business areas and performance metrics. Tableau’s key selling points include attractive visualization tools and instant access to company-wide data via customized......

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Business Intelligence is an umbrella term that refers to the best practices done when collecting, analysing, disseminating and representing data. BI can be harnessed to ensure banks and their clients are laughing all the way to the, well, bank. But how? How can analysing business data do that? What is it about integrating BI into bank operations ensure absolute institution and customer satisfaction? What exactly is the role of BI in banking? The main roles of BI in banking are as follows: Monitoring cash flow Data about the movement of the money......

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A decision support system (DSS) is a computer-based information system that supports business or organizational decision-making activities; typically this results in ranking, sorting, or choosing from among alternatives. DSSs serve the management, operations, and planning levels of an organization (usually mid and higher management) and help people make decisions about problems that may be rapidly changing and not easily specified in advance. There are several types of DSSs that include: Communication-driven DSS which enables cooperation, supporting more than one person working on a shared task; examples include integrated tools like Google Docs or Microsoft Groove. Document-driven DSS which manages, retrieves, and......

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Business Intelligence (BI) for healthcare would be one big issue Kenya should be looking into. There are many questions decision makers in a hospital can ask themselves concerning the day to day operations of a hospital. These questions are answered best when they are referenced from data accumulated over time. I believe the oldest health facility in Kenya was found in 1901. As a BI consultant, I believe that at the mark of 50 years, the facility must have accumulated enough data to stabilize the hospital in all management angles. Data is......

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Pathways International, a boutique Business Intelligence company, has entered into a partnership with Tableau. Tableau is a Business Intelligence software solutions company that helps the world’s largest organizations utilize their most powerful asset- their data. As the amount of business data generated continues to grow, it has become necessary to perceive data as a resource. Tableau builds software to deliver the power to use this resource to solve problems. As part of the Tableau Alliance Partners, Pathways experts help clients choose the proper software for their BI needs. Under the partnership, our......

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Sample CEO Dashboard. Source: https://www.informationbuilders.com/ Dashboards and Scorecards are common tools used in business intelligence for supporting performance management. They are usually used for similar purposes and can be used at the same time but their functionalities differ. When choosing a dashboard or scorecard, one should consider the purpose of use, types of data to be monitored, and the focus on long term goals and strategy versus immediate goals. Use of visualization and key metrics in both tools are common thus confusing some people on their similarities. A data dashboard is an information management tool......

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    The terms Business Intelligence are often heard rarely understood. There is the general understanding that it is to do with management of data and so most business owners often believe that with a functioning IT system there is no need for Business Intelligence tools. However, BI, is a lot more than just management of data. It is a set of tools, products used to support the collection, analysis, presentation and dissemination of business information. With BI, the words business analytics often follow too. This is the continuous exploration of past......

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    The Pathways International Maturity model.       The Pathways business intelligence maturity model is a tool that we use to establish the technical, business processes and reporting level of an organization for us to be able to determine the best business intelligence processes and tools that fit.     The 7-step model uses a bottom up approach in identification of the levels and maturity of the business intelligence process for an organization.   1. Level 0:   Everything at this stage is manual. The business processes are manual, information......

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  As the amount of data companies are collecting continues to grow at a rapid rate, the talent pool of individuals needed to analyze this information is having trouble keeping up. It comes as no surprise that jobs for business intelligence (BI) analysts—employees tasked with analyzing large amounts of data— are opening up faster than they can be filled. While employers seek candidates with a wide variety of technical experience, proficiency in SQL (the programming language used for data definition and manipulation) tops the list. To learn what types of roles prospective......

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  Business intelligence refers to tools and techniques that collect, organize data and presents it in a meaningful and useful way. BI is most suitable on delivering access to accurate, understandable and actionable information on demand. Put in a simplified way, BI enables delivery of relevant and reliable information to the right people at the right time with the goal of achieving better decisions faster. In BI, programs, tools and methods are necessary to collect and structure data to be converted into information that can be used to make strategic decisions for......

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