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abaX Data is a Business Intelligence consultancy that provides our clients with the tools, techniques and processes to make decisions based on data.
 
From inception to completion, we have the experience, tools and expertise necessary to deliver and support successful Business Intelligence solutions.

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How Can Business Intelligence Help Me?

In our previous definition of business intelligence , we discussed the origins of business intelligence and the diversity of the field. Rather than reproduce that discussion here, we will restate our definition;

the process of using information to gain a competitive advantage by making decisions and managing operations based on data

In looking at this definition, it is not too hard to imagine ways that data, the flow of information or the quality of analysis can be improved upon. We include any method that can increase our efficacy, understanding (of business) or application of information. Let’s look at a few common cases of how business intelligence practices can improve the way that we work with and use data. We examine;

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Data Repositories
Automation
Planning Solutions
 
Reporting
Improved Analysis
 


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Automating Manual Processes

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention, and in our experience that’s the approach business users adopt. There is a problem and it’s solved. Since most organisations provide Excel to users, it is often where the problem is solved and a workbook solution is created.

However, business (and their analysis) never stand still and that workbook is changed, adapted an updated for new business requirements and changing conditions. The workbook may change so much that it unrecognisable from its original creation. The workbook becomes part of a monthly procedure and embedded in departmental process. Furthermore, because the solution was developed in an incremental manner it relies on a key person (usually the creator) to update and maintain it. This maintenance becomes a lengthy procedure and is subject to error.


It is not hard to see that the process of updating data, changing conditional values and maintaining these kinds of workbooks do not add any real value to the organisation – after all it’s the output that’s important and not maintenance.

Of course, the workbook is synonymous with any number of systems and can include personal databases and a web of tools and technologies.

By automating the process (of the key person), technology can be used to create efficiencies through data preparation and presentation. The activities of the key person (including validation, substitution and replacement) can usually be automated so that the outcome is available and ready for use as required. This removes the traditional (key person) risk with the process and (to some extent) formalises the work that has been done.