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Business Intelligence for Dummies

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You're intelligent, right? So you've already figured out that Business Intelligence can be pretty valuable in making the right decisions about your business. But you've heard at least a dozen definitions of what it is, and heard of at least that many BI tools. Where do you start? Business Intelligence For Dummies makes BI understandable! It takes you step by step through t ...more
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Published February 4th 2011 by For Dummies (first published January 10th 2007)
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Marko Santos
May 25, 2011 Marko Santos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The front of the book says "Harness BI tools for forecasting and decision-making" which is not accurate, the back of the book says "Choose the right technology and implement a successful BI environment", which is more like it.

The book covers great information about a Project Management Process and useful tips to implement a BI environment from scratch, I was hoping to see how all the BI subject and terms such as "dimension", "granularity", "perspective" would apply to business insights and decis
Niels Lodewijk
I had this book on the shelve for quite a while. Now I have hands-on experience with BI tools I wanted to read some high-level/generalist book that I could use as a reference. I happen to like quite some of these dummies books, for example the ones on Excel Dashboards and Excel VBA programming gave me good introductions to their respective subjects, but I know the series provide uneven experiences. I think the BI book does ok in providing this broad framework I was looking for. You can easily us ...more
May 11, 2015 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like another reviewer said, this book focuses on project management (i.e., getting a company to adopt a BI solution in generic terms) than on actually using business intelligence. Plus, because this book references outdated software tools and bygone eras, I bet there are more relevant books out there - although I'm not sure what they are.
Mar 08, 2016 Eder rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first 30% of the book is really good in terms of getting the reader into the BI world, then I felt the author got out of the way by talking about Project Management to such an extend that I almost forgot I was reading a book about BI. In my opinion, I don't think a reader wants to read this book to learn about general Project Management (for that purpose there are plenty and a lot more specialized resources).

Linghui Zeng
Very simple but clear. Easy for beginners to understand.
Lauren Albert
Teaches more about the technology than about the Inelligence you are using it to gain. I would have preferred the reverse, with the tech only discussed in relation to an actual business need and situation. Tech use should be strategic--based on companies' strategic needs.
Sep 13, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I read most of this and it was ok but not great. If only it had spent a few pages on the different BI schemas (e.g. star schema), I would have done much better on the job exam I bought this book to prepare....sigh.
Some good general information mingled with a bit of fluff.
Dec 08, 2010 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Textbook for Business Intelligence 101 class
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