What is Business Intelligence?

The world of business intelligence is one of interest to the majority of organisations.  But one thing has never ceased to amaze me.  Ask a multitude of different people the same question “What is business intelligence?” and you are guaranteed to get a whole host of different answers. Try typing the question into your favourite…

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Business Intelligence Vision

In essence, business intelligence is the use of technologies to help organisations make better decisions.  Whether these decisions be strategic, tactical or purely operational, having access to the right information at the right time in the right format is essential for sound judgement to be exercised on any business problem.   As a sole-trader or…

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PTS-TV, Chris Parkes & Business Scorecard Manager

Well, long time no post but this really means I’ve had little to say over the past few weeks via print.  However, here’s me, via PTS-TV talking about Business Intelligence and in particular scorecarding using Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager. http://www.microsoft.com/uk/partner/blog/pts-tv_chrisparkes.wvx Never in my life did I think I’d be downloadable but if you really feel…

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Are Office Excel 2007 Files Backwards Compatible?

According to the FAQ they are – see the “System Requirements, Integration, and Compatibility” section, here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/programs/excel/faq.mspx However, when I was challenged recently by a customer as to exactly how backwards compatible they were regarding the new and improved Business Intelligence capabilities, I thought I’d better do some further investigation and this is what I…

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Beyond Business Intelligence

The latest Bill Gates Executive email has been posted to the web.  Essential reading if you care to understand Microsoft’s vision and strategy looking forward to the next ten years around information overload/underload, productivity, collaboration, business intelligence and workflow optimisation.   Beyond Business Intelligence: Delivering a Comprehensive Approach to Enterprise Information Management http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/execmail/

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Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) 2005

In essence, there are two parts to this scorecarding solution, Microsoft Business Scorecard Server and Microsoft Business Scorecard Builder.   The server product allows you to manage scorecards through a central deployment mechanism and the builder provides a way for business analysts to quickly prototype, create and publish scorecards to be deployed via the server…

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Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Business Intelligence Demo

I promised to post a video so here it is. If you are curious about how you get from here… …to here… …in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, take a look here: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 BI Demo There’s no audio, it’s all rather self explanatory but it may take a moment to load, so please be…

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An Independent View of the BI "Stack"

I came across this interesting article whilst scouring the news the other day.  It’s nice to see a report indicating how Microsoft are positioned regarding the “stack” nowadays when it comes to Business Intelligence.   “…Microsoft credibly tout a more complete BI stack than just about any other vendor…”   The article is titled “Why…


So what is the solution “stack”?

So what exactly is the Microsoft BI Story? And why, when you look into it do you hear so much about a solution “stack”?  I think the simplest way to think about this is by using a kind of jigsaw analogy to solve a puzzle…  Think of each component part of a piece of software…


Parkesy’s Got A Brand New Blog

Go on, take a look… http://blogs.technet.com/chrisp/ I fully intend to keep this one up and running, together with content that is specifically Business Intelligence focused, it’s just that the other one is much more me 🙂 Curious? There’s even a link to the worlds best joke on there, fact!