Title: Need for real time Business Intelligence

Authors: Jayanthi Ranjan

Addresses: Information Management and Technology Area, Institute of Management Technology, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Abstract: For companies maintaining direct contact with large numbers of customers, a growing number of channel-oriented applications (e.g. e-commerce support, call centre support) is creating a new data management challenge: that is effective ways of integrating enterprise applications in real time. To learn from the past and forecast the future, many companies are adopting Business Intelligence (BI) tools and systems. This paper argues that in order to support firms that are service oriented and desperately seeking customer loyalty and retention, it is necessary to revisit the BI concept that integrates and consolidates information in an organisation. To support the argument, the paper presents a case scenario to illustrate the role of BI in the supply chain.

Keywords: business intelligence; real time BI; supply chain management; SCM; information integration; data warehousing; customer loyalty; customer retention; agile systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2007.015841

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2007 Vol.2 No.4, pp.425 - 443

Published online: 24 Nov 2007 *

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