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Conceptual analysis of business intelligence

V. H. Pirttimaki

SA Journal of Information Management; Vol 9, No 2 (2007), . doi: 10.4102/sajim.v9i2.24

Submitted: 03 November 2007
Published:  03 November 2007


The literature review shows that business intelligence (BI) has a long history even though its systematic use in the business context is more recent. Despite the importance of systematic BI, the concept is still trying to find a footing in both academia and the business world. From the literature review, one sees that there are numerous intelligence concepts and that their categorization is ambiguous. The BI concept is also multidimensional as there is no precise or universal conception of what BI is. The article aims to provide an analysis of BI definitions and related intelligence concepts, such as the content of each key concept, what it describes and how intelligence concepts relate to each other. Another objective of the article is to increase the academic understanding and status of this recent field of research on intelligence activities.

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V. H. Pirttimaki, Tampere University of Technology, Finland


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