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Dispelling the Myths of IBM i Data Access
Ironically, many IBM Power Systems™ users are sitting on top of a “gold mine” of data that they could use to make their lives easier, their jobs more productive, and their companies more profitable—if they only knew how to harvest it. Yet, they don’t have the first idea about how to do that. They might even be considered “power users” on their computer systems and not know how to transform the data stored in their databases into a meaningful and useful format. A format that they and others can use for analysis, troubleshooting, reporting, forecasting, and other business needs.
This concept of meaningfully accessing data in a format that is usable for each type of user is often referred to as Business Intelligence, or BI. When done correctly, BI can be a powerful force in an organization. Unfortunately, that’s not often the case. Part of the problem is the many myths surrounding BI and its basic concepts. Take a look at five of these myths.