|David Haertzen, Principal Enterprise Architect|
There are numerous tools available for analyzing and presenting data. We will help you sort through the options. The types of tools breaks down into these categories:
This tutorial provides an overview of each of these types of tools. It is our plan to create a multi part tutorial that provides further detail about each major business intelligence tool category and technique.
Query tools enable the exploration of data through a user friendly exploration interface. These tools are typically:
They provide views of data that follow familiar patterns:
Examples of query tools include:
Reporting tools produce outputs that can be stored and reviewed. Often reports are produced on time schedule such as monthly. Reporting tools are typically:
Examples of reporting tools include:
Data mining tools are used by specialized analysts and driven by the search for patterns. Analytic methods are used such as:
In addition to these methods, mathematical techniques are used: linear regression, probability and optimization algorithms.
Examples of data mining tools include:
The patterns and rules discovered through data mining can be used to improve decision making and to forecast the results of those decisions.