business intelligence 101

Paper Section 1: Reflection and Literature Review

Using Microsoft Word and Professional APA format, prepare a professional written paper supported with three sources of research that details what you have learned from chapters 3 and 4. This section of the paper should be a minimum of two pages.

Paper Section 2: Applied Learning Exercises

In this section of the professional paper, apply what you have learned from chapters 3 and 4 to descriptively address and answer the problems below. Important Note: Dot not type the actual written problems within the paper itself.

  1. Research some data warehouse vendors and obtain information about their products. Give special attention to vendors that provide tools for multiple purposes, such as Cognos, Software A&G, SAS Institute, and Oracle. Free online demos are available from some of these vendors. Download a demo or two and try them and describe your learning experience and review of this products.
  2. Download an information visualization tool, such as Tableau, QlikView, or Spotfire. If your school does not have an educational agreement with these companies, then a trial version would be sufficient for this exercise. Use your own data (if you have any) or use one of the data sets that comes with the tool (they usually have one or more data sets for demonstration purposes). Study the data, come up with a couple of business problems, and use data and visualization to analyze, visualize, and potentially solve those problems.
  3. Important Note: With limited time for a college class, perfection is not expected but effort to be exposed to various tools with attempts to learn about them is critical when considering a career in information technology associated disciplines.

Important Note: There is no specific page requirement for this section of the paper but make sure any content provided fully addresses each problem.

Paper Section 3: Conclusions

After addressing the problems, conclude your paper with details on how you will use this knowledge and skills to support your professional and or academic goals. This section of the paper should be around one page including a custom and original process flow or flow diagram to visually represent how you will apply this knowledge going forward. This customized and original flow process flow or flow diagram can be created using the “Smart Art” tools in Microsoft Word.

Paper Section 4: APA Reference Page

The three or more sources of research used to support this overall paper should be included in proper APA format in the final section of the paper.

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