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Build BI tools fast with agile approach

BI system development hits the ground running with efficiency and flexibility using the agile methodology.

Feeling like your business intelligence effort is a bit sluggish and out of touch with what the business needs? Maybe it's time to try agile BI, a rapid development methodology that solicits end-user input early and often, and delivers BI systems fast.

While the use of the agile software development methodology is a big component of agile BI, it's by no means its only attribute, says Boris Evelson, an analyst at Forrester Research.

Forrester recommends adopting multiple best practices and next-generation technologies to make BI more flexible. The research firm defines agile BI as an approach that uses processes, methodologies, organizational structure, tools and technologies to help strategic, tactical and operational decision-makers be more flexible and more responsive to the fast pace of change in business and regulatory requirements.

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