Essay about Business Intelligence Software at Sysco

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Case analysis of “Business Intelligence Software at SYSCO”
Chenwei Liu
What is Business Intelligence (BI)? BI is the way that using modern data warehouse technology, online analytical processing, and data mining to analysis the data then achieve business value. As a tool, BI is used to deal with the existing data in the enterprise, and convert it into knowledge, analysis and conclusions, and then help the decision-maker to make a right and wise decision.

In the "Business Intelligence Software at SYSCO" case, SYSCO plans to use the BI software supplied by Business Objects to improve the ability of manage and analyze the data of whole company including all the operating companies. With the advanced way of data analysis, it’s easier for
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2.Which types of problems will it not address?
BI software, especially like Business Objects, is a very advanced way to analyze and use information to help executives make right decision. But the BI software is only good at manage and analyze the information, not at information collection. For some company that has the good way to collect information, the BI software is very useful and effective. But for some company that have problem to collect the information, the BI software have limited effect to help the decision maker.

3.Can the system provide SYSCO with a competitive advantage?
SYSCO is a huge company that had 420,000. It is a highly decentralized business composed of over 100 operating companies. And SYSCO have prefect database that contain huge information about whole company and customers. With the huge amount of information, the executives are very hard to use those data. The executives need a tool to help them manage and analyze the information, and then they can make the right decision from the information. The best tool is BI system. BI system is the professional tool for information management. BI’s capabilities include Dashboards, Extraction, Data mining, Predefined reports, Ad hoc querying and reporting, Predictive analytics, Event notification and Distribution, so the BI system can improve the information efficiency to a high level. If the SYSCO use the BI system to manage their

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