Business intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help enterprise users make better business decisions. 

BI applications include the activities of decision support systems, query and reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), statistical analysis, forecasting and data mining.

Business intelligence applications can be: 

- Mission-critical 

- Integral to an enterprise's operations 

- Occasional to meet a special requirements 

- Enterprise-wide 

- Local to one division or department

- Centrally initiated 

- Driven by user demand