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Business Intelligence and Business Analytics Systems

Summary

Business agility is one of the key determinants of business success. It describes the ability of an organization’s executives to make successful business decisions in a both effective and efficient manner. In most modern enterprises, Business Intelligence and Management Support Systems represent a core enabler of managerial decision making in that they are supplying up-to-date and accurate information about all relevant aspects of a company’s planning and operations: from stock levels to sales volumes, from process cycle times to key indicators of corporate performance. 

As an important category of Enterprise Systems, these applications target improving business decision making and enhancing enterprise-wide transparency. The aim of this module is to introduce theoretical foundations, concepts, tools, and current practice of Business Intelligence and Management Support Systems. Moreover, students are being introduced to decision making at various levels and how various forms of Business Intelligence and Management Support Systems can support them in their work. The module is complemented with a case study. It challenges the students to analyze and propose solutions for a specific enterprise challenge with regards to system-based decision making and enterprise-wide transparency. Several practical exercise sessions are offered during this course. The exercises aim to illustrate students how real-world analytical problems can be solved.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will

  • get comprehensive overview of key capabilities of Business Intelligence and Management Support Systems,
  • understand theoretical foundations underlying these systems,
  • get practically oriented view by analyzing and proposing solutions for a selected enterprise challenge.
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