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What Is Business Intelligence?

Business intelligence is a broad class of applications and technologies for collecting, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help make better business decisions. For LEAPForward the overarching goal of the business intelligence effort is to provide value-added knowledge. The BI environment will be designed to assist University leadership in making informed decisions in support of the strategic goals, as well, as provide students with the administrative information that they need to be successful at the University. The first two areas to be addressed by the business intelligence effort are human resources and finance information. At a later date, the effort will move towards supporting the implementation of the new student information system. As modules of the student information system are deployed, the business intelligence environment will be developed in parallel.
Employee Spotlight:  Kara Nelson, Project Specialist
Background:  I was born and raised in Moline, IL.  I received my undergraduate degree from ISU in Business Administration, and during that time I competed for the ISU softball team.  After graduating, I pursued my MBA with a specialization in marketing, and graduated in May 2012. 
What do you miss most about being a kid?  Being carefree- When my biggest dilemma in life was deciding what kind of Pop-Tart to eat for breakfast.
What was the first thing you bought with your own money?  I can’t remember my first purchase as a kid, but in my grown up life my first adult purchase was a hyperactive oversized puppy.
What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?  After I’ve inserted my coffee IV, I take my dog outside and eat breakfast.  I can’t function until I’ve had food and coffee.

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