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Enterprise Collaboration vs. Collaborative BI: What’s the Difference?


In recent months we’ve explored Collaborative BI as a growing trend and how it’s gaining popularity as an extension of traditional business intelligence solutions. Despite all the hype around this topic, it can be confusing to determine what makes Collaborative BI unique. I’ve seen the terms “Collaborative BI” and “enterprise collaboration” used interchangeably a lot lately, and while both may fall under the categories “Collaborative Decision-Making” or “Knowledge Management,” there are distinctions between the two that are important to understand.

Enterprise Collaboration
Though enterprise collaboration and Collaborative BI share some of the same features – the ability for users to interact like they would on social media, for example, rating, tagging, and commenting on content – enterprise collaboration is less specific about the type of interaction employees have. These platforms, like SharePoint and Socialcast, enable users to chat with each other, post blogs and wikis, make announcements, view the activity streams of other users, collaborate on projects, take polls, and generally do all the things they’d do in a workplace – but online. They provide a secure place for business users to work together and eliminate some of the need for project-related e-mails, phone calls, meetings, and shared drives. This article on CMS Wire gives a great example of how enterprise collaboration can improve the work life of a manager and his project team. It’s all about workflow and process-driven decision-making (as opposed to data-driven decision-making, which Collaborative BI facilitates).

Here are two ways that enterprise collaboration may look at your company:

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Webinar Recording: Collaborative BI – From Theory to Practice


In case you missed arcplan’s webinar on April 18th, Collaborative BI: From Theory to Practice, here’s the recording to view at your convenience:

In this webinar, we discuss:

  • How Collaborative BI affects your business in practical ways
  • How it embraces even casual business users who need access to information to enhance decision-making
  • The differences between Collaborative BI and enterprise collaboration platforms (like SharePoint)
  • The criteria you should evaluate when looking for your Collaborative BI solution.

We ended with a demo of arcplan Engage, our BI search & collaboration tool. Thanks to everyone who attended, and for those who didn’t, let us know if you’d like to discuss anything you see in the recording.