Business intelligence tools are a type of software that is designed to retrieve, analyze and report data. By providing timely access to trusted information across functions and departments for actionable insight and fact-based decision making, the business intelligence initiative will help inform long-term planning and execution of the university strategy and support GW’s strategic goals of excellence in education, excellence in research and world-class service to all university stakeholders (students, faculty, alumni, parents, staff and community members).
Over the last several decades, hundreds of studies in organizations of all kinds- from small family owned retailers to corporate giants, from hospitals to religious orders- have followed certain people’s lead, assessing the capabilities that set the star performers apart from average in jobs within their organization.
The Business Intelligence Advisory Committee (BIAC) is composed of upper management from various GW functions and departments who have a vested interest in guiding the BI strategy direction, roadmap prioritization and institutionalization of BI policies, processes and communication.
Any personal information collected will be administered in accordance with the Department of Employment and Social Development Act , the Privacy Act and other applicable privacy laws governing the protection of personal information under the control of the Department of Employment and Social Development.
Sporadic use of the term business intelligence dates back to at least the 1860s, but consultant Howard Dresner is credited with first proposing it in 1989 as an umbrella phrase for applying data analysis techniques to support business decision-making processes.