There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what business analytics is and how it differs from business intelligence. That is appropriately so, as both terms are used interchangeably, with business intelligence being the broad term that incorporates analytics. However, there are differences.
Business intelligence focuses on assisting with decision-making based on present and historical data, while business analytics is more concerned with anticipating and analyzing future trends. Ultimately, it comes down to the key questions one is trying to answer.
Business intelligence is a combination of procedures, strategies, and tools used to transform raw data into useful insights. BI provides businesses with reports, performance metrics, and trends to assist them in making educated decisions in the present. When it comes to manufacturing, BI allows for the consolidation of previously dispersed data on the shop floor into a single, easily-accessible location.
A BI system enables factories to make better use of the data they generate, allowing for faster and more strategic decision making.
Business analytics is the use of strategies and technologies to interpret and analyze historical data and the present business functionality to uncover trends and patterns. BA assists manufacturers in making better decisions for the future and in enhancing or altering their current operations.
The ability to consistently gather and evaluate production data is crucial for manufacturers looking to enhance their operations. Without a complete perspective of the shop floor, it’s impossible to find inefficiencies and optimize equipment and operator performance.
For this reason, over 50 metal packaging plants in 22 countries are using Acumence, a manufacturing business intelligence platform, to monitor their operations in real time. Learn how Acumence assisted Ball Corporation by providing real-time data on downtime, production, and spoilage, resulting in a 3% increase in efficiency.
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