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Terry Smagh | June 26, 2012
What is needed today is more intelligent business intelligence, and that is the promise of business discovery.

In the four years since they've adopted Business Discovery, CUH achieved savings equivalent to 25 percent of its bed capacity, reduced clinical variation, enhanced staff retention, improved patient outcomes and is on course to be in the top quintile against its peers across virtually all major performance metrics.

Benefits of business discovery

The benefits of business discovery are not limited to traditional roles in traditional enterprises. It also delivers insights in areas where "soft" data is just as important as the hard.

Police analysts in the Swedish city of Malmo made use of its business discovery platform to digest 10 years worth of crime reports - over two million reports, comprising two billion rows of data. Cross-referencing information from the vigilant public's "tip line", police analysts were able to develop customised queries to track down an alleged serial killer who had plagued the city.

Malmo police estimate that analysing the case and tip line information manually would have taken one officer 43 years, by which time the case would have gone well cold.

The Malmo story demonstrates how easy-to-use business discovery solutions, with their ability to support flexible, customised queries, can be used as an investigative tool and dramatically increase the insight generated from raw data.

Since the time our cave-dwelling ancestors told stories around the campfire, or recorded them in drawings, we have understood and sought to harness the value of information. As technology advances, we discover new ways to push the frontiers of what we know, and to empower more people to join in the exploration.

And as business discovery continues to evolve and mature, who knows what you'll discover tomorrow?

Terry Smagh is vice-president, QlikView - South East North Asia (SENA). 



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