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BI Apps Make BI Currency Easier

Business intelligence is, ultimately and at last, about exercising intelligence around business. That means staying atop the razor’s edge of furiously advancing industry developments, including those being undertaken by the competition.

Technology’s a sincere friend here. There’s no shortage of smartly devised apps designed to keep you abreast of your little corner of the business world — and your contemporaries’ movements within it.

BIappsHere are four of the best.

Newsle.com

With LinkedIn having earned its place at the table of indispensible tools for business folks looking to keep up to speed with their networks, the enhancement of the Newsle application addition thereto simply makes it more so. This web application scours the digital landscape for instances of designated members of your network’s appearance in the news. Articles that mention, or are written by, the individuals in question are drawn off into a summary page for easy espionage, er, perusal.

Birst Mobile for iPad

This clever tool offers deep-dive interactive entrée to a number of BI dashboards, complete with a rich visual interface highlighted by easy-to-access charts and tables that trade on iPad’s unique features. Birst Mobile arrives with a set of demo dashboards and a tutorial to bring users up to speed.

CrunchBase

This free web app is an excellent utensil for curious users looking to search the Web for scoops on public and private tech companies and products — however early they are in their existence. With it, they can uncover early life-stage insights, such as companies’ funding sources and founders’ names. There’s also contact information and a link to companion site TechCrunch, which gathers recent news about the startups.

Bing Finance

This nifty app, included free with Windows 8, takes a long view of whatever companies one chooses to nominate for scrutiny across a range of news sources, including finance blogs and major international publications. In short order, it coughs up everything about them, from news coverage to stock performance and industry comparisons of their financial metrics.

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