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Democratization, self-service emblematic of embedded BI

E pluribus unum -- "out of many, one" -- was the rallying cry that unified the 13 colonies at the dawn of the American Revolution and later manifested into a constitutional democratic republic and self-determination. More recently, a manifestation of a different sort in technology has captured the Spirit of '76 -- democratization of data and self-service tools. Enter embedded BI software: Out of many stand-alone business intelligence capabilities -- interactive dashboarding, reporting, predictive modeling and data analysis -- once obtained only by switching out of preferred apps, emerges one application to perform analytics, visualize insights and create customized apps. Operations, strategic planning and R&D have shown the greatest interest in embedded BI, according to the seventh annual "Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study" by Dresner Advisory Services.