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Practical Business Intelligence

By : Ahmed Sherif
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Practical Business Intelligence

By: Ahmed Sherif

Overview of this book

Business Intelligence (BI) is at the crux of revolutionizing enterprise. Everyone wants to minimize losses and maximize profits. Thanks to Big Data and improved methodologies to analyze data, Data Analysts and Data Scientists are increasingly using data to make informed decisions. Just knowing how to analyze data is not enough, you need to start thinking how to use data as a business asset and then perform the right analysis to build an insightful BI solution. Efficient BI strives to achieve the automation of data for ease of reporting and analysis. Through this book, you will develop the ability to think along the right lines and use more than one tool to perform analysis depending on the needs of your business. We start off by preparing you for data analytics. We then move on to teach you a range of techniques to fetch important information from various databases, which can be used to optimize your business. The book aims to provide a full end-to-end solution for an environment setup that can help you make informed business decisions and deliver efficient and automated BI solutions to any company. It is a complete guide for implementing Business intelligence with the help of the most powerful tools like D3.js, R, Tableau, Qlikview and Python that are available on the market.
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Practical Business Intelligence
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Getting started with R

In order for us to begin scraping websites with R, we must first get our environment set up with R, as well as RStudio. R and RStudio are available to download on many different platforms whether it be Windows, Mac, or Linux. As with everything else in this book, the environment will be set up in a Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit environment.

Downloading and installing R

R is quite easy to download and install. Any online search for CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) will lead you to the latest version of R to download from the location that is closest to you. The search for R led me to the following website:

At the time of writing this book, the latest version of R is version 3.3.2 for Windows 32/64-bit, as can be seen in the following screenshot:

Once the file has been downloaded, the next step is to begin the installation of the executable file as shown in the following screenshot:

Select the default destination where...