April 2015 | Point of View

Business intelligence: It's time to take private equity to the next level

In a challenging economic environment, portfolio management has taken on greater importance. Private equity firms must look at every possible avenue in order to streamline portfolio company operations and improve performance.

Business intelligence (BI) is a concept and system for analyzing collected data, with the purpose of providing a better view of an organization's operations - ultimately, to improve and enhance decision making. Business intelligence solutions can help private equity firms increase agility and performance. Contrary to popular belief, improving BI isn’t necessarily expensive or time-consuming, it isn’t only about tracking financial metrics, and it doesn’t have to involve a wholesale replacement of existing systems and processes.

This article explains how private equity firms, which lag other enterprises in their focus on BI, can improve operations—and, more importantly, take the right steps toward improving their management insight.

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