The impact of supply chain management on business intelligence

Audrey Langlois, Benjamin Chauvel


This conceptual paper investigates the impact of the supply chain on business
intelligence (BI) in private companies. The article focuses on these two subjects in order to
broadly understand the concept of business intelligence, supply chain and characteristics
implement such as OLAP, data warehouse or data mining. It looks at the joint advantages of
the business intelligence and supply chain concepts and revisits the traditional BI concept. We
found that the supply chain includes many data samples collected from the first supplier to the
last customer, which have to be analysed by the company in order to be more efficient. Based
on these observations the authors argue for why it makes sense to see the BI function as an
extension of supply chain management, but moreover they show how difficult it has become to
separate BI from other IT intensive processes in the organization.


Business intelligence, information systems, real-time business intelligence, supply chain management

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