Difference Business Intelligence and Big Data

The differences between Business Intelligence and Big Data

It is common when dealing with digital strategy projects that some agents involved confuse the concept of Business Intelligence with that of Big Data. Therefore, before starting to work with both, it is necessary to know perfectly well how both concepts differ.

Business Intelligence or Business Intelligence, appears in the 90s, with the Objective of Analysis / Exploitation of business systems.
This set of technologies, techniques and metric models was promoted, promoted by large software providers, under the licensing business model.

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1. What is Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence can be defined as the part of business management responsible for the collection, processing and presentation of relevant information that facilitates decision making.

Business Intelligence has as its main objective the search for the Only Version of the Truth of corporate information, or it can also be said that it seeks Exact and Real Photo of the Company.




2. How to choose a Business Intelligence tool?

Questions that arise in a corporation when deciding to invest in BI tools:

  • Which products are the ones that generate the greatest benefits for me? = Promotion.
  • What products are purchased by customer segments with common characteristics? = Marketing campaigns.
  • What products trigger your sales at certain dates or times of the year? = Stock Optimization.
  • What are the characteristics of my 5% most profitable customers? = Loyalty.
  • Which promotions generate the most repetition of purchase among my customers? = Campaign optimization.
  • What products are purchased by the same customer segment? = Products.
  • How are my results going against budget? = Deviations.
  • What kind of expenses are skyrocketing? = Accounting and financial.
  • Where are 80% of my sales, costs and profitability concentrated? = Sales strategy.
  • What objectives are being met? Business plan.

3. Big data

On the other hand, BIG DATA appears in 2012, with the aim of indexing large amounts of unstructured information (internet, logs, social).

It is a TECHNOLOGY promoted by software, internet, hardware, social networks companies under the business model of distribution and support.

BIG DATA, being an information-focused technology, is configured under the PARADIGM of the 3 essential V’s of Big Data.


Big data isn’t just for data scientists and bespoke projects.


For use within the business world and corporations, integration technologies and design of hybrid architectures with BI are used.


In addition, 60% of companies collect more information than they can actually use.

Therefore, Big Data is used to explore and discover value-added information where it could never before be entered due to technological incapacity, processing, techniques and final needs. Companies didn’t know they needed to explore new sources of information.

Very large and complex sources of information that require special technologies to extract processing and storing information.

4. Conclusion

After this brief explanation of the characteristics of Business Intelligence and Big Data, we can clearly conclude that Big Data does not replace BI, and there is a substantial difference between the two:

Business Intelligence helps you find answers to familiar questions and Big Data helps you find the questions you don’t know how to find.