Gartner Research

Clarifying the Many Meanings of "Analytics"

Published: 31 March 2010

ID: G00175324

Analyst(s): Bill Hostmann, Andreas Bitterer, Gareth Herschel , Nigel Rayner


The term "analytics" has acquired several different meanings in general usage. Understanding the different definitions and their implications will ensure clarity in organizational discussions and will yield a more effective application of the concept.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Context
  • Analysis
    • Meaning 1: "Analytics" as Shorthand for a Particular BI Capability or Technique
    • Meaning 2: "Analytics" as Shorthand for Following a Data- or an Insight-Centric Approach to Solving a Business Problem
    • Meaning 3: "Analytics" as Shorthand for Analytic Applications
    • Meaning 4: "Analytics" as an Overall Label for the BI, Analytic Application and Performance Management Domain
  • Key Facts

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