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This research examines how finance executives at manufacturing, retail, or transportation companies are using--or plan to use--business intelligence (BI) applications to help turn rapidly proliferating data output into useful management information. It recognizes the widespread difficulties companies have with extracting and using consistent data from across disparate information systems, and provides recommendations for building a metrics-driven culture that employs meaningful information deep within the organization. In particular, the report focuses on challenges and solutions for growing midsize companies, compared with those of larger, more established competitors.