Just What Is Enterprise Business Intelligence?
Organizations typically approach business intelligence from many different perspectives. According to Chris Silbernagel, Managing Principal for the BI consultancy Exigent Partners, it's useful to talk about BI from an information, technology, and problem perspective. From an information perspective, it's necessary to understand three different points of view: the data's, the user's, and the corporation's. From the data context, enterprise BI is about access and security. To a user, BI means a single interface. For a company, BI means a single version of the “truth.” From a technology perspective, BI is viewed as a single interface, vendor, or methodology. From a problem perspective, BI revolves around database size, performance, security, and user acceptance. After outlining these basic concepts of BI, Silbernagel answers some of the key questions organizations have when considering a BI initiative: What is its value? Why should the company make the investment? And how is BI better than what the company already has? Silbernagel concludes by looking at the first steps an organization can take for implementing enterprise business intelligence.