MSBI : BI # 67 : Business Intelligence – Tools & Theory # 59 : Implementing Business Intelligence #1 : Implementing Business Intelligence & Business Intelligence Platform

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This post is part of Series Business Intelligence – Tools & Theory

Currently running topic for this series is listed as below :

Series Business Intelligence – Tools & Theory

>>Chapter 1 : Business Intelligence an Introduction

>>Chapter 2 : Business Intelligence Essentials

>>Chapter 3 : Business Intelligence Types

>>Chapter 4 : Architecting the Data

>>Chapter 5 : Introduction of Data Mining

>>Chapter 6 : Data Mining Techniques

>>Chapter 7 : Introduction to Data Warehousing

>>Chapter 8 : Different Ways of Data Warehousing

>>Chapter 9 : Knowledge Management

>>Chapter 10 : Data Extraction

>>Chapter 11 : Business Intelligence Life Cycle

>>Chapter 12 : Business Intelligence User Model

>>Chapter 13 : Business Intelligence Issues and Challenges

>>Chapter 14 : Business Intelligence Strategy and Roadmap

>>Chapter 15 : Implementing Business Intelligence<You are here>

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We are going to Cover the Following Points in this article

  • Implementing Business Intelligence
  • Business Intelligence Platform

Implementing Business Intelligence

By now you must be familiar with the strategies followed for building a successful BI application. In this unit, you will read about various aspects governing the choice the right platform for any BI. We will discuss about BI products and vendors. The Business Intelligence platform permits to rapidly obtain information from the corporate systems and databases.

The BI solutions also protect the business users from the complexities of the database and also its underlying technologies. The BI platform presents the data in the context of common business terms that are intuitive, as well as shared across the enterprise. A BI platform only gives value if the people use it.

The BI Capability matrix serves as a high-level guide to understand the technical capabilities of each vendor’s shipping products. Data mart is a database which has the same characteristics as that of a data warehouse, and is usually smaller and is focused on the data for one division or one workgroup within an enterprise. The BI platforms to work well with the relevant enterprise and information management applications. The integrated approach along with the fact that many enterprises already have the vendor’s ERP and the information management applications in place is influencing the customers to standardize on one of the BI platforms.

Business Intelligence Platform

The requirement for Business Intelligence (BI) has never been bigger as the gap between the amount of data available and the ability to analyze and understand it is broadening. The organization’s relationships often go beyond the enterprise to include the suppliers, customers and investors. Today, it is becoming even more important that the decision makers from those on the shop floors to those in the executive boardrooms to obtain the information they need at the right time and right format. With an easy-to – use secure, scalable and extensible BI solution, both the internal and external users can just obtain it.

The Business Intelligence platform permits to rapidly obtain information from the corporate systems and databases. It even allows querying, reporting, analyzing and sharing within and beyond the enterprise for more useful tracking, understanding and management of business operations.

BI platform change the dissimilar, granular information scattered across the multiple systems into a meaningful, reusable business definitions to make the analytical insight across the organization. For example, a reusable reporting dimension can be defined around how the sales territories are organized, making the other employees to create reports and analyses using the common definitions. As business requirements evolve, the end users can develop new reports and also refine their own analyses, while making sure one version of the truth through the common definitions of business entities, for example the products, markets, the profit margins, and more.

If the employees throughout the organization are going to rely on the Business Intelligence, then it is important to deliver a system that is easy and intuitive to use. If the users find the tools difficult to use, or if they require advanced technical knowledge to be successful, then the value of the system gets reduced. Enterprise 6 allows the users to easily generate reports, analyze the data for themselves, and also share the insights regarding the same. The use of the common business terms in combination with the simple drag-and-drop report creation will please the employees at all the skill levels. The integration of querying, reporting, and analyzing into a single interface will remove the need to learn many products. Additionally, a personalized BI portal allows the users to save the reports in a custom document hierarchy and also to easily search for the documents using the keywords and other attributes.

BI should also allow all the users to get the answers for the specific data needs or the organizational problems. The decision makers require self- sufficiency and independence to generate reports as and when they are needed. This needs the end users to be able to formulate the business questions and also conduct queries and analysis in support of the decision- making process. Compared to other BI platforms that need IT to generate reports or custom build Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cubes, the Business Objects allows the business users to access and analyze the data themselves. This ad hoc analysis will result in better understanding of the business issues and also give the organization the capacity to make decisions quickly and effectively.

The BI solutions also protect the business users from the complexities of the database and also its underlying technologies. The BI platform presents the data in the context of common business terms that are intuitive, as well as shared across the enterprise. The end result is that the users can spend less time in gathering the information and more time in analyzing it to make more effective decisions.

An original semantic layer insulates the business users from the underlying data complexity. The Business Objects users can get immediate insight into the data with the on-report analysis. The powerful analytic functions will permit quick drill down into the data, for example, from the region to state to city, or slice and dice to get different views of the data, for example, the sales by product or the sales by region.

The other one-click functions such as the table pivot, the monthly variance, the ranking, the alerts, and the filters can help in understanding the information. These types of calculations give important analytical value-add on top of the raw data from the source systems.

Best-in-class web-based reporting and analysis

Usually, accessing the analytic information through a web browser restricted the users to simplistic reports, and little if any interactive analysis. The Web Intelligence gives the power of the web to reach the broadest audience of internal and external users at the lowest possible cost, delivering intuitive and rich analysis to the thin-client users. Web users can access and also create new reports, sort and filter data, add calculations and advanced formatting, drill down to explore the information in greater detail, or drill it through to other related reports.

Leveraging the information assets

Important data is often spread across a wide range of sources and systems. The report needs information that is in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and other application systems, as well as spreadsheets, OLAP databases, or data warehouses.

The BI platform can access and leverage all these data sources, bringing together the right information to make sure that a complete picture of the enterprise is available to drive the important business decisions.

For example, within a single report user can combine data from a data mart with the data from a spreadsheet, plus additional data from an OLAP cube or a CRM system. The semantic layer within the BI platform insulates the users from the particular data constructs and complexities of all of the underlying sources.

Serving the needs of every user

The platform querying, reporting, and analyzing products will deliver easy-to-use analysis to all kinds of users. Whether accessing information in a thin-client environment with Web Intelligence, Creating reports in Windows, or analyzing data in Microsoft Excel, the BI platform makes sure that all the employees leverage the same common business definitions and information to give a consistent basis for decision making across the enterprise.

People at all levels of an organization are responsible for making decisions which can affect the enterprise performance. And in today’s extremely competitive business environment, good decision making needs access to accurate and timely information throughout the organization, along with the ability to share knowledge with the partners and the customers.

With Enterprise 6, delivery of the precise and significant information to the mass audience through the report broadcasting can be obtained. The Enterprise 6 serves the needs of the organization, the partners, and all the business users by giving Business Objects Info View, a business intelligence portal, and Business Objects Broadcast Agent, a mechanism for distributing information in different formats including the Business Object reports, Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. The users can schedule or send reports based on the alert criteria to make sure the timely information delivery.

Comprehensive delivery options

While delivering the information to the mass audience, it is vital to give an interface that serves all the users, irrespective of the analytic or the technical skills. Thus, the information delivery process will have to be both intuitive and easy to follow. Moreover, it has to support the popular formats and the tools that the users can expect.

The Enterprise 6 will provide the information in the format designed to support all the required skill levels. Users can access the information and the reports through the portal or the dashboard, through email, or through generally used desktop applications like the Microsoft Excel and the Adobe Acrobat.

Whatever may be the information delivery preference, all the users will have to get the value from the BI Information in the right format and at the right time, whether accessed by the employee over the intranet, or by the customer or partner through the extranet.

The Information Delivery options will support the popular formats such as the HTML, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Excel.

Performance and scalability

Getting the most out of the BI solution requires the enterprise-class performance and the scalability. The users will expect fast response times as they navigate and analyze the data irrespective of whether the system is deployed to a few users in the department or to thousands of users across the enterprise. The BI platform gives fast response times to the interactive users in the small or the large deployments. The Comprehensive auditing will allow continuous refinement and tuning of the information resources.

Centralized administration and security

The user’s information requirements can differ based on the job role, the department, the specific projects, and factors. However, some information may be sensitive, so that only certain users or groups will be allowed to access it. The BI platform gives a robust security model that integrates with the existing security and the authentication systems, making sure that the users can only access the reports and the information planned for them.

Information is the organization’s most valuable asset, and will have to control who can have access to it. To extend the business intelligence solution to the suppliers, the partners, or the customers, it can become even more significant to make sure a secure environment that can give both the control and the flexibility, from anywhere and at any time.

Continuous refinement of the information resources

A BI platform only gives value if the people use it. Reports have to answer the end user’s most important business questions. Further, the information overload can result in the wake of not used or unwanted reports.

The BI platform is the only BI solution which gives report auditing capabilities to help the organization in understanding the reports which can be used by the largest number of users, and the reports which are of no value to the end users. This information can be used to improve the target and to tune the available reports to make sure that the users obtain maximum value from the available reports.

The most valuable BI platform on the market

The BI platform is lessening the gap between the availability of the information and the capability to analyze and understand it. This is because it is easy to use, secure, scalable, and extend, so both the business and the technical users can quickly extract the information from the corporate systems and the databases. They can query, report, analyze, and share within and beyond the enterprise for the more effective tracking, understanding, and management of the business operations.

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