Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence

 

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Our business intelligence solution consists of various components to address self-service business intelligence, data warehousing, business process automation, reporting and collaboration. Some of the major components of the solution most companies will already own, these include Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint. Our approach to the ultimate business intelligence solution is to analyse your requirements and functional specification, see what existing technologies can be used to make it more cost effective and to make use of tools that are familiar to users for self-service business intelligence and reporting.

Self-Service Business Intelligence

Whilst BI is a combination of technologies and processes for gathering, storing, analysing and accessing data that supports decision making within an organisation, the goal of self-service BI is to empower end users so they can make decisions based on their own analyses. Self-service BI gives end users the tools they need to access and analyse data contained in a larger BI solution. That way, they can design and customise their own reports and create their own views of the data. Self-service BI is not a complete BI solution, one still needs to put in the time and effort to develop data warehouses, data marts, ETL processes, cubes, dimensions and of all the other moving parts in a true BI solution. The self-service approach lets end users create personalised reports and analytical queries while freeing up IT staffers to focus on other tasks – potentially benefiting both groups.

It’s an approach to data analytics that enables business users to access and work with corporate information without the IT department’s involvement. Because self-service BI software is used by people who may not be tech-savvy, however, it is imperative that the user interface must be intuitive and easy-to-use. Ideally, the IT department should help users understand what data is available for BI uses by providing a metadata dictionary at the business layer level. This will help end users to focus on the meaning of the data in the BI system, not the technology itself.

BI consists of various components to address self-service BI, data warehousing, business process automation, reporting and collaboration. Some of the major components of the solution most companies will already own. Self-service BI is supposed to provide better, faster and more accurate data for decision makers. This new technology is changing the design and approach to implementing solutions on masses of data. If planned and implemented correctly, self-service BI will be the next step to ensure more information is available through technology. Executives will have the ability to easily access this information by guiding users through data source connections, familiar working environment to create reports, KPI’s and dashboards.