"Business intelligence (BI) for the masses" is rarely achieved within organizations. Companies are working toward a goal of creating and deploying a BI solution to every decision- maker within the organization. However, the current infrastructure within most organizations involves departmental solutions implemented to help solve business and performance issues or to report on specific information based on departmental requirements. They rarely provide a 360-degree view of the organization. How do organizations move to a BI framework that enables end users across the organization to access the information they need to make informed decisions?
Generally, BI solutions grow out of a need to solve a business issue. As BI matures within the organization and the industry evolves, new technologies are becoming an essential aspect of overall solutions. These include the convergence of BI and search, mobile computing and centralized portal-based deployment. The common element is the increase of BI use within the organization. BI search enables any end user to search text strings to identify reports, OLAP cubes, etc. within a user-friendly environment, enabling organizations to move beyond the concept that BI only serves the requirements of super users. Mobile BI allows reports and graphs to be delivered to BlackBerries and other handheld portable devices; portal-based deployments offer centralized access point to BI solutions. On their own, none of these areas create BI for the masses, but used with the right data, they provide the backbone for an organization's overall BI solution.
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