12.1. Business Intelligence Overview

What is business intelligence? The simplest answer is that business intelligence is a collection of SharePoint 2007 utilities and services designed to organize and present business-critical data to corporate managers, decision makers, and other key individuals and groups within the company. Even more simply put, it's the ability to have the right data presented in the right way to the right people at the right time.

Yes, that sounds like a slogan or an ad of some kind, but it succinctly describes the basic function and purpose of BI. Think of BI as a collection of information streams covering every relevant type of data that could impact critical decision making in your company. If those information streams ...

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