Pervasive BI - The Next Step In Business Intelligence
The information supply chain is composed of three major subsystems
- Data integration services
- Decision repositories
- Decision services
Data in raw form from operational systems, is transformed into
a common format for central storage and access, then packaged and
distributed to the business user.
Each part of the system is reliant on the other subsystems for
overall Quality of Service [QoS]. Yet very few BI infrastructures
have implemented service level agreements (SLAs) as part of the
Business users expect near-real-time performance of the BI capability
24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
Pervasive BI takes traditional BI this extra step towards provision
and support of a high quality management service.
- Existing ETL tools > Data integration servers.
- Existing data warehouses are activated.
- Existing BI platforms > Decision services.
Pervasive BI does always mean immediate additional costs. What
is required, is end-to-end mission-critical availability. And that
means SLAs that clarify usage goals and protection mechanisms for
The gap is already showing between those organisations that make
intelligent use of their BI systems, and those whom have yet to
embrace the value of BI capability.
The next gap up the ladder towards excellence in corporate performance
is between traditional BI and pervasive BI. It signifies that no
longer does the organisation view BI as an add-on nice to have capability,
instead seeing it as mission critical to the success of the company.
A recent survey conducted by IDC and sponsored by Teradata illustrates
how some businesses have escalated themselves to status as market
leaders through excellence
in the use of BI.
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