January 30, 2009, Newsletter Issue #90: Integrated BI Software And Data Access

Tip of the Week

One business intelligence vendor has characterized data access as potentially fragmented when viewed in a systems context. This is especially evident when tracking transactions across many functional business areas. The vendor goes on to point out that their system, Cognos 8, offers a powerful array of access hooks that may be useful to potential buyers of BI reporting software. They are:

ETL Extract, Transform, Load Integrates data from multiple sources to a common repository location.

EII Enterprise Information Integration connects to multiple disparate data sources in near real-time.

Direct Access If your organization has some rudimentary level of BI with some tools in place, this capability can provide seamless access.

Common Metadata Structures data regardless of source and format into a common foundation using rules, calculation, and filter technologies.

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