Business intelligence is more than just the sum of its parts. Behind the wonderful output or the customer-satisfying good or service lies a multi-tiered architecture that is able to make all those things and more happen. The technical architecture aspect of business intelligence defines the type of technology that the products and the infrastructure are grounded on. It also works to include the relational databases, ETL or extract, transform and load, as well as BI and OLAP, enterprise application interfaces (otherwise known as EAI), enterprise information interfaces or EII, different networks, operating systems and the APIs that work in the layers between and within all of them.
In this light, it can be quite tricky to confuse the technical aspect of the architecture with the types of outputs themselves. This can also come true when you have the tendency to associate the products with different types of technologies. Which is why it is of great importance that you keep in mind the fact that certain products may incorporate different types of technologies especially in relation to vendors that extend their product lines and support what one may deem an alphabet soup rundown of technologies. Keep in mind that in the business architecture, it is important to resist the urge to give the products a thorough assessment in the earlier stages of the system. Find out first what your data or your information needs are, then choose the appropriate technology that can support such needs, and from there work your way through the system.
In today s fast-paced business industry, only the companies that are able to manage their information in a more effective way will succeed or at the very least, leave their competitors in the dust. These companies will have a penchant for spotting trends quicker, coming up with a more accurate prediction of risks and managing their inventory in a more flawless manner. These companies are the ones that have a more solid and well-established business intelligence centers. Only a well-established business intelligence center can provide the best and most advanced facilities in the world of technology. Their facilities stand out from the rest because of the wide variety of options and sound solutions they can choose from solutions that actually work to allow many organizations to run a trial of their business intelligence concepts in order to come up with a more successful outcome.
A business intelligence center can provide an environment that is low risk and can easily be controlled in order to demonstrate the true value and effectiveness of the entire system. Such a center will have a host of resources at the disposal of the company, such as: leveraged best practices as well as tried and tested business intelligence solutions (that also includes a wide understanding of product functionality as well as integration and compatibility), the ability to assess key functions and performances that are relative to the different companies in the same industry it belongs to (including the different benchmarks set by the entire industry in general).