Developing BI Portals
BI portals provide not only a single end-user window to BI applications
and reports, but also a robut BI application development foundation.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server has traditionally been viewed
as a collaboration application but has now evolved into a full development
platform that streamlines business processes.
Organizations are using SharePoint to develop mission-critical
applications for both intranets and extranets.
The Office 2007 environment has had a big impact on the SharePoint
environment, with unified communications being used to support both
process management and BI.
SharePoint acts as a repository for project information, provides
visibility into current activity and a window for management to
Tools that automate business processes for day-to-day tasks like
purchase, policy and document approval are using SharePoint as the
underlying platform. With its policy management capability, SharePoint
can function for all the different parties involved in the process:
One group creates the policy, another group reviews it and adds
their comments, another party will revise it and then it's passed
on for final approval and published out to the organization.
Using SharePoint for business intelligence is only just emerging,
however it is proving an ideal presentation tier for business intelligence
data. Sharepoints ‘Web parts’ provide components that
collect information and customize the look and feel of Web pages.
These can be used to build functions such as alert management and
calendaring into SharePoint.
Web parts can also aggregate the information and build them out
Backup and disaster recovery ensure data entering SharePoint is
protected. There are also opportunities for centralized administration
and content replication. Organisations are only just starting to
realise the full potential of Sharepoint as a rapid development
environment, moving away from lengthy, expensive conventional enterprise
5 Emerging Uses For SharePoint
- Business intelligence
- Project/process management
- Content migration
- Social networking and Web parts
- Automated business process management
Sharepoint is proving a valued asset towards operational BI.
Back To Top
Clear About BI With This Comprehensive Guide To BI Strategy, Program &
BI Solution Index | Market
| Gartner Eval. |
Comparisons | BI
On Demand | BusinessObjects | Cognos
8 BI | IBM | Information
Builders | MS PerformancePoint
| MS Sharepoint | Microstrategy
| Oracle BI | SAP
BI | SAS |
Teradata | BI Virtual Appliances
| BI Vendor Updates | 2008