Business intelligence basics (SharePoint Server 2010)


Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise

Business intelligence applications and tools enable you to organize your vision of organizational goals, processes, and performance requirements in a useful manner, and to present that data as meaningful information.

Business intelligence planning is a key part of any deployment of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Start by identifying the business needs of your organization, and then determine the features of SharePoint Server that can help you collect, present, and act on data in your organization.

Plan your business intelligence needs:   Consider the business processes and business data applications frequently used by your organization. What are your organizational goals? What processes and performance requirements do you want to measure and analyze? Plan the scenarios and determine the scope of the business intelligence analysis that your organization is considering.

Plan for business intelligence:   Your data may exist in many forms and reside in different locations. Plan which data sources are needed for your core business intelligence and which analysis tools best meet your needs.

See Also


Choose the right business intelligence technology to suit your style (white paper)
Architecture for business intelligence in SharePoint Server 2010
Secure Store for Business Intelligence service applications (SharePoint Server 2010)
Documentation for SSRS reports in SharePoint (overview)
Overview of PowerPivot documentation (SharePoint Server 2010)
Data warehousing, OLAP, and Analysis Services for SharePoint 2010