To further understand Business Intelligence and what it can do for any particular organization, we must first also identify to term data integration. Data integration is a series of events which happen at the same occurrence. It is the movement of data from one place to another without the loss of a single character, which would change its meaning.
This process is also known as ETL – Extract, Transform, and Load. This process is used to integrate data from disparate system into a singular data source, such as data warehousing, which is optimized for Business Intelligence.
So what does this all mean?
It means that a single source for all data would be in a read-only format – it is data that has not been touch by any human being; it reflects data which is generated by an all source system.
This is the reason why organizations should protect their data fiercely.
Data is not something that you own; it is your organization’s identity and the roadmap of where your organization will go next.
If you ask the right questions using Business Intelligence, data integration can unlock the secrets of an organization and allow it to see success and avoid failure.
In our next “Why Should I Care About Business Intelligence” series, we will discuss about Key Performance Indicators, and how you can measure the success of an organization based upon this metric.