Information Management (IM) is a concept that is fast replacing Business Intelligence (BI). The amount of data that organizations generate on a monthly basis has become staggering. How does one go about storing, organizing and making finding that information easy?
Microsoft recognised this challenge some time back, and over the past 10 years have risen to the challenge superbly. They launched MS SharePoint, which works really well for all your BI and IM needs. SharePoint offers “out the box” functionality that deals with content management across the organization, and allows this to be presented in a neat web-based format that is easily shared amongst all employees in an organization.
This coupled with the intuitive indexing and searching functionality ensures that any references are displayed when looking for information. As an example, a Sales Manager may want to prepare for a meeting with customer “x”. The sales manager can simply log into share point and search for customer “x” on the company intranet site, hosted in SharePoint. All business documents relating to customer “x” will be displayed and the sales manager can appraise him/herself of the current status. Then, the sales manage simply pulls a Sales analysis report from his/her dashboard for customer “x” and in one simple application he/she can now have a meaningful meeting with the customer. Power lies with the businesses who can easily manage and interpret the vast amounts of data being generated on a daily basis.
Further to SharePoint, Microsoft released an extremely powerful “Self-Service” BI tool, called PowerPivot. PowerPivot is a powerful data mashup and data exploration tool based on xVelocity in-memory technologies providing unmatched analytical performance to process billions of rows at the speed of thought.
Information Management Services include;
- Microsoft SharePoint
- Microsoft PowerPivot
- Microsoft SQL
- Microsoft Business Intelligence
- Web/Portal Development