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SharePoint-BI integration: business intelligence data for everyone
This article is part of the SharePoint Insider issue of June 2011
One of the big selling points of today’s business intelligence (BI) tools is that they enable mere end users – as opposed to super-smart IT analysts – to access reams of business data and make more informed decisions. Putting the right information into the hands of business decision makers can influence, and improve, everything from purchasing decisions (“Should we be stocking more black backpacks or blue ones?”) to corporate strategizing (“Should we open a new chain of stores in China?”). Typically, information is delivered to those decision makers via customized BI dashboards, scorecards and reports, most often presented through a dedicated BI application or Web portal. That likely will continue to be the case for some time to come, but we’re starting to get other options. Specifically, for a BI system based on SQL Server, you can integrate a great deal of information right into SharePoint 2010, putting BI data front and center in your organization. Learn more about SharePoint BI Get tips for training people on SharePoint 2010...
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Integrating the collaboration platform SharePoint 2010 with SQL Server has gotten much easier and can open up business intelligence data to more end users across the enterprise.
Effective SharePoint 2010 training requires empowering employees to use the new collaboration tool and finding departments that are ripe for adoption, according to consultants.
SharePoint 2010 collaboration environments formed with SQL Server systems are ripe for server virtualization, but support and configuration issues can trip up the unwary.