Business intelligence is a term commonly associated with data warehousing. In fact, many of the tool vendors position their products as business intelligence software rather than data warehousing software. There are other occasions where the two terms are used interchangeably. So, exactly what is business intelligence?
Business intelligence usually refers to the information that is available for the enterprise to make decisions on. A data warehousing (or data mart) system is the backend, or the infrastructural, component for achieving business intelligence. Business intelligence also includes the insight gained from doing data mining analysis, as well as unstructured data (thus the need for content management systems). For our purposes here, we will discuss business intelligence in the context of using a data warehouse infrastructure.
This section includes the following:
Business intelligence tools: Tools commonly used for business intelligence.
Business intelligence uses: Different forms of business intelligence.
Business intelligence news: News in the business intelligence area.