Prepare for the Combination of BI and Search

Want a single interface to all information in the enterprise? That's what 83 percent of survey respondents said they want from the combination of business intelligence and search, but better access alone won't justify an investment. Customer information integration and specific revenue-enhancing goals should be a cornerstone of your plans. Here are eight steps every organization should take before jumping on the BI-search combination bandwagon.

Making Final Choice

Many organizations have come to realize that the best technology is the one that integrates with legacy technologies and that enhances existing investments. Consider BI and search technology not just in terms of usability and performance but also in terms of integration with current systems. Assess BI-related products not only on their ability to rapidly query internal reports, queries and metrics, but also on their ability to integrate semi-structured and unstructured data. Look not just at the current version of the product but also at features expected in the next release and the vendor's roadmap for supporting advanced requirements in the future. In addition, investigate whether third-party search partners have added value to the BI system. Speak with early adopters to elicit lessons learned and best practices. Seek independent input and advice to be sure that you have considered all potential scenarios and have chosen the best solution for your needs.

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