What is BI? Business Intelligence is the process of extracting
insight from a sea of data. For several decades, companies have
been collecting large masses of information about their clients,
their products, and their processes. From this vast ocean of data,
BI extracts the information the business needs to proactively seize
opportunities early, prevent problems from escalating out of
control, and guide processes to align with strategic and tactical
business objectives. The tools in the Microsoft BI Stack are used
to accomplish these goals.
In this whitepaper, we will take a look at:
• What business or technical problem each tool addresses
• Who is expected to be using the tool
• Some of the major features of the tool
• What the tool creates
This paper is intended as an introduction to the Microsoft BI
Stack. The stack is made up of several tools; they have some
overlapping functionality, and the terminology can be confusing.
Our objective is to clearly identify what each tool does best, who
uses it, how much training they need to succeed, and how all the
tools play together. We do not intend to show how to use the tools,
and those charged with implementation, whilst needing familiarity
with our content, will have to dive deeper elsewhere.