Enterprise Business Intelligence Architecture

Today, business intelligence success means considering the information architecture, the mobile user, incorporating collaborative features into the data access and enabling a climate of “self-serve” unabated access for the user to the data.


When it comes to implementing mobile business intelligence, it will be more than a shrunken web- or desktop-based screen. Screen renderings will need to be delivered that make the best use of the space in a drill-down mentality. It should all provide functionality for all of the multi-touch gestures that Apple and their ilk have got us used to over trial and error.

You can mobilize your existing reports. You can mobilize your dashboards. BI on mobile devices may be easier to integrate into your work processes then you may think. Many business intelligence applications are being built exclusively for a mobile user today.



“Self-service business intelligence” puts some discipline to the idea of user empowerment. By definition, it’s almost not analysis if IT personnel are heavily involved in data access.

At McKnight, we have a model for sharing business intelligence responsibilities that enables self-service business intelligence (and self-service business analytics – click here for a white paper).



Collaborative BI is the combination of Collaborative Interaction, Information Enhancement and Collaborative Decision Making. It is collecting and memorializing the communication over data that would naturally occur otherwise. It facilitates that communication and accelerates it.

Communication enhances the value of the information assets we bring to the enterprise. Collaborative business intelligence, combined with a great data foundation, makes the very most of the limited analysis window of the user. Collaborative features should be considered essential in any business intelligence rollout accessing our information management stores.



Explore our Business Intelligence practices:

Business Intelligence Action Plan
Business Intelligence Tool Selection
Business Intelligence Program Development.

We have built our business on delivering business intelligence and analytical solutions, staying leading-edge and forming best practices. We view business intelligence not as a silo, but as the complete process of sourcing, modeling, transformation, storing, reporting, visualizing and analyzing critical business information.

We also have clear strategies for how your organization can set up and deliver on a business case for business intelligence.