Business intelligence (BI) is a set of theories, methodologies, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information
. While operational systems - such as IMSMANG
and many others - are designed and optimised for data entry and updates, a BI system is read-only and designed for analysing
data. The overall objective is to inform the decision making process, thus allow for evidence-based decision making. An important criterion of the underlying data is its quality
- meaningful analysis can only be achieved if the input data is accurate, complete, and of known quality.
The Mine Action INTelligence Tool (MINT -- the name is a reference to Business Intelligence) has been introduced to facilitate the reporting process, and allow for analysis and visualisation of mine action data from IMSMANG and/or other sources. It is a tool and service provided by the GICHD to the wider mine action community.
Use cases for MINT include:
- Creating digital dashboards to convey key information to specific audiences
- Tracking indicators and progress
- Creating interactive reports
- Scheduling reports and sending notifications -- for example, send a specific report as a PDF attachment by email every Monday at 08:00 to the operations manager
- Performing ad-hoc data analyses by dragging and dropping fields from predefined data sources
More details are available on the main MINT page.
From raw data to information
What steps are concretely required in order to get information out of raw data?
From within the IMSMANG application it is possible to export search results to Excel or using iReport templates with charts.
When the built in reporting functions in IMSMANG are not covering your needs then we recommend using the Staging Area. The Staging Area is a "flat" stand-alone version of the IMSMA database especially suitable for reporting/statistics/GIS. The Staging Area database is generated by using the Staging Area Generator (SAG) application.
The Staging Area data is directly and easily accessible for MINT or any other reporting and analysis tool, such as Tableau and Excel.
If not all data that you would like to use is not from IMSMA e.g. in another database or in spreadsheets, MINT (and other tools) can also connect to it - contact your GICHD IM focal point.
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_intelligence