Portal:Business Intelligence/Introduction

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Business intelligence (BI) is a set of theories, methodologies, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information[1]. 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 and visualising 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.
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_intelligence