I suspect that many intranet managers have paid little attention to business intelligence (BI) in the past, seeing it as a “Big IT” function using high-cost specialised applications to deliver ‘numbers’ to a small group of senior executives. There are a number of reasons why intranet managers should look again at possible integration points between the intranet and business intelligence applications.
Anyone using SharePoint 2010 will be aware that it offers good business intelligence functionality. It is certainly not a data warehouse or data cleansing application but does offer a presentation tier providing reports, charts, dashboards, scorecards and Key Performance Indicators that integrates well with other SharePoint applications. However both Excel Services and PerformancePoint Server, key applications in delivering BI, require an Enterprise CAL license.