The Information Management Processes

In order for you to be able to harvest the information embedded in your data, you need to:
Only by working with these issues, raw business data (eg invoice lines) are refined and distilled into good quality information. The information must then be made readily available for decision makers, analyst and many other business people - typically in the form of a Data Warehouse. The Data Warehouse is a key asset of any company today.
Doing analysis and reporting using Business Intelligence environments on top of a Data Warehouse the Business gets the opportunity to collect essential knowledge about customers, products, processes, competitors and much more. The same goes for documents, emails etc. The sum of all this, of course, enables the business people to react proactively and effeciently to challenges and opportunities.
The end result is a business, which knows where it is and where it is going - and can answer the question: Why? (The most difficult of them all). This is why Business Intelligence is Business Development, not IT!

The Information Landscape

All of the above is founded on a family of solutions (Enterprise Information Management, EIM), which are laid out in this diagram:

(Click on the diagram to get explanations of the different solutions).