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Cortana Intelligence – Overview of Information Management in Cortana Intelligence Suite

In the previous article, we saw an Overview of Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite, what are the pillars of Cortana Intelligence Suite, and what business problems this suite can solve. In this article, we will look at the first pillar of Cortana Intelligence Suite – Information Management.

Information Management is the Data Ingestion step in the process of Transforming Data into Intelligent Actions. This step is similar to the Data Ingestion step in a typical Data Warehouse and BI Architecture.

Information Management is comprised of the following three Azure offerings:

  • Azure Event Hubs
  • Azure Data Factory
  • Azure Data Catalog

In this article, we will look at an overview of each of the above three azure offerings.

To continue reading, catch the full article here: Overview of Information Management in Cortana Intelligence Suite.

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Cortana Intelligence – Introduction to Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite

Cortana Intelligence (Formerly known as “Cortana Analytics”) has been gaining popularity in the past few months and more and more organizations are adopting this offering from Microsoft.

Cortana Intelligence is a suite of fully managed Business Intelligence (BI), Big Data, and Advanced Analytics service offerings from Microsoft in the Azure Cloud. In this article, let’s look at the following aspects of Cortana Intelligence Suite:

  • Overview of Cortana Intelligence Suite
  • How it is related to Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Architecture of Cortana Intelligence Suite
  • Cortana Intelligence Suite Highlights
  • Typical Use Cases of Cortana Intelligence Suite

To continue reading, catch the full article here: Introduction to Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite.

BI Basics – Why do we need Business Intelligence

In the previous post, we learnt What is Business Intelligence (BI). In this post, I will explain the need for a BI system.

Why do we need BI?

This is a very important question that needs to be addressed before one can work towards building a BI Solution. In fact, this is the first question that any management guy would ask the Engineering Team before funding any new project. Let’s try to address this question in simple terms.

A BI system helps businesses analyze the past, understand the present, and predict the future. It helps answer few important questions about Past, Present, and Future of Business. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the important questions that a BI System can answer about Past, Present, and Future.

Why BI - Past-Present-Future

A BI System helps businesses at every stage of a Business Process. A typical business process involves few common phases – Planning, Execution, Measurement, Evaluation, and Improvement as shown below.

BI Basics - Backbone of BI

This cycle of Planning, Execution, Measurement, Evaluation, and Improvement repeats and with every cycle, businesses Improve, Grow, and Mature. A BI system helps businesses during each of these phases and acts as a Backbone of a Typical Business Process.

Hope this post helps in understanding the need for a BI System. Until next time, happy learning!