Structuring the Haystack: Business Intelligence and Enterprise Search Solutions

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Executive Summary

A researcher at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) recently estimated that 80 percent of the information available in an average enterprise is unstructured and unavailable from any standard database management system. Sort of, but it can be better than that. Think about the results one normally gets back from a search engine: pages of unrelated results. It would be nice if they were categorized according to people they were related to, the cost of the goods discussed, or any other way that one, as an end user, wanted them to be categorized. Better still, they could merge together into something that looks like a report, or a slice-and-dice dashboard to help with further analysis.

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