Vision and Goals
The vision of this network is to investigate technological issues that will lead to the development of the next generation of BI tools.
Our goals are:
- To develop novel technologies for facilitating business decision-making;
- To develop novel technologies for creating and managing integrated, trustworthy and up-to-date data;
- To strengthen the innovation pipeline of our industry partners;
- To raise the visibility and impact of the Canadian information management research community on the practice of business intelligence.
In pursuit of these goals, our network will focus on the:
- Development of an end-user-oriented business-level modeling framework where non-technical business users will be able to understand, use and evolve business schemas;
- Development of new solutions for specifying and discovering mappings between business and data schemas, and for translating business schema policies to conceptual schema constraints;
- Development of new, adaptive solutions for business-model-driven data integration;
- Development of techniques for extracting and using structured information from a wide range of document types;
- Development of tools and technology that allow unstructured data to be used seamlessly in support of decision making; and
- Development of adaptive and flexible languages and computational solutions for specifying and verifying data quality constraints and data solutions.
We anticipate significant benefits as a result of our work.
- For the academic sector:
- increased coordination and collaboration in providing training opportunities for graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows;
- increased visibility of Canadian research excellence in BI.
- For private-sector developers of BI solutions:
- increased availability of highly-trained BI personnel for fast growth;
- faster market adoption of research innovations;
- reduced time to market for new products;
- enhanced productivity and effectiveness of BI providers.
- For users of BI solutions:
- the evolution of BI technologies into user-centered technologies that are accessible directly by a broad segment of business workers without the intervention of technically-trained personnel;
- an increase in penetration of BI technologies within user organizations;
- lower cost of ownership for BI solutions, as business workers find that they can change business schemas and BI queries on their own, rather than through intermediaries;
- increased availability of HQP trained in using BI solutions.