Microsoft has released an article Getting started with Business Intelligence in SharePoint Server 2010 which discusses the business intelligence tools available in SharePoint Server 2010.
Business Intelligence is the delivery of accurate, useful information to the appropriate decision makers within the necessary timeframe to support effective decision making. Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 and 2008 R2 provides a storage and management foundation for business data, and a set of reporting and analysis tools.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides controlled access to, and analysis of, business data, and the ability to leverage data to make better business decisions.
The business intelligence tools you use depend on the specific problems you are trying to solve. Your daily business activities have associated information and insights that emerge in three main areas of business intelligence: personal, team, and organizational. There will be overlap across these areas.
Areas of business intelligence:
– Self-service & personal BI: is information available or delivered to people when they need it and in the desired format.
– Community BI: People don’t work just as individuals but in groups and teams to complete projects.
– Organizational BI: describes a set of tools that help people align their objectives and activities with overall company goals, objectives, and metrics.