1.Secure...yet available from anywhere: The solution should be built from the security framework up.
Your data is your greatest asset. As such, the number one mission-critical factor to consider when evaluating a business intelligence solution is its security framework. Does it provide several layers of role-based access management protocols? Does it integrate with windows Active Directory to allow you to immediately terminate access at the time an employee leaves your organization? Does it restrict report parameters, encrypt the report output, require authentication prior to report access and apply an expiration date?
A business intelligence solution worthy of investment will be both flexible enough to allow authorized individuals to access it from anywhere and 100% tamper, reverse engineering and intrusion proof. It will include a comprehensive audit system that tracks every user action and keeps records of every system action.
2. Pure...your data has the highest integrity: The solution must ensure data integrity and compliance.
Equally important and a key component of your data’s security is its integrity and compliance to industry standards. One minor user error, inability to manager access and/or missed regulation and you can easily end up paying the cost on multiple levels.
With this in mind, your business intelligence solution must be highly configurable to fit your business compliance standards such as HIPAA, FERPA and SOX as well as the compliance needs of your infrastructure. Find out if the solution has the ability to archive report data with the exact run time it is generated by the system, user or administrator. Investigate its disaster recovery options to ensure the system will recover from major failures and data loss. Last, but not least, request a detailed analysis of the solutions scalability functions to determine its ability to accommodate your organization’s traffic and load balancing needs.
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