Getting the Bigger Picture: Dealing with Unstructured Data

Monday Sep 13th 2004 by Staff

Most of your data resides outside of analysis-friendly databases. A little understanding of unstructured data, and the tools to tame it, goes a long way in filling that business intelligence blind spot.


Companies have never suffered from a lack of data. They have warehouses of file boxes and terabytes of storage. What is missing is actionable intelligence that they can use to improve business results. Using data mining tools helps to convert database stores into business intelligence.

But that only gives part of the picture since 85 percent of an organization's knowledge isn't in databases. To get at the rest, a new generation of text mining tools allows companies to discover relationships and summarize information from large stores of previously unanalyzed data.

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