International Journal of Computational Intelligence and Information Security, August 2011 Vol. 2, No. 8
Relevant information is extracted from multiple sources of data such as text documents, e-mails, images,sounds, reports, tables, charts, web pages, etc. Thus all information available on the server of a businessbecomes a source of data mining.
This involves integrating and summarizing information, validating models and predicting sales and demandtrends.
It involves filtering out irrelevant information and organizing it in context of the current business.
It consists of identifying the most suitable alternative for decision making as per the varying situations, timingsand perceived risks.
It provides regular updates on business environment, market and events, which helps in the objective assessmentof various decision alternatives.While developing a BI solution, various queries are raised and accordingly several alternatives are consideredfor taking appropriate decision. These queries are mainly related to business area of the client firm;  
Goal Alignment queries
: What strategic goal of the organization will the BI tools address?
: Does the organization have the capability of collecting, storing, monitoring and measuringimportant sources of information and data?
Cost and risk queries
: What would be the financial consequences of a new BI initiative compared to presentcosts?
Customer and Stakeholder queries
: Who will benefit from the initiative and who will pay? What kinds of customers will benefit directly from this initiative?
What metrics to use for each piece of information being gathered?
Measurement Methodology-related queries
: What methodology should be used for determining the best oran acceptable way of measuring the required metrics?
: Who should monitor the BI program to ensure that objectives are being met?