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Welcome to my blog on the UK Business Intelligence Network. I hope to help you stay in touch with hot topics and reality on the ground in the UK and European business intelligence markets and to provide content, opinion and expertise on business intelligence (BI) and its related technologies. I also would relish it if you too can share your own valuable experiences. Let's hear what's going on in BI in the UK.

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Mike Ferguson is Managing Director of Intelligent Business Strategies Limited, a leading information technology analyst and consulting company. As lead analyst and consultant, he specializes in enterprise business intelligence, enterprise business integration, and enterprise portals. He can be contacted at +44 1625 520700 or via e-mail at

Following on from my last blog on data federation, the next data federation pattern I would like to discuss is a On-Demand Information Services Pattern. This is as follows:


Pattern Description

This pattern uses data virtualization to provide on-demand integrated data to applications, reporting tools, processes and portals via a web services user interface. Structured and semi-structured data sources are supported including RDBMS, any web service (internal or external), web syndication feeds, flat files, XML, packaged applications and non-relational databases.


Pattern Diagram



Pattern Example Use Case

A company needs to different kinds of information services targeted at different role-based user communities for access via their enterprise portal.  These services include:


·         Internal operational and analytical information services

·         Information services that integrate structured and semi-structured information including internal and external syndicated web feeds

·         Information as a Service (IaaS) services that  render information in various XML formats (e.g. XBRL) for consumption by external users and applications


Reasons For Using It

Rapid development of re-usable information services for consumption by portals, composite applications, processes and reporting tools.


Posted December 18, 2009 3:34 AM
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