Friday, August 12, 2005

FBI Extends Use of Business-Intelligence Software

Steven Martin writes in InformationWeek:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has inked an enterprisewide licensing agreement with MicroStrategy Inc., valued at $1.6 million, to use MicroStrategy's business-intelligence software to provide access to data needed for managing day-to-day FBI operations and for investigative and intelligence activities.

The FBI last year implemented MicroStrategy's software in support of its Investigative Data Warehouse, a system that enables law-enforcement personnel to tap into multiple databases. The bureau has decided to standardize on the software for "other current and near-term projects, as well as some longer-term projects," says Gary Monroe, MicroStrategy's director of federal operations.

The Investigative Data Warehouse was developed in early 2004, a short time after the FBI concluded that its Virtual Case File system--a cornerstone of its IT modernization effort--didn't work as planned. The Virtual Case File system was ultimately scrapped and will be replaced by another information-management system called Sentinel, to be based on a services-oriented architecture and which will be developed in phases over the next four years.


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