BAVARIAN RESEARCH CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS
Field of work:Information Systems
Keywords Action Research, Data Collection, Environmental Scanning, External Databases, Information Requirements Determination, Information Retrieval, Management Information Systems, Internet, Natural Language, Prototyping. Abstract In order to improve decision support it is becoming increasingly important to combine internal and external management information. Frequently, external data is not available in numeric format. Hence, we have to link internal with external quantitative and qualitative data. Today, external information can be obtained quickly via the Internet. Since the quality and quantity of data from the Internet varies, it has to be edited to allow for systematic integration. All of this aggravates the problem of information overload. Therefore, we need a higher degree of automation for data collection and analysis. Within this context this paper describes the research project MINT (Management Information from the Internet). Both the resulting concept and the prototype are currently being used by the research partner SAP AG for the development of the new product SAP Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM)TM.