- Flat Panel Display Televisions
- Mobile Enterprise E-Mail
- Business Intelligence Software
- Satellite Radio
OK, these predictions may seem about as wild as me guessing my son's college will be expensive next year, but since Pip mentions BI, let's hear him out.
Pip writes that BI software "is an antidote for complexity - the greatest curse in the enterprise." While the idea of getting to all of your enterprise data sounds great, Pip says that the high "total perceived pain of adoption," or TPPA, prevents companies from really doing BI. Pip continues:
"Very few of the people who want what business intelligence software provides have ever interfaced with a database for more than a short period and, therefore, have little clue as to how powerful these tools can be. But the culture will steadily shift and education about the power of the tool will expand steadily over the next decade at which point many CEOs will carry a pocket device they can use to query databases all over the world in an integrated, near real-time fashion. The migration from here to there will be powerful. Vendors that make business intelligence simple to the end user will dominate those focused on additional features."
That is all fine and good as long as the future CEO does not try to use his iPodWorldQuery device while strapped into a personal jet pack. Always practice safe flying; just mind-link back to the home robot and let Rosie take care of the BI.
But seriously, Pip does have a good point. Ms. CEO wants to be able to get accurate information right now, presented in a way that is useful for her to make important decisions. She doesn't care where that data resides or in what arcane format it is. She is not going to write some SQL query in her spreadsheet macro to get that information. Instead, she needs to tell the user interface what she wants and let it figure out the howz-its and whatz-its.
We are still waiting for this super user interface that can handle BI requests.