Thursday, November 17, 2011

Boris Evelson Predicts BI Future

Well-known Business Intelligence industry analyst Boris Evelson documented his Top 10 predictions for the 2012 BI market. You can read them on his blog.

Boris foresees a continuing trend of end users being able to serve themselves with better BI applications. To meet these needs, software vendors and IT groups must continue to innovate and provide what is needed for self-service BI.

Boris mentions innovations that you would expect, such as mobile BI, big data, BI-specific databases, and the cloud.

I found "Exploration" on his list to be interesting. That must mean "whatever you want to do" type of interaction with the data, going well beyond slicing and dicing a predefined cube structure or painting an ad-hoc report from a simplified data view. Boris seems to be pointing to "limitless BI" data discovery.

I also like Boris' comment about how enterprise standardization on a particular BI product or technology stack is not taking place. Instead, Boris says:
"Enterprises will learn to live with multiple BI tools. Forrester client inquiries about how to live with multiple BI tools far exceed inquiries about platform consolidations."  

As always, Boris makes good points.

1 comment:

Restaurant Software said...

Business intelligence (BI) applications to "just get it done" are turning typical BI relationships, such as business/IT alignment and the roles that traditional and next-generation BI technologies play, upside down. As business users demand more control over BI applications, IT is losing its once-exclusive control over BI platforms, tools, and applications.
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