At beginning of a new year, some of the most important BI research agencies – Forrester Research and Gartner - make a few predictions for business intelligence in 2012.
Let’s take a look at those predictions:
- Standards, a single version of the truth, and enterprise-grade platforms continue to be important, but individual BI tools will help to get things done.
- Enterprises are going to live with multiple BI tools.
- More BI will move into the hands of end users. And IT will also stop fighting spreadmart/spreadsheet wars or risk becoming irrelevant. Because the bottom line is getting things done.
- BI platforms that support “managed” end user self-service will become more popular.
- The use of mobile BI will increase because people need to make decisions wherever they are and whenever they need to be made. Doing it when you get back to the office just isn’t good enough. According to Gartner, by 2013, 33% of BI functionality will be consumed via handheld devices.
- Big data will start to move out of silos and into enterprise IT—and that means IT will have to learn how to live with it.
- Traditional BI tools and cloud services tools will intersect in some interesting ways. Cloud BI will continue to chip away at on-premises BI, but it’s still a long road ahead.
- Users will demand BI tools that are integrated with email and collaboration platforms. Just integrating BI with Excel isn’t good enough any longer. Gartner predicts that by 2013, 15% of BI deployments will combine BI, collaboration and social software into decision-making environments.
- By 2014, 40% of spending on business analytics will go to system integrators, not software vendors.
- By 2014, 30% of analytic applications will use in-memory functions to add scale and computational speed. By 2014, 30% of analytic applications will use proactive, predictive and forecasting capabilities.