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Business Intelligence Trends

For 2012
Lay-out inspired by Tableau
Market Developments
Return-On-Intelligence
10 Trends
The last few years the change in Business
Intelligence seems to accelerate under the
pressure of increased business demand and
technology innovations. Here are 10 trends to
watch in the months ahead.
What will 2012 bring?
Business is demanding more and more from their IT department. In their thirst
for extending Business Intelligence and Analytical support it is essential to
build a strong information foundation to fund future use. Key elements are
Master Data Management (like customer and product), Data Quality
improvements and robust BI platforms. This requires an highly industrialized
(efficient) approach to BI services.

Fixing the basics
The rise in volume (amount of data), velocity (speed of data ) and variety
(range of data) gives way to new architectures that no longer only collect and
store but actually use data. Performance is the key word. Look for technology
solutions like data warehouse appliances, in memory analytics, columnar
storage and smart software solutions.
Big Data gets bigger and bigger
Even though the size of data is increasing the BI user is
expecting faster answers from their BI environment. Whether
it is standards reports or navigating through to (source) data.
In memory technology (as opposed to separate disk storage)
will allow for new business usage. In order to store, process
and gain insight from Big Data, on-demand or real-time BI
architectures will replace traditional Data Warehouses.


Need for speed
Cloud or as-a-Service models are in increasing demand for both temporary as
well as permanent use. Its all about services (like reporting and analytics)
provided from a managed environments based on a (new) business model
(often pay per use). In other words: making BI (hardware, software,
intelligence) available via the internet.

Up in the cloud
Historically BI has been IT controlled data collection, integration and
distribution of historical data. However BI has evolved into being part of the
ongoing daily (operational, tactic and strategic) business processes to plan,
monitor and improve on the organizational goals. Next generation BI is
therefore by nature more agile in its development (BI lifecycle) and requires
(real- or right time) insights into (increasingly)
complex questions.


Agility is the new normal
BI once was the field of a limited number of expert users but has come a long
way since. Through the democratization of information, placing BI in the hand
of many but still as a separate process, BI now has become a part of our daily
work. With this comes the increased need to create insight on the fly instead
of through standard IT governance processes.


Do it yourself
Social media like Twitter and Facebook are no longer a hype or a trend but
part of everyday life both from a personal as well as from business
perspective. They can supply organizations with essential information about
their customers opinions. Combined with the actual customer behavior as
captured in transactional systems this proves to be a wealth of information.


Social media is hot
Just like at home, business users are expecting an engine that searches all
available data (structured and unstructured, internal and external data) to
quickly find answers. Navigating through the results to find patterns, trends
could be improved with advanced visualizations. The result is a consumerization
of enterprise BI. The corporate BI App Store is just around the corner.


Google fast, Apple easy
BI users are struggling to get faster access to more data. For this the need is to
build, maintain and organize BI solutions. IT therefore is in a unique position to
enable the BI business user. However often it seems like Business comes from
Mars and IT from Venus. Aligning both parties (for example in a BI competence
center) is a first step.




Business & IT in therapy
BI users want to access their data anytime and anywhere. This puts a demand
on both the backend of any BI solution (like data warehouse appliances) but
also on the frontend where information access and visualization must be
possible. The increased use of tablets and smartphones has already become
mainstream in many business environments
Lets go mobile
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