BI Trends For 2011 – What To Expect & What Not To

What a year 2010 was !! Business Intelligence was the toast of the town, proof of which could be assessed with the number of acquisitions and consolidations that had occurred in the market place.  Now with 2010 passing by and 2011 just knocking our doors, I felt that the current topic would be an apt one to sign off this year’s last blog post.

What To Expect

  • Increase in BI adoption thereby increase in the number of BI users
  • Preference for a single BI vendor platform for better support and bang on buck
  • Greater support for mobile BI and native BI data presentation for smart phones
  • Increased usage of in-built analytics or packaged analytic solutions
  • In-memory BI applications finding their foothold through departmental BI
  • On-demand BI to service the SME segment via SaaS model
  • New versions from most of the tool vendors essentially necessitated due to the latest mergers and acquisitions
  • Big data solutions like Hadoop being looked at as an alternative to EDWs
  • Aggressive push from appliance providers like Neteeza, Exadata etc.
  • Social analytics – Ability to aggregate trends, hash tags, discussions from social media into native BI applications
  • Excel continues to rule
  • Master Data Management (MDM) would surge forward with increased executive sponsorship

What Not to Expect

  • BI on cloud – Can the hype sustain and deliver?
  • Key innovations from the big tool vendors
  • IT holding the key to BI & DWH initiatives
  • Decrease in IT spending on BI initiatives

Pundits are already in town with their predictions and I am sure that you too would have few of your own.  Feel free to share them.

Wishing you all a wonderful and prosperous 2011 !!

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    • I think it is more to do with Excel’s ease of use and affinity to the business community. Since BI is more business focussed, no doubt, key BI tool vendors make sure that there exists an Excel connectivity to their outputs especially. There are few BI tools that even allow manipulation of the cube data by using Excel as a front too. Last but not the least is the kind of ground presence Excel has vis-a-vis a pure play BI tool. With version 2010, Microsoft has enhanced it to a greater extent and there are specialized offerings such as Pivotviewer which runs on top of it and also provides good visualization features.


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