Each year, we reflect upon the business intelligence and enterprise information management industry and provide a review of the noteworthy trends that we encounter in the field. Our review emanates from five sources: our customers, industry conferences, articles, social media, and software vendors. This year has proved to be an interesting one, on many fronts. Here are our observations for 2013 and predicted trends for the remainder of 2014.

Note: For purposes of this article, we have adopted the broader definition of “BI” which includes both data preparation (data integration, data quality, data warehousing, master data management, text and content analytics) and data usage (reporting, analytics, dashboards). This is in line with Howard Dresner’s umbrella definition of “BI” as "concepts and methods to improve business decision-making by using fact-based support systems."

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