In an ever more dynamic and fast-paced business environment, today’s intelligence requirements are changing dramatically. Decision-makers need to capture and make sense of massive amounts of data generated by an increasingly diverse array of sources ranging from email servers to smart phones. They also need to act on information quickly – within hours or even minutes. In this swiftly moving information ecosystem, the large-scale database and business intelligence projects of yesterday are proving too costly, too complicated and too slow to keep up.

Faster, cheaper and simpler is the new analytics paradigm, and approaches that take advantage of the cost savings and flexibility enabled by open source are moving to center stage. Here’s how I see the analytics and BI landscape evolving in 2010 and beyond, and what businesses should consider as they prepare for open source.

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