Analysts are always talking about change and what they think is to come. And in the case of one Gartner analyst who follows business intelligence developments, the future of BI will shift from information objects requested by users through browsers or GUIs to "insight objects" delivered to users based on adaptive profiles.

"The Web, wireless computing and even portals are helping move BI into its next generation," says Howard Dresner, a Gartner vice president.

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