Real-time analytics is becoming a reality in many businesses, according to the December 2002 Database Development Survey, released by Evans Data Corp. Just under half, 48 percent, of all companies provide real-time data feeds to decision-makers, and nearly a third of respondents update their analytic databases hourly.

The study, which surveys a group of more than 600 database developers, is conducted every six months. The survey says the majority of real-time analytics tools are applied to access business performance data, with the second highest implementations focusing on financial analysis. CRM-related analysis is the third most frequent use of analytics, according to the survey.

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