When it comes to analytics, 2018 will be the year of “work smarter, not harder.”

Today, organizations are struggling to effectively analyze their data. Data resides in multiple systems, making it difficult to answer crucial business questions. In 2018, we’ll see more data-minded executives place a high priority on analytics projects.

This investment will enable users to have easy access to the data that they need, when they need it, and the ability to consume it in the format they are familiar with. This focus will enable business leaders to gain powerful insights into their organization to make smarter decisions.

Here are four trends that data-driven companies, and those who use technology to improve the way they work, will capitalize on in the coming year.

Self-Service Analytics Takes a Front Seat

Self-service analytics is taking a front seat, as more organizations realize the power of putting data in the hands of business users to make better and smarter decisions. In 2018, we’ll see business users actually become data-driven as more self-service technologies are directly integrated into their business applications.

Dumping the Data Silos

In 2018, we’ll see more and more organizations leaning on technology platforms that provide a comprehensive view of their data for richer insights and greater business agility. Companies will increasingly eliminate disparate technologies that contribute to siloed data in order to fully harness the potential of their data.

The Future of Work Will Be Intelligent

AI is moving deeper into the enterprise to impact how work is done. In fact, according to a recent Gartner survey, one out of four companies have already deployed AI or are making short-term plans to do so—up 10 percent from 2015. The best way for enterprises to prepare for the future today, is by investing in AI-infused business applications and platform building blocks that are designed from the ground up to be AI focused.

A Cloud for All

Public or private – what’s best for your business? The battle rages on, but the answer is: both. Choice is key, and in 2018, companies need to consider their long-term path to determine which platform offers the gains most important to them.