As I promised in my last year “BI Crystal Ball” blog, business intelligence will look very different in the near future. Indeed most of the 20 next generation BI trends that I list in this blog are actually here today! And, as my colleague Alex Cullen wrote in his recent research document on 15 Technologies That Matter (where of course BI is front and center), these are the technologies that indeed matter. I picked these 20 trends not because the market labels them as trendy, but because I have tons of evidence that the buy side of the BI market can use these technologies today. These technologies can address the real pain points, gaps and challenges that most knowledge workers are faced with today.
So what has really changed? The “what-has-to-be-done” of BI has not changed, and will probably not change in the foreseeable future. One would still need to discover, ingest, persist, measure, analyze, report, deliver and act on information. The real trick is “how-it-will-be-done”. I categorize all major next gen BI trends under 4 categories: Automation, Unification, Pervasiveness and No Borders/No Limitations. Here’s my take on what they are:
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