Slideshow Enterprise Information Management in 2013: 7 Top Predictions

  • December 31 2012, 8:49am EST
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Here are seven emerging areas of EIM that are anticipated to make big waves in 2013.

Analytics Given More Competitive Importance

High on the International Institute for Analytics’ predictions for 2013 is the expansion of analytics from newly aggregated data as a competitive differentiator. Especially in customer-facing industries, IIA expects far more personalization of product-driven analytics in the year ahead. In addition, IIA and its president, Tom Davenport, expect a slew of buyouts, mergers and die-offs in the big data startup space.

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Business Suites in the Cloud

Across its view of the changing “boundary-free enterprise,” Saugatuck analyst Mike West blogged that he sees a big step by enterprises in 2013 toward “loosely-coupled” business suites in the cloud. West wrote: “The center of Cloud solution buyer demand will continue to shift toward functional suites over best-of-breed solutions, especially with the increasing focus on core systems of record – but yesteryear’s single-vendor, monolithic architectures is a thing of the past.”

BI to Double by 2013?

Nucleus Research raised some eyebrows with its prediction of the “watershed” year for business intelligence in 2013. Nucleus Principal Analyst Hyoun Park said the rationale rests in the maturity of analytic systems as well as as-a-service-based options. More than that, Park said the C-suite is finding that “nearly all business decisions can be data-based.”

Application Development Carried by RDBMS, Integration

Although the market for application development and deployment software may only carry single-digit growth for the next few years, it shows some particular bright spots in the adoption of relational database management systems and integration implementations, according to IDC. More generally, applications development spending will fall in line with hyped up promises of connections to enterprise mobility, social networks, big data analytics and cloud computing, the research firm stated.

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A Mission-Critical Edge to Big Data Frameworks

Forrester Research analyst Boris Evelson has been skeptical of the actual integration capabilities for open source big data frameworks like Hadoop across enterprise BI. However, he foresees more mission-critical BI functions connecting with big data frameworks as use expands in the year to come.

Rise of the (Virtual) Machines

The importance of software-defined networks will continue its enterprise ascent into 2013, rising in parallel with more virtual data centers and hybrid cloud adoption, according to Gartner Research VP David Cappuccio. These shifts show the true massive shift underway with enterprise intake of cloud options and virtualization, Gartner states.

Cybersecurity: Stay on Guard

No one expected attacks on enterprise data to go away. But many IT departments should gird their businesses for a very specific range of threats in 2013, according to Kroll Advisory Solutions. Threats coming to the fore in 2013 include hidden or forgotten data sets, the dissolution of nondisclosure and attacks from hackers more interested in anarchy than detailed information.

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