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Top BI Trends Moving into 2015


With 2014 coming to an end faster than anyone could ever imagine, the time to start thinking and planning for 2015 has fast approached us. With the start of a new year comes a number of technology changes to consider. With the following new BI Trends, Business Intelligence (BI) should not be on the long list of things for any organization. While some of these trends are already being implemented, with the potential to expand over the next year, there are a number of proposed changes that could fundamentally shift business processes. Below we will uncover what to expect when looking into BI trends for the year of 2015. Continue reading this post>>


5 Business Trends for Dashboards in 2014


dashboard trendsDashboards are the most tangible deliverable from business intelligence providers. Not everyone can fathom what “guided analytics” are, or how collaboration capabilities can help their business, but dashboards make sense to people. They’re still a hot trend, even in 2014, and getting hotter as mobile BI – which usually takes the form of mobile dashboards – becomes more prevalent. Companies of every size want dashboards and decision makers at every level need them to stay on top of their key metrics. But what are the business trends that will influence dashboard purchases in 2014? Let’s look at the top 5:

1) Business users will drive dashboard deployments
Line of business users will play a more dominant role in evaluating and selecting dashboard software while IT departments will play a diminishing role in 2014. Traditionally, IT-chosen platforms are highly governed and provide trickles of information that seldom keep up with the demands of the business. By contrast, business-led dashboard projects have different requirements including self-service capabilities, direct access to data and short implementation timelines.

2) Full-service self-service…

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Business Intelligence Trends 2014: Why Apple, Amazon and Google are the Real BI Trend-Setters


bi-trends-2014-apple-amazon_smThe end of each year warrants a look at the key trends that may take hold in the coming months. Mobility, cloud computing, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and big data topics are clearly influencing the business intelligence industry. However, major market players such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and others are producing the technology to make these developments possible. The question becomes: are the trends paving the way for these companies to produce the technology, or is the existence of the technology influencing the trends? I believe the latter – that Amazon, Apple, Google and Samsung are the true pioneers of the BI industry.

In 2014, we’re not going to see much in the way of wholly new trends, even though some experts are already forecasting more innovations. Gartner, for example, has singled out voice-controlled BI as a hot topic. However, the idea of being able to control BI processes by voice instead of through user interfaces is more of a fantasy than a realistic business requirement. Instead, the focus for 2014 will be on developments that are already possible and how to integrate these into the corporate IT environment. Big data for one has been a subject of discussion for years. In 2014, there will be more talk about the benefits and value provided by the increasingly larger amounts of data. Primarily though, it is the underlying technical innovations created by industry giants such as Amazon and Apple that are driving the development of BI and the requirements of the market.

Mobile BI Thanks to Tablets and Smartphones

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Following Business Intelligence News and Trends


The BI World is small. Therefore, market news and opinions are dominated by software vendors and industry analysts. No surprise! There are, of course, many tech-savvy people who write about their software of choice and best practices associated with that technology. Technical communities around Microsoft SQL Server and related BI components, for example, are abound. The same is true for open source communities where information sharing is part of their members’ DNA.

However, it is very hard to find truly objective advice and opinions about the marketplace and available tools. On the one hand, this is caused by a wide selection of BI technologies still available today, even after the market consolidation of 2007-2008. You will be hard pressed to find so-called BI specialists who have a good grasp on a broad cross-section of the market segment. On the other hand, there are obvious commercial interests driving news and commentary from market analysts, at the same time providing the manpower to assess the capabilities of the majority of vendors.

How does one follow the trends in the Business Intelligence space? I guess by now everybody uses Google Alerts, RSS Feeds or other commercial intelligence tools to stay abreast on product and market developments. Joining groups on Linkedin or Yahoo are other ways of staying in touch with the BI community. When it comes to analyst blogs, I really enjoy reading the BIScorecard by Cindy Howson. While she apparently has deeper expertise in some technologies, her blog posts are written in an informative and balanced manner. Haven’t read any of her research yet, but that might change :-)

What is your approach to following business intelligence and what blogs do you recommend?