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What Developments in BI Are You Most Thankful For This Year?

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We asked this question about SOA last week, and to round down this final week of 2009, what developments in BI are you most thankful for this year?

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  • I'm most pleased to see the continued influx of investment in innovation by upstart vendors across the entire spectrum of BI. From visualization to advanced analytics to big data to performance management, there was no shortage of innovative vendor releases and venture investment continues to pour in to disruptive market entrants. BI remains one of the few double-digit growth markets left in IT despite the depression we're in, and for anyone affiliated with this industry, that's a great reason to be thankful.

  • I am most thankful for the continued rise in prominence and use of operational BI as a substantial method of making BI more pervasive throughout an organization. Building more advanced reporting and analytics into a complex application (and data source or sources) is the surest way of reaching more users than relying on after-the-fact data warehousing and traditional BI methods. Industry analysts reported nearly 2X the growth in embedded BI (vs. "stand alone" BI) during the past year. If making business intelligence more pervasive is truly the common goal so many of us have talked about (for years), then this is surely one of the most beneficial developments of 2009. And, it has my hope for continued advancement in 2010.

    Brian Gentile
    Jaspersoft

  • I am thankful for all those BI vendors that make it easy for people in companies to do their own reporting. BI does not realize its potential by some centralized big wigs deciding what you shall or shall not have and worse still, being limited by what you thought you needed at the time you started. BI by its very nature iterative. You should be able to modify your requirements, design and reporting as you go along!

  • I'm happy to see BPM and BI vendors like HandySoft and Jaspersoft working together to combine the worlds of workflow automation with business anlaytics.

  • I agree with Brian about the growth of operational BI. While 2009 was a difficult year for many businesses, perhaps one of the good things to come out of the recession is that it has forced companies to become smarter about where and how they spend on BI. 2009 reinforced the idea that you can get a great deal of value by using point BI solutions to quickly solve tactical issues that are important but don’t warrant the time and expense of full blown traditional BI systems. For 2010, I'm looking forward to more investment in operational and tactical BI, as companies feel ready to spend again but need to see immediate results for their end business users.

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