Technology media are full of predictions and speculation about what's ahead for the new year. According to CMS Watch, changes will be slow and incremental this year with business process management, portals as a means of enterprise integration, and intra-enterprise mash-ups all gaining ground.
The Business Intelligence (BI) market may experience the greatest change. Leading vendor Cognos believes that it is capturing only 20 percent to 25 percent of the potential market. Furthermore, it is being threatened by open source tools like the Birt report generator and by Microsoft's entry into the market with its Office Performancepoint Server 2007.
As a result, expect a shift in emphasis toward business performance management, which is seen as being more directly connected to business results companies will pay to obtain. More and more, traditional BI vendors are being seen as a solution in search of a problem, with complex interfaces most managers can't deal with and a model that only meets a small slice of knowledge workers' needs.