BI's Path to User-Friendliness

Loraine Lawson

It wasn't so long ago that people who wanted information within an enterprise had to consult the "priests of BI" to get what they needed. And in fact, most companies still think BI is too hard to use (and too expensive as well). But this is changing. One approach that may help with the hard-to-use issue is structured search, which enables users to look for information in structured data (such as an OLAP cube) with no need to learn how to use a complicated dashboard. Vendors are working hard to make BI easier in other ways. BI appliances are hot, in part because these "pre-configured, pre-installed" products make installation easier. Even old-line category creator Business Objects is coming out with a line of appliances.


And the new availability of SaaS BI solutions will even make BI easier to buy.


What does this all mean? For one thing, it means that Gartner's projected CAGR for BI of 14.4 percent for the next five years (in contrast to the worldwide CAGR of 9.5 percent) makes a lot of sense.

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