Trends in Business Intelligence

Loraine Lawson

There was an interesting article in DM Review this week characterizing the business intelligence (BI) market as "messy and dynamic," but the writer managed to find three clear trends: new infrastructure options (e.g., data warehousing appliances), improved data integration and more user-friendly interfaces. If the high-tech media are any guide, this is a good summary of what IT organizations care about in BI.


As far back as March of 2006, data warehousing appliances were seen as a cost-effective and increasingly popular option, led by DatAllegro, still the leader in a growing pureplay market.


Improved data integration remains a prominent topic of discussion in the high-tech press, and vendors are beginning to make credible business cases for the value of "clean data" to the enterprise, while at the same time acknowledging the (often political) problems of achieving it.


The key development in the interface area, at least in our opinion, is the increasing willingness on the part of BI vendors to admit that many people prefer the familiar Microsoft Office interface to their own. The decision by i2 to let customers use Office for accessing its supply chain management offering is an example of this trend, and by no means the only one. In fact, integration may be the answer to the question, "Why Buy Office 2007?"

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Feb 25, 2008 6:28 AM Dhiren Gala Dhiren Gala  says:
Operational BI today gives business user the power to convert data to decisions. Take for eg: 1KEY BI from MAIA Intelligence, which gives user friendly, highly interactive multi formatted analytics & reports coupled with visually stunning presentation layer. Reply

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