The Year After Tomorrow. Top BI Trends in 2013

Volodymyr Yatsevsky posted on December 25th, 2012
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We have already seen a lot of the big data and self-service hypes this year. The BI tools are becoming user and experience-centered, diminishing the importance of the IT departments. Solutions are becoming more user-friendly on tablet and mobile devices and everyone had their chance to yell “me too!” at the Big Data buzzword of the year. All of the above happened in a ravishing 2012, but what is expecting us in next year 2013. Let us have a look.

According to Gartner reports, next year technologies will completely converge around social data, mobile platforms and cloud solutions. In order to boost business performance, companies will closely analyse social networks facts to measure particular decision success as they started to do in the recent years.

On the enterprise level, there’s a number of the coming trends to mention that are still actual:

  • In memory models will prevail over traditional and standardized solutions as IT department move into agile BI to satisfy growing number of business analytic requests. Agile BI would mean more flexibility and less costs, which would also allow smaller BI vendors to enter enterprise market easily.
  • Hadoop, and other BI-specific DBMSes, will invade mission critical BI projects in large enterprises in the following year. This also relates to further adoption of NoSQL-like DBMSes. The trend is traditional and schema-based DBMSes are no longer flexible enough to cater avalanching data exploration requests from information workers and decision makers.
  • On enterprise level data analytics would mean continuous simulation, prediction and optimization on ANY business decision taken. The “well-informed” business decision will highly rely on the available BI instruments of analytics reporting.

Apart from the mentioned trends we have also thought of the top 3 trends for the coming Year 2013. So here they are.

Number 3. Self-service continues to be priority of BI tools and reporting in particular.
Despite being hyped on its extremes, self-service BI continues to remain a trend in 2012 and in the following 2013. Throughout previous years, IT departments of large organizations were so preoccupied with incoming business requests, that they cannot longer support them manually. Workers often require information to be provided in an instant and on-demand manner for effective business decisions. Under such circumstances BI vendors will need to maintain balance of self-service features to allow information workers build and publish their own BI applications while allowing IT to control overall integrity of used platforms.

Number 2. Organizations will continue to use multiple BI tools instead of single consolidated platform.
The Forrester also mentions another 2012 prediction that remains in top 10 chart for the recent years – each enterprise will not dedicate itself to the one and all BI tool. While moving towards more agile architecture, one is using many BI tools that are agile, instead of one and solid platform to employ. More importantly, organizations are becoming aware of the fact that consolidation and centralization of the existing BI tools is no longer a global solution, so this trend continues into year 2013.

Number 1. Ubiquitous spread of mobile platforms is no longer an innovation.
It’s a demanding and must-have requirement for any type of BI tool or platform. In addition to self-service and personalized nature of BI, the spread of mobile clients will overwhelm and grow rapidly over the next year. At the same time web industry standards prepare HTML5 technology stack to dominate over existing mobile native application frameworks. Global consumerization of ipads, iphones, androids and all sorts of that will make enterprises to support all of these platforms, making the standardization a more complex task.

According to Forrester Research reports, on the enterprise level 24% are already using mobile BI applications on pilot projects and 37% consider mobile adoption in the following year. This might be sufficient to demand that all BI tools will need to support available mobile platforms to keep themselves afloat as people will not give up their ipads for old-fashioned PC-style way of work easily, in particular on operational and executive levels.

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