It’s official, business intelligence is at a transitional moment. It’s now less and less accurate to speak monolithically about BI as a whole, since there are now a wide variety of BI systems used for measurement and reporting, and an increasing number for analysis, prediction, forecasting, and optimisation. In ‘Analytics, Business Intelligence are Converging, nor Merging’, Drew Robb discusses how the increased need for analytics is not necessarily a challenge to more traditional business intelligence. For example, many companies still lack the skill sets needed to deploy more developed analytics, and so there is a new trend where tools that automate critical algorithms then automatically serve up visualisations and present patterns to users.
As a result of these shifts in the industry, the field is tending towards balkanisation, with more established players such as Microsoft, SAP, SAS, IBM, and Oracle leaders the pack, but with newer startups such as Birst, Panorama, Alteryx and Pentaho quickly coming up. This was taken from Gartner’s recent ‘Magic Quadrant’ for business intelligence
, which handily figures the major players in the BI world into groups. However the changes that are taking place pan out, what’s sure is that BI and analytics more proudly is one of the fastest growing and most prosperous areas of new technology. You can follow Drew Robb’s writings at the Enterprise Apps Today website
Following up from there we are taking a look at developments in the world of cloud-based analytics, where we are seeing a shift to unstructured databases that provide rapid access to data when compared to legacy offerings from SAP and Oracle. In a piece where he takes a look at the newest startups in the data analytics space
, Matthew Weinberger take a look at the emerging offerings in this market and talks about how dashboarding tools that display your data in an easily digestible format are making advances.
Matthew is currently a news reporter with CITEworld where he covers cloud computer and enterprise IT. He has held previously held roles at ZDNet, ServicesAngle.com, Newsday.com and was the cloud evangalist at Nebula. You can connect with Matthew on LinkedIn
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