In 2016, Business Intelligence is still a subject of great importance, attracting decision makers from a wide variety of industries and allowing users to make data-based, informed decisions. As BI has developed over time, it has been democratized by technological advances and is no longer an exclusive tool of large enterprises. For this year, there are three major trends that stand out:
#1 Intuitive and Easy to Use Solutions
Business leaders are searching for user-friendly solutions that are easy to use, providing time and additional autonomy to IT departments. They want to perform their own queries and analysis without necessarily developing advanced technical skills. Increasingly, this has been seen as a shift to self-service BI solutions. Intuitive BI solutions allow data to be processed without a lot of technical knowledge. These solutions are often directly connected to Enterprise Resource Planning, in order to avoid the complexity of multi-user generated dashboards and maintain data source validity.
#2 Mobile Compatibility
Mobile device access via smartphone, tablet, and other portable devices is more available with BI solutions in 2016 and it will allow employees more mobility with the ability to access data, without impacting their way of working. Modern Business Intelligence solutions should allow users to access data in real-time, regardless of if they are on an internal company connection or working remotely. Astonishingly, users today now expect the ability to access their dashboards without even having access to a computer!
#3 Cloud Based Solutions
The development of cloud based solutions to business intelligence was created with the objective to save enterprises the investment in infrastructure on-site. IT delegates maintenance and storage to an external service provider, as well as configuration that is usually performed by the supplier.
Nonetheless, Cloud based storage raises the question of security and governance. Is it safe to allow an external tool to hold and have access to a company’s data? Even more challenging, how to get the acceptance of the CIO of the business value – universal data accessibility – so that an external architecture can be implemented for the enterprise?
In conclusion, there is more discussion and user-oriented business intelligence. IT employees are less stressed and can reallocate efforts to other projects. Everyone has their way of managing information and the evolution of BI has finally reconciled data analysis across business departments.
Emilie Geisselhardt, Marketing & Communication Associate