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January 8, 2009

Business Intelligence 2009 Predictions

Filed under: Data Integration, Data Mashup, Data Warehousing — Alena Semeshko @ 4:29 am

Jeff Kelly from has gathered and posted various forecasts as to what awaits Business Intelligence industry in 2009. The analysts and experts sharing their predictions were: Wayne Eckerson, Director of research and services for the Data Warehousing Institute, James G. Kobielus, Senior analyst at Cambridge-based Forrester Research covering BI and data warehousing, and various analysts at Gartner Inc.

A few of my highlights from the article:

Open Source BI will gain even more popularity with companies looking to reduce costs. In turn, open source BI tools will be developing rapidly and should win a greater portion of deals in 2009.

Software as a Service (SaaS) will flourish in the midmarket (too, thanks to the challenging economic situation), particularly in companies that consider IT resources redundant.

For the same reason, hosted and subscription-based services will largely replace premises-based tools and platforms.

In a soft economy, any on-demand pay-as-you-go offering becomes more attractive across all customer segments. Just as important, the increasing scalability, performance, flexibility, and availability demands on the enterprise BI infrastructure are spurring many users to consider outsourced offerings.

Federated data environments will be adopted as the means to cure the problems with decentralized information scattered throughout the enterprise. IT organizations, in turn, will supplement their enterprise data warehouses by beefing up their enterprise information integration middleware and semantic virtualization layers.

Gartner, as always, is more number-oriented in its predictions: the company’s analysts predict that the lack of sufficient the information, processes and tools, along with under-investment in information infrastructure and business users’ tools will result in more than 35% of the top 5,000 global companies regularly failing to make insightful decisions about significant changes in their business and markets through 2012.

Another interesting estimation by Gartner is that by 2012, business units will control at least 40% of the total budget for BI, meaning that spending on CRM (corporate performance management), online marketing analytics, predictive analytics, and other packaged applications will only go up.

Finally, mashups. Easy and cost-effective as they are, mashups will go mainstream with BI-integrated tools leading the way.


By 2012, one-third of analytic applications applied to business processes will be delivered through large-grained application mashups.

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