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Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends in 2014 from Tableau

I like how Tableau created a web page and slideshare presentation for their 2014 business intelligence predictions. I also like their predictions. Here they are, with a few comments.

  1. The end of data scientists (does that mean data artisans too?)
  2. Cloud business intelligence goes mainstream (I guess I was a little early on that one – here’s an interesting cloud BI survey)
  3. Big data finally goes to the sky (go Redshift!)
  4. Predictive analytics goes mainstream (hmmm…I still remember “Data Mining for the Masses” circa 1998 with BusinessObjects Business Miner)
  5. Agile BI extends its lead (is there one BI vendor that doesn’t call their tools agile?)
  6. Embedded BI begins to emerge (Good news for JasperSoft, given they’ve been talking about this for years.)
  7. Story telling becomes a priority (In other words, stop talking speeds and feeds and discuss outcomes – as suggested recently by Ken Rudin)
  8. Mobile BI becomes the primary experience (Michael Saylor has to be happy about this prediction – has anyone read The Mobile Wave?)
  9. Organizations begin to analyst social data in earnest (Is Earnest was a new flavor or Hadoop?)
  10. NoSQL is the new Hadoop (not sure what the angle here is for Tableau, but sure.)

Here’s the presentation with more details.

The Shift to Cloud Business Intelligence

In 2006 I posted a presentation on Slideshare called, What is Driving the Shift to On-Demand BI? While it might have been a little early in terms of cloud business intelligence adoption, looking at it today shows that most of the industry analyst predictions were actually quite conservative when it comes to cloud adoption in the enterprise. I listed the drivers for the shift to analytics as a cloud service as:

  1. It just makes sense
  2. Simple, simple, simple
  3. OLTP –> OLAP
  4. Because Gartner said so!
  5. “Date a fad, marry a trend.” (with acknowledgement to @kellblog of course)

Here’s the presentation.

Recently Amazon.com announced that Redshift, their data warehouse solution, is the company’s fastest growing AWS service. Over 1000 global customers are moving significant business intelligence initiatives to Amazon’s data warehouse in the cloud. This video does a pretty nice job of explaining how it works and why the value proposition is so compelling.

Big Data and Cloud Analytics Discussion

I sat down with my friend Patrick Morrissey this week to discuss the business intelligence market, Big Data and all things cloud. Pat runs marketing for a hot new company called Tidemark. This was a follow up to a discussion published on the Sandhill.com site: Enterprise Performance Management in the Cloud on an iPad.

Here are the questions he asked. You can read my answers here: Five for Friday – Darren Cunningham of Informatica Cloud.

  1. Analytics and business intelligence are top of mind for organizations today and Gartner says that BI is the #1 CIO priority in 2012.  Why is this such a hot button issue?
  2. If analytics are so critical to business success, why do so many projects fail?
  3. There is a lot of talk about “Big Data” in the press, blogs and industry events. How do you think about Big Data?
  4. Many larger organizations are now moving to “Cloud First” as their enterprise IT and application strategy.  How does cloud change the game?

Definitely some great questions – how did I do? Want to take a stab at answering them? What’s your POV?

Data Integration in the Cloud (via Business Analytics 3.0)

This post provides a comprehensive overview of cloud integration use cases, options and approaches. It’s definitely worth reviewing if you’re interested in the topic.

The Curious Case of Salesforce and Workday: Data Integration in the Cloud The growing enterprise adoption of Salesforce SFA/CRM, Workday HR, Netsuite ERP, Oracle on Demand, Force.com for apps and Amazon Web Services for e-commerce will result in more fragmented enterprise data scattered across the cloud. Automating the moving, monitoring, securing and synchronization of data is no longer a “nice-to-have” but “must-have” capability. Data quality and integration issues — aggregating data from the myriad sources and servi … Read More

via Business Analytics 3.0

Next Generation Cloud Business Intelligence?

MicroStrategy entered the cloud BI market today by announcing the general availability of MicroStrategy Cloud. From the press release:

“Compared to traditional on-premises BI approaches, MicroStrategy Cloud is quicker to deploy (within 48 hours) and more flexible, delivers world-class performance, and offers significant financial advantages. MicroStrategy Cloud is powerful and flexible enough to support the full range of cloud use cases, from fast, flexible tactical BI solutions, to the largest implementations where performance and scalability are imperative.”

The announcement goes on to highlight the following benefits:

  • World-Class Performance
  • Integrated Database and Data Integration
  • Accelerated Time to Market
  • Comprehensive Security
  • Elite Platform Partners
Of note on the partner front:
  • “IBM Netezza will provide its complete family of analytical appliances.”
  • “MicroStrategy Cloud customers will be able to choose from a multitenant Cloud-based Data Integration solution, or run their own dedicated Informatica environment in the MicroStrategy Cloud.”
  • “ParAccel will bring its analytic platform to MicroStrategy Cloud customers, delivering extreme scalability to thousands of nodes and tens of thousands of users in a flexible, solution that is optimized for virtualized and cloud-based environments.”
Is Cloud BI 2.0 now upon us? Be sure to read the entire MicroStrategy Cloud press release for more details.

Forrester: 6 Categories SaaS Will Impact the Most

CIO.com recently featured a summary of Forrester Research analyst Liz HerbertHow SaaS Will Impact 6 Key Software Categories.  They are:

  1. IT Management Applications
  2. CRM Software and productivity applications
  3. ERP and Supply Chain Software
  4. Business Intelligence
  5. HR Software
  6. Platform and Middleware Solutions

No big surprises here, but the article also provides some solid recommendations for source executives, “in light of increased SaaS adoption.”

Sourcing executives must prepare for a hybrid landscape where SaaS co-exists with on-premise and hosted solutions, with many new vendors in the overall software portfolio. To navigate this complex environment, sourcing professionals should consider weighing the valuable aspects of SaaS — such as functionality, community, and accessibility — with risk elements — like vendor viability, vendor lock-in, and security.”

The Increasing Importance of Cloud Data Replication

Last week we hosted a webinar on cloud data replication, with a particular focus on Salesforce CRM and Force.com. The level of interest and interaction was amazing. Whether the use case is back-up, compliance or business intelligence, having a flexible and cloud-based approach to cloud data replication is clearly critical to software as a service (SaaS) application and platform success. You can check out the recording here.

Gartner Business Intelligence Platform Magic Quadrant

Thanks to the folks at Tableau for publishing the latest Gartner BI Magic Quadrant. I’ve been out of the pure BI market for a couple of years and I have to say I’m a little surprised by the results.

  • Microsoft on top. Really? Last I heard they blew up the core BI team and this was primarily an Excel + Sharepoint play. Guess that’s working well for them. Do they break out BI Platform revenue? Are they displacing SAP/Business Objects and Cognos/IBM in the enterprise?
  • Oracle #2. This is less surprising given the Siebel and Hyperion technology they provide, but I didn’t realize their story had come together to this extent. Is there a separate BI sales organization these days or is this also mainly sold an add-on?
  • IBM (Cognos) way out on vision (but seems to be overshadowed by the vendors above them). Congrats to them on their latest release. It appears to have had an impact.
  • Information Builders name should have been in the top left. The optics of the current location certainly play in their favor for the casual observer.
  • QlikTech and Tableau not further ahead on vision. This is what I don’t get about this (and most other) quads. From all accounts QlikTech and Tableau are disrupting the market and growing at a phenomenal rate (albeit from a smaller base). Why aren’t the newer vendors who are innovating and disrupting given more credit on vision? Their execution is clearly impressive.
  • SAP (Business Objects) is in such a weak position. What am I missing here? Who’s running analyst relations over there? This can’t have gone over well with my friends in BI marketing at SAP. In this just the on-going sea-saw with Cognos, was it the Cognos 10 release that helped them get so far ahead? How will SAP counter?
  • Pentaho didn’t make the cut. I’m not sure if this is so bad given the bottom left position of fellow open-source BI vendor JasperSoft.
  • Corda, arcPlan and Accuate are still in business. These guys have been around for a long time. What direction are they moving? Congrats to LogiXML for making the cut this year. I haven’t heard of Board International (name needs work), Targit, Salient,or Bitam, but congratulations to them as well.
  • No SaaS BI…yet? Okay, just throwing that in. I realize there’s a revenue threshold here, but I do wonder how vendors in the cloud BI market are doing at this point.

Full disclosure: I realize the above “analysis” (ok, questions and commentary) is exactly what Gartner doesn’t like, but in my experience it’s exactly how both vendors and customers review these quadrants.

Any insight appreciated. Here’s the quad:

Salesforce CRM 2011 Predictions

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Better late than never, Alex Dayon from Salesforce.com weighs in with his 2011 CRM predictions. He predicts 3 major trends emerging this year:

  1. Increased importance of social networking
  2. Enterprise collaboration (as highlighted in this preview for the upcoming Salesforce Chatter Super Bowl ad)
  3. Broader business intelligence dashboards and decision making

Today is the last day of the fiscal year for my friends at Salesforce. I suspect many of them are now busy at work on their FY2012 V2MOM.

You Can’t Put the Cloud Horse Back in the Barn

Thanks to my friend @rssanborn for tweeting this 2015 Cloud Checklist:

  1. Accept that many cloud providers already are better at security than you are.
  2. Private clouds should not be your end game.
  3. Know how to structure contracts.
  4. Understand the workloads you’re supporting.
  5. Seek coordination (not control) of cloud resources.

#5 in particular caught my attention. It speaks to some of the issues I’ve written about in this post about cloud politics and the role of data integration. I like how the author of the CIO Insight post, Tony Contzer, puts it:

“Those who try to put the kibosh on a business unit’s rogue adoption of cloud services are on the same fruitless path as the CIOs who fought Web browsers and voice over IP.”

The article features a few choice quotes from Gartner‘s Daryl Plummer (see his video interview in this post). He notes:

“Business units are not going to let you take back control. You can’t put the horse back in the barn.”

I was recently interviewed by Leigh Dow at ITToolbox and put it this way:

“With the SaaS model, the business can just go get software, do a trial with a credit card and start adopting and managing SaaS applications autonomously.  What often happens is a spiral of tools manifest in the company and at some point you get “SaaS sprawl.”  No different than what we saw in BI in the Data Warehousing space when data marts popped up and at some point they needed to be consolidated.  It is becoming a huge problem for IT. One customer told me, “we need to get on this cloud train or get run over by it”. Being the “department of no” isn’t an option.


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