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Open SourceData IntegrationBusiness Intelligence 19 Dec 2007 11:39 AM
It's Predictions Season Again - Look for More BI in 2008 by billm

It's that time of year again when all of the industry pundits make predictions for what the new year holds in store for us. I am going to do a few posts covering some of these predictions, and maybe adding a few of my own. So, here is the first in my predictions series.

In Major DataWarehousing Events of 2007 and Predictions for 2008 : Consolidation wasn't the only trend to stir up BI this year, Michael Schiff, writing for Enterprise Systems Journal, explains what we should expect next year in data warehousing and business intelligence. I specifically want to cover two of Michael's predictions, both of which I agree with. First, he says

BI Deployment Will Become Easier

BI technology will be easier to deploy because of several factors, including on-demand offerings, the deeper integration of BI functionality within operational systems, and the growing adoption of service-oriented architecture and virtualization. Easier deployment will lead to expanded usage of BI both within the organization and to its customers and partners.

Usage of on-demand or software-as-a-service will expand as the small-to-midsize business (SMB) market continues to recognize the value of business intelligence and realizes that companies can deploy tools other than spreadsheets. Recognizing that there are only 500 "Fortune 500" companies, vendors that currently focus almost exclusively on large organizations will further pursue the SMB market, utilizing on-demand as one of their sales channels.

Business Objects and Hyperion were (or will soon be) acquired by enterprise applications leaders SAP and Oracle, and both will continue to offer their products on a standalone basis. I expect that the acquired business intelligence technology will, over time, also be closely integrated within the enterprise applications, making operational BI that much easier to deploy.

Wider use of lighter weight BI solutions in SMBs will be an accelerating trend, enabled by much less costly and easier to implement data in place integration such as XAware.

Mchael goes on to say:

The Open Source Market Will Grow

The market turbulence resulting from the acquisitions of Business Objects, Cognos, and Hyperion will cause a realignment of vendor partnerships and, when combined with the fear, uncertainty, and doubt created by the remaining independent BI specialists, may cause customers and prospects to reexamine their choice of BI vendors.

It will also serve as a catalyst for partners and prospects to examine alternative BI technology sources. Open source BI vendors will benefit as enterprises initiative more pilot projects using open source technology. The increased use of open source technology will place additional pricing pressure on traditional BI vendors.

The favorable economics of the open source model will have have a big impact on BI and Data Integration growth in the new year, and drive benefits for businesses that could not have justified the cost and complexity of older enterprise software models.

These Michael Schiff predictions for BI in 2008 should be right on.




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