Christmas has passed and I had the pleasure of making a turducken
for my family. For those of you who do not know what that is, I strongly recommend trying it! During the deboning process of the three birds (I generally start with the chicken to warm up), I started thinking about the BI technology flops of 2010. I should have strictly focused on cutting out the bones; thankfully, I didn't cut myself in the process. :)
2010 BI Flops:
- A clear mobile strategy from Gartner / Forrestor / IDC / TDWI: this has been a sore spot for me for months. Clients are saying they need mobile. I still want to know exactly what people expect to do with a mobile device, in particular smart phones. I still can't imagine people with their iPhones, Blackberries, or Android platforms performing data analysis on the small screen size. I have my thoughts on a more pragmatic use of smart phones but I'd like to hear from the users directly.
- HTML5: this is not directly related to BI but it affects the mobile strategy. This technology is touted to be the cure all for mobile BI technology. Until I see some true traction with development tools and an earlier specs release date (instead of 2022), I'm not convinced. However, I do see the benefits of having a true cross browser technology platform. I'm not holding my breath on this one.
- Self-service BI: This is a catch phrase that I truly believe has not materialized. To get BI technologies into the hands of the decision makers without the need for IT is a pipe dream in my opinion. With talks of mashup concepts and these sophisticated analysis tools to choose from, I don't see anything that does not involve IT. Maybe I should wish for world peace so IT staff and business users finally get along?
On those negative notes, I think we have some good years ahead of us with business users becoming more tech savvy and technology companies focusing more on the user experience.
Happy holidays everyone!
Keywords: Business Intelligence
posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 10:22 AM