I recognize that I am a little behind the ball on predictions for the BI space in 2009. We are technically not a full month into the new year, so I'll sneak this in. I have to admit that I have had the opportunity to read a number of other posts on this topic, so I have late bloomer advantage. I'll focus on areas that I think will have a large impact on us all.
Drum roll... 2009 BI Predictions
- The Big 4 (SAP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle) will continue to gain market share in the Business Intelligence and Performance Management spaces. This will be driven by the ongoing consolidation and integration of the various home grown and acquired technologies to deliver a more cohesive user experience. These platforms will be attractive to the IT organization due to the ability to consolidate licensing with one vendor and to have one set of management tools to support.
- Open Source BI platforms will spread BI below the $500M in revenue organization. The cost of mainstream BI platforms can be prohibitive for small to medium size companies. Open Source platforms will open up the power of BI to these organizations, allowing for zero cost proof of concepts and a lower TCO for a supported enterprise solution. Expect these platforms to deliver 80% of the functionality at 20% of the cost.
- Business Intelligence becomes a core requirement. Given the uncertainties in the market, we will see an increased awareness of the importance to have the information to make the right decision. In a strong market where people are buying products and services, it is easy to roll with the times and accept positive results without really knowing why. When times get tough, risk tolerance becomes much lower. This risk is mitigated by having the best possible information to make the decision at hand.
No matter what, it should be an exciting year!
For an exhaustive list of BI predictions for this year, visit the BI Questions Blog for a consolidated list.