Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What is BI2.0 and does this really compare to Web2.0?

Another Question from Linked-in
I have been seeing more and more references to “BI2.0”, “Next Generation Business Intelligence” and “Business Analytics” on the web and blogs.
My company is currently sponsoring a series of independent webcasts and whitepapers by a group of business intelligence experts to discuss the successes and shortfalls of traditional BI and identify the new technologies and user experiences. The featured experts include Neil Raden, Stephen Few, Dr. Wolfgang Martin, Dr. Claudia Imhoff, Dan Everett and Dr. Ben Schneiderman.
(Here’s a link if you’re interested: www.spotfire.com/nextgen/bi.cfm)

My Marketing Team tells me BI2.0 is the next big wave, especially now that Microsoft is building out their BI portfolio.
I would like to get a more independent and real world point of view though…
What do you envision as being the next generation of Business Intelligence, and does this really compare to Web2.0?

The next wave will be when we let go of our current views of static html, predefined applications etcetera.

The future in BI lies in the I, integration. We need to go beyond Microsoft's predefined conception of Office when it comes to office applications. It is beyond Word and Excel right now, it's also HRM, CRM, DMS and last, but certainly not least Communications.

When we talk of integration, SOA is just a mere step, Cordys (www.cordys.com) is doing a good job, but it's not the future. People are used to conventional screens (say 1024*768 ratio), but now we have widescreen. The usual application doesn't utilise this beyond a wider screen and resizing the spreadsheet you're working in, but that doesn't change the way we work. Extra Widescreen capacity could be used for communication centers, linked applications etcetera. Also, we've been working the same old keyboard for ages now, why not make the numpad detachable and replace it with changeable business specific short-key pads.

So in short, the future of BI starts when we let go of the fram,ework (keyboard, monitor lay-out) we designed in the previous century

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