Howard Dresner predicts the future of business intelligence

Howard Dresner lends his take on the business intelligence market from the floor of the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago.

The business intelligence (BI) market has undergone a drastic transformation over the last two years, most notably in the form of consolidation. What was once a market of numerous small, independent pure-players is now one dominated by four so-called mega-vendors -- SAP, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

But all that consolidation doesn't mean the BI market has reached maturity, according to Howard Dresner, consultant, author, former Gartner analyst and inventor of the term "business intelligence." In fact, from a technology standpoint, BI software and applications still have a long way to go, Dresner said.

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 Many of the attendees at this year's Gartner BI Summit, where SearchDataManagement.com caught up with Dresner, also have a long way to go and are only just beginning to utilize business intelligence at their companies, Dresner said. He urged them to recognize that BI is about much more than just technology and requires cultural and behavioral changes too.

In this 25-minute podcast, appropriate for executives and business and IT leaders, listeners will:

 

  • Get an update on the state of the business intelligence market
  • Learn how well the mega-vendors are doing integrating their newly acquired BI technologies
  • Find out what types of BI innovations are likely to emerge over the next 12 to 18 months
  • Learn how enterprise performance management fits into the world of business intelligence, and much more
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About the speaker: Howard Dresner is founder and president of Dresner Advisory Services LLC and author of The Performance Management Revolution (John Wiley & Sons). He is well known for coining the term "business intelligence" in 1989 and spent 13 years at Gartner, where he was a research fellow and lead analyst for business intelligence. In 2005, he left Gartner and joined Hyperion Solutions as chief strategy officer, helping to establish it as the leader in performance management. When Oracle acquired Hyperion in early 2007, Dresner opted to start his own consultancy.


 

This was first published in April 2008

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