Business intelligence trends toward broader deployments, pervasive BI
In the survey, we asked what the biggest differences were in how organizations planned to use business intelligence (BI) tools this year compared with previous years. Based on the responses, a growing number of companies are focusing on making their business intelligence systems more pervasive – i.e., spreading BI to the masses.
A majority of respondents – 58% – said more business users would get access to BI systems this year. That was the top choice by survey participants, who could select up to three responses on this question about business intelligence trends. More executives using BI tools came in second at 44%, while providing BI access to more operational workers tied for fourth at 22%. (Editor’s note: Due to space limitations, not all of the available choices are shown above.)
The level of interest in delivering BI capabilities to more of the enterprise is a big switch from the results of previous surveys, which showed a heavy focus on technical issues such as data integration. But there are still some roadblocks to enterprise business intelligence and pervasive BI. For example, according to Gartner, enterprise BI is rarely a one-size-fits-all approach within organizations, especially large ones. In addition, a broader business intelligence strategy may require new flexibility on data controls and the selection of BI tools.
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