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Gartner just released its post event recap from the Business Intelligence Summit in London. I thouhgt you might find these interesting:

1. For the second year running, BI features as the #1 technology priority for CIOs in the
Gartner annual EXP CIO Survey.

2. BI is ‘stepping up’ and is becoming a stand-alone corporate function, like HR or

3. Strategic Planning Assumption: By 2010, more than 50% of global 2000 companies
and government agencies with cross-enterprise, strategic BI initiatives will have
formed BI competency centers (0.7 probability).

4. Establishing a Business Intelligence Competency Center is the key enabler and the
steering committee for a corporate-wide BI initiative.

5. Strategic Planning Assumption: By 2010, 40% of Global 1000 organizations will
support a broad and diverse performance management initiative. However, you
cannot just ‘buy’ performance management. It needs to be tied into the
organization’s business strategy and culture.

6. The market for BI solutions will continue to see healthy growth, with a forecasted
9.7% growth per year until 2010.

7. The pure-play BI platform vendors that dominate the market today will increasingly
be challenged by the mega application vendors.

8. New BI and CPM offerings and delivery models will emerge and vendor consolidation
will continue.

9. Make data quality a business problem, not an IT problem. Start by investing in data
profiling technology.

10. Through the increasingly pervasive use of BI, the number of potential users will be
reaching millions, by including suppliers, partners and customers, not just employees.

Tags: business intelligence, Gartner, CPM, Performance management, pervasive bi

Posted March 8, 2007 9:22 AM
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Hi Shawn, thanks for summarizing. It's amazing to me that the market transition to software-as-a-service (on demand) is not on this list. We are seeing a tremendous amount of activity on the salesforce.com AppExchange in this category. Your readers might be interested in learning more here: http://blogs.salesforce.com/analytics/

This is interesting stuff, thanks!

I'm curious about who is driving these processes to the lower end of the market. It seems to me that BI could really explode if it could be made more accessible to the mid-sized company.


I just wonder, though, about those CIO's and their #1 priority. The follow-up question I'd ask is, "How much money have you budgeted for it and where is that in the ranking?" If you get inside a CIO's head, their definition of BI may be a little different from ours. I'm guessing it's more of reporting/compliance motivation than informing/decisioning one.

Then there are the competency centers. Back in the 80's, IBM pushed something called the "Information Center." It was a thinly veiled campaign to get companies to buy another mainframe, running the more "friendly" VM/CMS OS with a bunch of clunky software, mostly raw or jazzed up APL. I liked it, but APL was my first language, but what typically happened was that this center was staffed with the most expendable IT resources. It didn't work.

I wonder why we need BI competency centers. I for one would like to see computers doing the hard work, leaving people to do what they do best, instead of vice-versa, which characterizes the current situation. Do we need a Google Competency Center? A Home Depot Competency Center?

Hmmm, I agree. I didn't even notice the lack of SaaS on that list. It is surprising not to see it there.

Robert's comment on the SMB space is dead on as well. The good news is a lot of companies have recently started to get serious abot bringing Bi to the small guy.

Thanks for reading the blog!


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