January 24, 2013, 2:47 PM — As data growth continues, business intelligence (BI) and analytics would need to scale up to support the robust growth in data sources, according to the latest predictions from Gartner Inc.
Gartner outlined three key predictions for BI teams to consider when planning for the future: by 2015, 65 per cent of packaged analytic applications with advanced analytics will come embedded with Hadoop; by 2016, 70 per cent of leading BI vendors will have incorporated natural-language and spoken-word capabilities; and by 2015, more than 30 per cent of analytics projects will deliver insights based on structured and unstructured data.
Business intelligence leaders must embrace a broadening range of information assets to help their organisations, according to the research firm. "Businesses want to turn more data into actionable insights to help them make better decisions, whether that data is from an increasing array of sources within or outside their organisation," said Gartner's research director, Daniel Yuen. "Different technology vendors, especially niche vendors, are rushing into the market, giving organisations the ability to tap into this wider information base in order to make sounder strategic and prompter operational decisions." Organisations realise the strength that Hadoop-powered analysis brings to big data programs, particularly for analysing poorly structured data, text, behaviour analysis and time-based queries, Gartner noted. While IT organisations conduct trials over the next few years, especially with Hadoop-enabled database management system products and appliances, application providers will go one step further and embed purpose-built, Hadoop-based analysis functions within packaged applications. The trend is most noticeable so far with cloud-based packaged application offerings, and this will continue, it said. "Many of these technologies can and will underpin these voice-enabled analytic capabilities, rather than BI vendors or enterprises themselves developing them outright," said Gartner research vice president, Douglas Laney.