Software industry analyst Julie Hunt writes of BI's time sensitivity in a recent blog post . She states that "a lot of data and content that matter for better 'Intelligence for the Business' comes with a short shelf life of significance."
Hunt also notes that for many companies "failure actually is part of the BI refinement cycle. But for costly enterprise-style BI solutions, 'failure' can be quite expensive."
The BI market continues to evolve and contort, as vendors reclassify some of their older products as "Business Intelligence" tools-adding more options for potential customers, of course, but also more confusion and complexity. (For what it's worth, spreadsheets are still considered "BI apps.")
The push to mobilize BI apps as well as demand for more "App Store"-like consumption methods will only further increase the pressure on CIOs and IT departments. In other words: Things might get worse before they get better.
Evelson notes in the Forrester report that business users' thirst for new and better BI applications appears to be unquenchable, which does mirror consumers' appetite for apps these days.
"The more [a company] uses them, the more new and different requirements keep pouring in," he writes. "This never-ending snowball effect of new BI requests from business users puts a significant strain on IT resources."
Thomas Wailgum covers Enterprise Software, Data Management and Personal Productivity Apps for CIO.com. Follow him on Twitter @twailgum. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline. E-mail Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about applications in CIO's Applications Drilldown.