Gartner predict strong Hadoop adoption for Business Intelligence and Analytics

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Gartner Says Business Intelligence and Analytics Need to Scale Up to Support Explosive Growth in Data Sources

Analysts to Discuss Growth in Data Sources at Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summits 2013, February 5-7 in Barcelona, February 25-26 in Sydney and March 18-20 in Grapevine, Texas

 

Business intelligence (BI) and analytics need to scale up to support the robust growth in data sources, according to the latest predictions from Gartner, Inc. Business intelligence leaders must embrace a broadening range of information assets to help their organizations.

“New business insights and improved decision making with greater finesse are the key benefits achievable from turning more data into actionable insights, whether that data is from an increasing array of data sources from within or outside of the organization,” said Daniel Yuen, research director at Gartner. “Different technology vendors, especially niche vendors, are rushing into the market, providing organizations with the ability to tap into this wider information base in order to make sounder strategic and prompter operational decisions.”

Gartner outlined three key predictions for BI teams to consider when planning for the future:

By 2015, 65 percent of packaged analytic applications with advanced analytics will come embedded with Hadoop.

Organizations realize the strength that Hadoop-powered analysis brings to big data programs, particularly for analyzing poorly structured data, text, behavior analysis and time-based queries. While IT organizations conduct trials over the next few years, especially with Hadoop-enabled database management system (DBMS) 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.

“Organizations with the people and processes to benefit from new insights will gain a competitive advantage as having the technology packaged reduces operational costs and IT skills requirements, and speeds up the time to value,” said Bill Gassman, research director at Gartner. “Technology providers will benefit by offering a more competitive product that delivers task-specific analytics directly to the intended role, and avoids a competitive situation with internally developed resources.”

By 2016, 70 percent of leading BI vendors will have incorporated natural-language and spoken-word capabilities.

BI/analytics vendors continue to be slow in providing language- and voice-enabled applications. In their rush to port their applications to mobile and tablet devices, BI vendors have tended to focus only on adapting their traditional BI point-and-click and drag-and-drop user interfaces to touch-based interfaces. Over the next few years, BI vendors are expected to start playing a quick game of catch-up with the virtual personal assistant market. Initially, BI vendors will enable basic voice commands for their standard interfaces, followed by natural language processing of spoken or text input into SQL queries. Ultimately, “personal analytic assistants” will emerge that understand user context, offer two-way dialogue, and (ideally) maintain a conversational thread.

“Many of these technologies can and will underpin these voice-enabled analytic capabilities, rather than BI vendors or enterprises themselves developing them outright,” said Douglas Laney, research vice president at Gartner.”

By 2015, more than 30 percent of analytics projects will deliver insights based on structured and unstructured data.

Business analytics have largely been focused on tools, technologies and approaches for accessing, managing, storing, modeling and optimizing for analysis of structured data. This is changing as organizations strive to gain insights from new and diverse data sources. The potential business value of harnessing and acting upon insights from these new and previously untapped sources of data, coupled with the significant market hype around big data, has fueled new product development to deal with a data variety across existing information management stack vendors and has spurred the entry of a flood of new approaches for relating, correlating, managing, storing and finding insights in varied data.

“Organizations are exploring and combining insights from their vast internal repositories of content — such as text and emails and (increasingly) video and audio — in addition to externally generated content such as the exploding volume of social media, video feeds, and others, into existing and new analytic processes and use cases,” said Rita Sallam, research vice president at Gartner. “Correlating, analyzing, presenting and embedding insights from structured and unstructured information together enables organizations to better personalize the customer experience and exploit new opportunities for growth, efficiencies, differentiation, innovation and even new business models.”

More detailed analysis is available in the report “Predicts 2013: Business Intelligence and Analytics Need to Scale Up to Support Explosive Growth in Data Sources.” The report is available on Gartner’s website athttp://www.gartner.com/resId=2269516.

Additional information and analysis on data sources will be discussed at the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit 2013 taking place February 5-7 in Barcelona, February 25-26 in Sydney and March 18-20 in Grapevine, Texas. The Gartner BI & Analytics Summit is specifically designed to drive organizations toward analytics excellence by exploring the latest trends in BI and analytics and examining how the two disciplines relate to one another. Gartner analysts will discuss how the Nexus of Forces will impact BI and analytics, and share best practices for developing and managing successful mobile BI, analytics and master data management initiatives.

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Gartner's 2012 IT Predictions

Predicts 2012 Analysis

This Predicts 2012 special report highlights how the control of technology and technology-driven decisions is shifting out of the hands of IT organizations. New forces that are not easily controlled by IT are pushing themselves to the forefront of IT spending. Specifically, the forces of cloud computing, social media and social networking, mobility and information management are all evolving at a rapid pace. Business unit stakeholders often recognize the value of new technology before IT departments can harness it. In addition, emerging markets are growing rapidly in terms of technology expenditures and influence. Growing technology use and energy consumption around the globe have led to an increased emphasis on green technologies and power conservation within IT industries.

These technological evolutions in the workplace are largely happening despite the controls IT normally places on the use of technologies. The cloud offers new delivery styles and options that are industrialized in a value chain that renders on-premises IT systems and expertise as only part of the overall delivery of IT capabilities to the company. Social computing is allowing collaboration, and a shift of behavioral patterns of users and the communities in which they work. Mobility offers new access channels to applications and data, and at the same time provides end users with a wide variety of device choices. The combination of cloud, social computing and mobility can be used to increase geographic diversity and raise the productivity of virtual teams. Users expect to get access to personal, work, business applications and data from any device, anytime and anywhere.

Finally, the concept of “big data” is beginning to forever alter the relationship of technology to information consumption, as data coming from multiple federated sources and in structured and unstructured forms must now be analyzed using new methodologies foreign to many IT departments. As in last year’s report, to top it all off, IT organizations must respond to all these demands while balancing security against access, and continuing to meet the expectations of individuals who are more technology-savvy than ever before.

This transformation will not desist, and it demands that IT leaders reconsider and (potentially) rebuild IT’s capabilities and approach to the consumption of IT. Our top predictions (see “Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2012 and Beyond: Control Slips Away” and “Top Industry Predicts 2012: Industries Face Intensified Consumerization and Technology Disruption”) focus on how the shifting role of IT will affect economies, governments, businesses and individuals.

Readers will find the predictions in this special report a good guide and support for the decisions they need to make about technology investments and the broader aspects of business strategy during the years ahead. With more topics, markets and industries covered than ever before, our 2012 predictions affect three macrolevel trends of huge importance to all:

  • Emergence of the nexus of four forces: The convergence of cloud, social, mobile and information into a unified set of forces shaping almost every IT-related decision. Additional complexity comes from the need to support users and employees from any screen, as noted in “Predicts 2012: The Success of Consumer Devices Will Rest on Delivering the Ultimate Experience.” As IT organizations and business users evolve their strategies, they need to ask themselves how they will handle the nexus — whether in individual pieces, or as a unified phenomenon all of itself.
  • IT spending: The movement of spending from the IT department to other parts of the business. Evaluating how to deal with the movement of IT spending out of the control of IT and more into the control of different business units, while retaining IT’s involvement in protecting the business from disruptive change.
  • Market transformation: The transformation of entire markets brought on by new technology-based options. A clear trends exist toward the transformation of industries and technology markets in ways that do not happen very often. Readers will benefit from reading a wide selection of research that makes transformation a practical reality.

As the relationship between “technology means” and “technology outcomes” becomes ever clearer, stakeholders of all kinds are gaining a sharper understanding of how technology decisions will impact the business, and are raising the bar in terms of expectations for success.

Read and access the full report here or local copy here: predicts 2012_four_forces