Forrester Research recently published a report titled, “The Future of BI,” (available to Forrester subscribers or for purchase) in which the analyst firm laid its take on the most important BI trends for 2012 and beyond. Consumerization and self-service stole the show.
Forrester’s List of Trends for 2012 and Beyond
Individualized BI tools trump standards.
A “multiple BI tool” strategy is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Ready or not, information workers will demand more BI control.
BI tools that support the right amount of managed end user self-service will become popular.
Mobility is no longer a “nice to have”—it will become to new BI mantra.
Cloud BI will slowly and steadily chip away at on-premises implementations.
BI-specific DBMSes will gain popularity.
Big data will move out of silos and into enterprise IT.
Exploration will become the new bread and butter of IT suites.
BI will integrate with the Information Workplace.
An important trend I think is missing from this list is more tightly integrated BI and collaboration tools. Forrester does mention that BI will integrate with Information Workplaces—multiple technologies brought together in seamless, contextual user experiences that enable information workers to easily access the information they need. But in the spirit of “getting things done quickly,” to quote from this Forrester report, it will be a two-way street.