While we have been hearing that BI is blowing up in many sectors of the industry, we have often wondered about the breakdown in numbers in regards to usage. There can often be a disconnect in terms of media hype and actual adoption of new technologies after all. Dresner Advisory Services has answered our questions and Datamation has reported on these findings in "BI Goes Wild: Business Intelligence Becoming Ubiquitous."
The study shows the percentage in which each department, out of information processing, finance, sales/marketing, and other has sponsored a BI app by number of years in operation. Information processing proves to be where most of the action has been taking place, but the 'other' category has seen a recent spike.
The article explains the 'other' category:
The proliferation of nontraditional uses of BI in the past few years is due to a number of factors, including ease of use, lower cost thanks to cloud-based offerings and increased sophistication among the "other" category. This ‘other’ category is comprised of business executives and managers, according to Howard Dresner, proprietor of Dresner Advisory Services and the former Gartner analyst who coined the phrase business intelligence.
We can cleary see that business intelligence apps will be the wave of the future as they can be used by professionals throughout the organization and with ease at any time.
Megan Feil, June 25, 2012