Business Intelligence isn’t new but the way we gather, analyze and digest this intelligence is definitely changing. In the past, business intelligence was delivered to senior executives by IT and/or business analysts. The combination of a fast-paced business environment and a limited budget and limited resource reality means that most organizations must optimize resources and time to produce results. There are few businesses today that have the luxury of waiting for information, data or reports.
The primary difference between traditional BI and the new, more modern approach to BI lies in the flexibility and accessibility. The more traditional tools were designed for use by analysts or IT staff and, while these tools provided sophisticated features, these features were not accessible or easy to understand for anyone outside the analyst or technical community. The traditional tools were not scalable or flexible enough for mobile, nor did they provide guided, auto-recommendations in a natural language environment.
Because traditional BI solutions were not designed to support use by team members within the line of business or business users in general, the enterprise could not capitalize on the unique perspective, knowledge or skill of these users to advance business results, plan for future results or solve problems.
The September 12, 2017 Gartner Report (ID G00331857), entitled, ‘Technology Insight for Modern Anaytics and Business Intelligence Platforms’ predicts that ‘ By 2020, smart/augmented, nonrelational-, search- and visual-based data discovery capabilities will converge into a single set of next-generation data discovery capabilities as components of modern BI and analytics platforms.’
Modern BI solutions allow for and support user adoption, and deliver more benefit, better ROI and lower TCO to the organization by empowering business users and holding each team member accountable for results. While traditional BI was the domain of IT and the analyst community, the modern BI environment expands the use of analytical tools throughout the organization. Modern BI frees the IT and analyst team to focus on more strategic goals. Modern BI supports collaboration, while providing appropriate data governance and data security.
The modern BI environment provides a foundation of data source integration, sophisticated analytical models and techniques and an easy-to-use, intuitive interface with auto-suggestions and recommendations for analytical techniques and report formats and publishing tools, alerts and analysis sharing that are easy for the average business user to adopt.