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By Philip Duplisey – Director Consulting Services

The latest Gartner Business Intelligence Magic Quadrant report was very exciting for all of us at Bardess. It confirmed the shift in the BI market we had been predicting for a while, the idea of end user driven Business intelligence and what Gartner calls “data discovery”. As a boutique management consulting firm, we survive in the market against the large consulting firms by being agile, innovative and by solving business problems, not by selling software.

Gartner goes on to explain that  “The demand side of the BI platform market in 2010 was defined by an intensified struggle between business users’ need for ease of use and flexibility on the one hand, and IT’s need for standards and control on the other.”

And, influential business users are now driving increasingly more BI purchasing decisions within organizations. They want, what Gartner describes as the “consumerization” of BI, tools that are easy to use and implement, fun and intuitive, and mobile.

In some ways we struggled to define what we do, and how the tools we use, add value to organizations, when they were compared against the mega-stack vendors like SAP Business Objects, Cognos or OBIEE.

With QlikView we told potential clients that we could deploy enterprise solutions in weeks or months, not years, we told them users love our dashboards, and that mobile deployment was a effortless by-product of our solution. We sometimes experienced raised eyebrows and incredulous smiles. How could they understand what we were saying when their experience with BI solutions was completely different?

QlikView outlines 6 capabilities that support business discovery *

  • Insight for everyone. Instead of just a few people involved in insight creation, Business Discovery enables everyone to create insight. It’s analogous to open source computing or peer creation. This is intelligence creation — rather than just information consumption. By bringing insight creation to the edges of the organization, Business Discovery mirrors real-world decision-making in a way that’s never been done before.
  • Zero-wait analysis. As the pace of business accelerates, the only acceptable lag is none at all. Business Discovery radically collapses time to insight with zero-wait, instantaneous results
  • Mobility. Business decision makers at all levels in an organization need data at their fingertips, wherever they are. They want to work how and where they like — whether that be in the warehouse, on the customer site, or on the trade show floor. Tablets and other large-form-factor mobile devices promise to make business data ubiquitous.
  • An app-like model. No one needs the headache of deploying and managing monolithic business applications. Business Discovery platforms empower anyone to quickly develop and deploy simple, focused, and intuitive apps that can be easily reused.
  • Remixability and reassembly. Nobody can predict what questions business users will have when they start exploring data — not even the users themselves. Business Discovery platforms make it easy for business users to remix and reassemble data in new views and create new visualizations for deeper understanding.
  • A social and collaborative environment. Discoveries are one thing — sharing them is another. Often the real value of a discovery is unlocked when a minor breakthrough in one part of the company leads to a major one elsewhere. Business Discovery enables users to share and collaborate on insight and analysis.

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About the Author
Philip Duplisey, Director of Consulting Services at Bardess, has been implementing enterprise wide solutions globally at Fortune 500 companies for 15 years. He enjoys enabling the organization to find value in their data, and presenting that data in compelling ways that lead to deeper insights and improved performance.