By Carlos Bossy
(cross-posted from Carlos Bossy's Blog)
It’s become a tradition at the end of the year for bloggers and industry pundits to make predictions about their fields of interest, and business intelligence is not spared this annual ritual. While I’ve avoided (or forgotten about) making my own predictions, it seems that the future always comes up when I’m speaking at an event. People want to know what’s coming so they can prepare.
Four Areas to Explore
With the PASS BA Conference coming up in May in San Jose, CA, the question of future direction will certainly come up again. The field of business intelligence is undergoing a shift in how it’s delivered to users and the way it’s developed. After a period of having established common data architectures and practices, including Star Schema models, ETL processes, and cubes for what-if analysis, we are seeing new technologies driving us in different directions.
In my opinion, BI architects and practitioners should start thinking about the following.