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December 24, 2007

Business Intelligence @ 2K8

Business Intelligence is gaining more attraction and got more predictions...

This is what the Industry Experts speaks about Business Intelligence @ 2K8 .

First it was Ken Rudin, CEO of LucidEra

1.SaaS BI will gain increased market acceptance
2.Innovation will be led by newer vendors.
3.There will be a shift away from tools towards prebuilt analytic applications.
4.Applications that integrate data and improve processes across transactional systems will
drive the next wave of SaaS
5.A new breed of channel partners will emerge.

Next is by Seth Grimes [analytics strategist] Predicted

1.Ever increasing attention to data quality.
2.BI integration of streaming and text-extracted data.
3.Location intelligence.
4.Collaborative analytics.
5.Advances in natural-language query and question-answering capabilities, which will all the
same remain far from mature.
6.The start of attention to data provenance, reliability, and uncertainty; for instance, see
Jennifer Widom's Trio work.

Above this the prediction from Diann Daniel of CIO Magazine

1.IT-business teamwork will be crucial.
2.Operational business intelligence will lead the way.
3.Open source and SaaS tools will become more attractive.
4.Structured and unstructured data will be needed for BI.
5.BI competency centers will increase in importance
6.The Wild Card: Effects of BI Vendor Consolidation

From of all these prediction we can see that
1.SAAS BI will get more insight in the near future
2.Open source will have more market share (I totally agree with this..)

When i came to know about unstructed data ,once I used Talend (An opensource ETL) where we can use the unstructed data [information from RSS,Wikis,comments] to built a useful information.Using Talend it is easy to extract the RSS and load into any text file or db...

So lets us wait and see what's the new innovation will rule BI @ 2K8 and how BI2.0 AND BI3.0 Will have his focus..

Labels: BI 2008, BI2.0, BI3.0, cio magazine, Diann Daniel, Lucid Era, SAAS BI, Seth Grimes, Talend

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December 10, 2007

What you need to be a Business Intelligence Consultant ??

I read this article recently here the author Reinald Bormann from Harvey jones system gives and insight about the BI Consultant

Most recruiters daily face the sad reality that there is a serious skills shortage in the local IT industry.

The business intelligence (BI) market is not exempt. With BI going from strength to strength since 2003, market-savvy IT professionals are trying to enter this lucrative market, with many cross-skilling on multiple BI platforms or products.

One of the changes afoot in the market is that companies no longer simply deliver a BI solution and then leave clients to their own devices.more often than not, client/consultant relationships extend well beyond delivering the initial project.

Successful BI consultants must be well-rounded people with solid project experience, preferably across various market sectors.

Successful BI consultants should excel in the following four areas:

* Technical ability
* Interpersonal skills
* Project experience and
* Market knowledge

Technical ability

BI projects are being completed quicker today than they were three years ago, with the result that top BI consultants can work on multiple projects each year.

Properly applying the latest technology should always be a BI consultant's highest priority and, with so many technical components to these solutions, specialising in at least one component is beneficial.

While core skills allow consultants to work on projects other than BI, they should always strive to improve their abilities on other components.

Interpersonal skills

All projects involve interaction between BI consultants, fellow team members and clients. Interpersonal communication is a vital skill that each BI consultant must master.

The wealth of knowledge contained in BI consultants' heads is not easily transferred. Effective use of communication skills allows them to share knowledge across the team.

Successful BI consultants also act as mentors and guide internal IT teams through the uncharted waters of their first BI projects. It is BI consultants' role to point clients toward good resources, books and conferences for further education.

Project experience

IT consulting is always evolving. Because project rotation is generally more frequent than in the past, BI consultants must quickly understand new businesses in order to deliver solutions on time and within budget. Getting to grips with unfamiliar businesses is always difficult, but is also very rewarding.

Successful BI consultants leverage their technical capabilities to re-use certain components developed on previous projects.

Essentially, project experience breeds problem identification and reinforces the use of best practice and methodology.

Market knowledge

Just as consultants become comfortable, a new product or toolset emerges, which nine times out of 10 changes the way they deliver. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as successful BI consultants usually make market changes work for them by aligning their technical skills in the new direction.

The release of Microsoft Performance Point Server (PPS) at the end of the year is a very good case in point; most BI organisations are uncertain of the true impact PPS will have in the market, so having skilled BI consultants at hand when the product is released could ensure a significant market share of new BI solutions on PPS.

It should be every BI consultant's goal to be as active as possible in the community. That means attending seminars and Webcasts, taking part in BI forums or using other knowledge-sharing channels.


In today's challenging and demanding BI market, successful BI consultants must be well-rounded and experienced people, able to adapt quickly to various business environments, continuously share knowledge internally and externally, understand future BI market trends and, most importantly, be very sound technically.

If you are lucky enough to have such a person in your employ or can find one, hang on to them tightly with both hands as they are worth their weight in gold.

By Reinald Bormann, BI consultant at Harvey Jones Systems

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