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Oct 3 2007   11:27AM GMT

Five key business intelligence (BI) trends from Mark Rittman

Derek Kuhr Derek Kuhr Profile: Derek Kuhr

Oracle business intelligence (BI) architecture and development specialist Mark Rittman delivered a keynote speech this week at the Oracle Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) Special Interest Group Annual Conference in Reston, Virginia.

According to Rittman, who is also a well-known Oracle BI blogger and the founder of Rittman-Mead Consulting, explained on his blog that “the BIWA SIG is an IOUG special interest group that’s been running for around a year, and was started up by a number of customers, partners and Oracle employees who were keen to get together to discuss, primarily the use of the Oracle database for business intelligence and data warehousing, although it also covers the BI tools such as Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition, Discoverer and so on.”

During his keynote, Rittman spelled out five key trends that will affect business intelligence initiatives going forward. In a nutshell, here are the five trends he mentioned:

1. Expect convergence and interoperability: During 11g timeframe, BISE and BIEE tools will increasingly interoperate.

2. Expect developer adoption of Hyperion FPM Apps: Hyperion acquisition extends Oracle’s leadership into Financial Performance Management and lets the company focus on enterprise-wide Business Intelligence.

3. OLAP will resume a central role in Oracle BI.

4. BI will become more pervasive and embedded: 60% say that they will provide BI tools to more than 25% of their employees within two years.

5. More and more business decisions will become automated.

I’d recommend downloading Rittman’s fascinating presentation for more information. And we’d be interested to hear if you agree with his findings.

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