I just finished another Monash Letter. It was a follow-up to a previous one that discussed various strategic positioning possibilities in business intelligence. In the prior piece, I pointed out that most leading vendors were pursuing similar strategies — BI as enterprise infrastructure play. In this piece — for Monash Advantage members only — I point out how that sameness allowed for disruption and revolution, and highlight a few trends that are pointing in those directions. Specifically, the trends I cited included:
- New(ish) trends in technology and the marketplace, especially:
- The return of load-and-go. (A major current trend.)
- UI diversity. (An accelerating trend.)
- Analytic business process support. (A huge opportunity for transactional application vendors that they haven’t yet seized.)
- Expansion from relational/tabular/structured to text/unstructured data. (The biggest opportunity of all, although it’s still in the very early stages.)
- A whole lot of analytics-oriented startups.
- A whole lot of industry consolidation.
Relevant links include:
- My old white paper on analytic business processes.
- A post about BI product segmentation.
- A more recent post on the same subject, with a substantial link list of its own.
- A couple of posts on QlikTech.
My list of potentially major disruptors starts with Endeca, QlikTech, and the open source movement.