Gartner BI Summit 2016 Recap - Forecasting a Future of Data Everywhere

Pentaho was a proud sponsor of the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit in Grapevine, Texas last week. The Pentaho team had the opportunity meet impressive practitioners and attended some great sessions on the future of analytics and data integration from several different analysts including Cindi Howson, Carlie Idoine, Josh Parenteau, Joao Tapadinhas and more. There were a few key themes that resonated throughout the conference, and we wanted to share these with you:

1) The Evolution of Analytics

Business intelligence is a dated term at this point. We aren’t saying it’s obsolete; it’s just evolved. Analytics no longer follows a static process of departmental requests to IT and then the waiting game for static reports to be generated. In the opening keynote at the Summit, Gartner analysts Rita Sallam and Frank Buytendijk shared an interesting stat in their presentation, Analytics Leadership – Empowerment without Anarchy, by 2017, 10% of businesses will have a separate business unit dedicated to productizing data. The goal of these business units, headed up by Chief Analytics Officers (CAOs), Chief Data Officers (CDOs), and Chief Information Officers (CIOs), are to empower users throughout the organization with tools, instead of just provide static reports and dashboards. That leads us to our next observation: generating business value is a team activity.

2) Empowerment of Users Along the Entire Data Pipeline

Pentaho data pipeline

With the evolution of analytics, there are many rapidly emerging roles along the entire data pipeline to ease the flow of data from raw sources to end business metrics. The growth of self-service analytics is fueled by an increasing necessity among these emerging roles: business analysts, information activists, and citizen data scientists. With a current shortage of required technical skills in the space, tools such as Pentaho, are empowering these users to collect, manipulate, and distill the analytics from emerging data sources. These roles need to collaborate with others in the pipeline, and the collaboration of all of these roles requires data governance, another theme at the show that emerged so that data that is being analyzed can be properly managed.

3) The Connected World: Every Industry is Becoming an Analytics Industry

Data is no longer a nice-to-have. It is now a core part of businesses. The need to access all sources of data, big data included, that are now available and able to be accessed is critical to business growth. Every industry is becoming an analytics industry because of the inclusion of data-driven technology. Traditional industries, such as healthcare and finance, are actually purchasing analytic technologies with the intent of becoming digital leaders in their industry. IoT is regarded as a future trend, and according to Gartner, by 2018, six billion connected things will be requesting data support.[i] This requires tools that are future-proofed to handle the mass and types of data that Gartner is forecasting.

It’s an exciting world we’re preparing for. With Gartner’s validation of the importance of data in forming the backbone to business decision-making, we, more than ever, recognize the importance of the work we’re doing here at Pentaho.

Read more on how Pentaho was named a Visionary in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics Platforms.

Jeanne Ngo

Product Marketing Manager

Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company


[i] Gartner Press Release, “ Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2016 and Beyond", October 6, 2015. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3143718.

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Jeanne Ngo

Product Marketing Manager