Fewer organizations centralizing business intelligence

The number of organizations centralizing business intelligence has decreased in the last year, according to a recent study.

The study, BI Maturity in the Enterprise: 2010 Update, was conducted by Forrester Research and surveyed 173 technology professionals. All of the professionals are familiar with their companies’ BI efforts.

Many organizations utilize BI tools incorporated into enterprise software solutions such as SAP data management products. The study found, however, that fewer companies centralized BI in 2010 than in the previous year.

Forty-three percent of respondents said their companies employed agile BI and self-service BI in 2010, while 38 percent reported they use centralization and consolidation.

Boris Evelson, principal analyst at Forrester Research, said traditional approaches to BI “are no longer enough to continue to drive higher levels of BI adoption and increase BI maturity in enterprises.” According to Evelson, “new approaches such as agile BI and BI self-service by the business users are needed to supplement traditional BI.”

The study reiterates the predictions of a recent Computerworld report. According to the report, newer self-service BI tools, such as those incorporated in SAP data management solutions, will continue to grow in popularity in 2011.

What do you think? Will BI tools grow as per the projections? Have your say

Samuel

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