November 21, 2011

Analytic trends in 2012: Q&A

As a new year approaches, it’s the season for lists, forecasts and general look-ahead. Press interviews of that nature have already begun. And so I’m working on a trilogy of related posts, all based on an inquiry about hot analytic trends for 2012.

This post is a moderately edited form of an actual interview. Two other posts cover analytic trends to watch (planned) and analytic vendor execution challenges to watch (already up).

Question: What do you think will happen next year with the Tableaus of the world?


Question: What do you mean by “enterprise-friendly”?

Answer: An example would be QlikTech no longer forcing you to use their native ETL, but rather working with Informatica and soon other third-party products. Also important can be:

Question: What does HP have to do to be relevant in analytics/data warehousing?

Answer: Avoid stupidity. HP Vertica is already relevant.

Question: OK. But what can HP do to build on Vertica?

Answer: HP — which botched Exadata 1 hardware — could do a good job with SAP HANA or other kinds of appliance products.


Question: You expressed some skepticism toward mobile BI/use cases. Why so?

Answer: The form factor hurts functionality a lot, so it’s only worthwhile in cases where timeliness is key.

And without more refined alert-setting functionality, it’s hard to think of that many cases.

Note: My views on mobile BI haven’t changed much since July, 2010.

Question: What about the idea of an enterprise being able to pay-per-drink to run jobs on an analytic cluster. Do you expect that concept to have any legs in 2012?

Answer: While other kinds of SaaS (Software as a Service) BI might make sense, remote computing BI that focuses on hardware cost sharing is problematic. Moving data in and out of the cluster is a big part of the overall cost, at least if you plan to process it only occasionally once it gets there. I haven’t seen a plan yet that gets around that point.


4 Responses to “Analytic trends in 2012: Q&A”

  1. Some big-vendor execution questions, and why they matter : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on November 21st, 2011 6:01 am

    […] I drafted a list of key analytics-sector issues in honor of look-ahead season, the first item was “execution of various big vendors’ ambitious initiatives”. […]

  2. Matt on February 13th, 2013 2:14 pm

    It would be great if you could do a post like this for 2013, as well as maybe revisit your 2012 forecast with commentary.

  3. Curt Monash on February 13th, 2013 6:59 pm

    Hi Matt,

    I did do a 2013 trends post, namely

  4. Curt Monash on February 13th, 2013 7:01 pm

    As for this one, I was too negative on mobile BI. It’s a major trend, deservedly or not. I think I’ve posted about that a couple of times.

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