Bring your own technology (BYOT) schemes are set to drive the future of business intelligence (BI) development, a former Microsoft BI employee has said.
Speaking to CIO Australia about the future of BI, QlikView Product Advocate, Donald Farmer, said such developments will not be driven by the desires of IT departments, but rather by the technology that employees are bringing into the workplace.
“IT departments will see their role change from choosing, deploying and building all the BI solutions to being the providers of quality data and services,” Farmer said.
“We are seeing 'the end of the end user', and by that I simply mean that users are now so empowered with tools for working with data, visualisation and collaboration that everyone is really the start of a new process.”
Rather than continuing to take a top-down approach to BI deployments, Farmer said CIOs must begin to adapt to new models of deployment.
"If old BI was top-down, it would be easy to say that new is simply bottom-up," he said.
"However, I expect it will be much more diverse than that.
“New BI will be top-down for some central functions like master data; bottom-up as users select their own tool of choice; successful tools will spread horizontally as users share their techniques; vertical apps and dashboards will be adopted and modified across department boundaries.”
BYOT schemes are on the rise in Australia, with a new survey this month revealing that 90 per cent of Australian CIOs are mindful their employees are using personally-owned devices in the workplace, as a renewed interest in BI was reported by Gartner.
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