13 June, 2017
Microsoft Widens Business Intelligence Approach — Is Everyone A Business Analyst Now?
In the future, everyone will be a business analyst. Well, not exactly, workers will actually carry on being salespeople, dentists, pharmaceutical research specialists, children’s entertainers, accountants and cakemakers. To be clearer then… in the future, everyone will have access to a degree of business analytics embedded inside the everyday software applications that they use on day-to-day basis. This is the way so-called Business Intelligence (BI) is going and every major IT vendor has a stake in this market.
When we talk about BI in this sense, we are of course referring to business ‘dashboards’ (not unlike the speedometer dials in an automobile) that display core enterprise performance metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). A good BI dashboard will be fully customizable so that users can a) arrange the screen in the way they want and, more fundamentally, b) choose which data streams from which departments or line of business functions are presented in summary graphical form.