What will redefine BI in 2017


We live in exciting times for BI. There has been at least a decade since we saw so much disruptiveness on this industry: AI agents that give business advices, voice interfaces, automatic generated visualizations, self-preparation data… The way we interact with data is changing for good and we just can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring us. With the help of our partners ImproveCX and TechStorm we predicted the Business Intelligence trends for the next year.

Here are five trends that stand out:


From Tony Smith, Chief Growth Officer with TechStorm:

1 – It’s All About Me

Data is no longer owned by IT. Business users demand access to data without having make laborious requests to get what they need. ‘‘Don’t show me someone else’s data unless I need it. Everything I access should be 100% relevant to my needs’’. Smart organisations will fulfill these demands.


2 – The Rise of the Robot

No longer the stuff of Sci-fi writers, AI is here and will change how we use data in an increasingly cognitive way. So, think Push instead of Pull, think the ability to have the Data analysed by your own personal Data Scientist, real-time


From Raj Patel and Sam Nanji, ImproveCX co-founders:

3 – Internet of all Things

IoT has been accelerated by the internet, mobile/sensor devices, cloud services and applications, means gathering of this data, mining for insights and then taking action has become imperative.

In 2017, companies will need to:
• React to new and changing trends fast
• Understand customer behaviours
• Create data-driven products & services


4 – New interfaces, new ways to access data

Voice, Gesture, AR, and VR will drive user experiences as more users are talking and swiping than mousing and typing. Cognitive and behavioural models and integrated practices create smart interfaces that adapt presentations to context and anticipate our next desire.


From Paulo Gomes, Wizdee CEO:

5 – Automatic generated data visualization

Conversational/voice interfaces seem to be the newest and easiest way to perform analytics. In 2017 the number of vendors offering this kind of solution should increase significantly. This requires visualisations to be automatically generated, instead of having users to drag and drop metrics to create a chart. It’s a significant change, specially because all the major BI vendors are still limited to the second option.


Those are just five of our predictions for 2017. Download the eBook below to get the full set and a deeper view on each trend.


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