BI Survey Report by The Bloor Group

A New Awareness: The Information Oriented Architecture

Enterprise BI Architecture Survey Infographic

InetSoft sponsored this original research by The Bloor Group. You may register to download the report for free and/or view the recording of the presentation of the findings highlights.

In addition InetSoft has made an interactive visual analysis using our own Visualize Free application to let you explore the answers to questions about technology implementations and plans.

Executive Summary for the Report

The survey asked questions about the maturity of Information Oriented Architecture strategies, use and plans for data management and BI tools, movement toward cloud solutions, top IT-related challenges, and IT and business priorities. Three hundred eighteen enterprises responded from June to October 2011, 39% of which had revenues in excess of US$1B.

The headline finding is that more than half of enterprises (51%) surveyed now have developed an Information Oriented Architecture (IOA), a young concept in the IT field. Another top observation is that a large majority of enterprises (71%) are not yet planning parallel software development projects, such as ones involving Hadoop, despite the high level of buzz for the topic.

Additional interesting discoveries were:

  • The #1 and #2 ranked IT priorities for 2012 were integration with operational processes and self-service BI.

  • Data mashup is a hotter technology than Hadoop. Fourteen percent have already implemented data mashup or data virtualization compared to 7% for Hadoop.

  • Of BI applications, traditional reporting is the most prevalent, having already been deployed by 71% of the survey takers.

  • Dashboards, while not new, have been deployed by 51% and are at the top of the list of "currently being deployed" applications. Predictive analytics scored the highest among "plan to implement." The biggest IT challenges were information silos and data quality.

  • Cloud adoption appears lower than the hype, with only 5% reporting extensive use and 51% with no plans for deployment.

  • Data governance is growing in prominence. While only 17% of respondents have a program in place, 21% are currently in the implementation phase, with another 36% planning to do so. Only 27% have no plans.

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