The CIO focus on business intelligence and analytics will likely continue through 2017, according to Gartner Inc. The research firm says the benefits of fact-based decision-making are clear to business managers in a broad range of disciplines, including marketing, sales, supply chain management, manufacturing, engineering, risk management, finance and human resources.

"Major changes are imminent to the world of BI and analytics, including the dominance of data discovery techniques, wider use of real-time streaming event data and the eventual acceleration in BI and analytics spending when big data finally matures," Roy Schulte, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "As the cost of acquiring, storing and managing data continues to fall, companies are finding it practical to apply BI and analytics in a far wider range of situations."

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