Rather than going with the usual, ubiquitous, and often (yawn) repetitive top 10 BI predictions for the next year, we thought wed try something different. After all, didnt the cult movie Highlander prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that in the end there will be only one? And didnt the Lord Of The Rings saga convince us that we need one prediction to rule them all? The proposed top BI prediction for 2014 rests on the following indisputable facts:
Business and IT are not aligned. Business and IT stakeholders still have a huge BI disconnect (after all these years what a shocker!). This is not surprising. Business users mostly care about their requirements, which are driven by their roles and responsibilities, daily tasks, internal processes, and dealings with customers (who have neither patience nor interest in enterprises internal rules, policies, and processes). These requirements often trump IT goals and objectives to manage risk and security and be frugal and budget minded by standardizing, consolidating, and rationalizing platforms. Alas, these goals and objective often take business and IT in different directions.
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