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Emerging Technologies and Methods: An Overview in 25 Tweets

Blog by Philip Russom
Research Director for Data Management, TDWI

To help you better understand what today’s emerging technologies and methods (ETMs) are – especially those related to business intelligence, analytics, and data warehousing – I’d like to share with you the series of 25 tweets I recently issued on the topic. I think you’ll find the tweets interesting, because they provide an overview of ETMs in a form that’s compact, yet amazingly comprehensive.

Each tweet below is a short sound bite or stat bite drawn from the recent TDWI report “Emerging Technologies for Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Warehousing,” which I researched and wrote with my colleagues David Stodder and Fern Halper. Many of the tweets focus on a statistic cited in the report, while other tweets are definitions stated in the report.

I left in the arcane acronyms, abbreviations, and incomplete sentences typical of tweets, because I think that all of you already know them or can figure them out. Even so, I deleted a few tiny URLs, hashtags, and repetitive phrases. I issued the tweets in groups, on related topics; so I’ve added some headings to this blog to show that organization. Otherwise, these are raw tweets.

Examples of Emerging Technologies and Methods (ETMs)

1. Most Emerging Techs & Methods (#ETMs) fall into 3 layers of BI, #analytics & #EDW tech stack.

2. #ETMs for #BI include #DataViz, #DataExploration, #DataPrep, #Dashboards, #MashUps, #MobileBI.

3. #ETMs for #Analytics operate on data from #SocialMedia, #IoT, streams, #MachineData.

4. #ETMs for #DataMgt include #Hadoop, #ApacheSpark, #NoSQL, in-DBMS #analytics, in-mem DBMS, columnar.

Examples of Emerging Methods and Platforms

5. #EmergingMethods include agile & lean dev methods applied to whole BI/DW/#analytics tech stack.

6. Other #EmergingMethods include #CompetencyCenters, #CollaborativeBI, #StoryTelling, #DataGovernance.

7. Emerging platforms include many types of clouds, #SaaS, #OpenSource, appliances...

The Importance of ETMs

8. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: Emerging Techs & Methods (#ETMs) are very important (53%) or somewhat (39%).

9. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: Emerging Techs & Methods (#ETMs) are opportunity to compete, evolve, perform (79%).

10. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: Two-thirds of respondents (64%) already have #ETMs in production.
Benefits and Barriers for ETMs

11. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: Top benefits of #ETMs = competitiveness, decision support, biz performance, innovation.

12. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: Top barriers to #ETMs = LACK of skills, budgets, biz value, innovation.

13. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: Other barriers to #ETMs = poor state of IT infrastructure & poor #DataGovernance.

User Satisfaction with Current State of ETMs

14. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: 41% dissatisfied with their enterprise adoption of Emerging Techs & Methods (#ETMs).

15. Adoption of agile development methods is one of strongest trends in BI, #analytics, #EDW today.

16. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: 55% dissatisfied with time required of development for BI, #analytics, #DataMgt.

User Success with Current State of ETMs

17. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: Users successful with #ETMs for #SelfServiceBI (54%) & #DataPrep (50%).

18. #Hadoop & #NoSQL #ETMs are challenging for tools & apps built for relational data.

Emerging Data Types for Analytics

19. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: 84% analyze structured data today. Suprising that 16% are not; maybe text analytics?

20. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: #IoT data used by <20% of respondents today, but 40% more will use within 3 years.

21. Other data sources poised for growth = Machine data (sensors, devices) & #RealTime #EventStreaming.

22. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: In clouds, users already do #EDW (35%), #Analytics (31%), sandbox (29%), DataInt (24%).

23. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: 49% have production #PredictiveAnalytics today; another 39% will in 3 yrs.

ETMs for Data Warehousing & Data Management

24. #TDWI SURVEY SEZ: 3-yr hi growth in #DataMgt #ETMs = #RealTime, streams, #DataPrep, #Hadoop, #CloudDW.

25. Top security #ETMs for #DataMgt = #DataProtection (encrypt, mask, token), not just user name/pswd.

Want to learn more about Emerging Technologies and Methods (ETMs)?

For a more detailed discussion – in a traditional publication! – get the TDWI Best Practices Report, titled “Emerging Technologies for Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Warehousing,” which is available in a PDF file via a free download

You can also register for and replay the TDWI Webinar, where David Stodder, Fern Halper, and I discuss the findings of the TDWI report.

Posted by Philip Russom, Ph.D. on November 9, 2015


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