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BiModal BI

by Brian Rimes

Apr 23, 2015

Throughout the 2015 Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit last month in Las Vegas, one common theme emerged: Bimodal Business Intelligence, but what exactly does that mean?

The premise of Bimodal BI defines the need for organizations to evolve traditional BI processes to integrate data discovery capabilities.

Gartner Research Director, Dan Sommer, remarked in his keynote address, “We are living in a world of 50% and we need to expand our thinking… More than half of investments in BI goes to data discovery. But the other 50% is still about BI dashboards."

As business units become increasingly involved in establishing BI initiatives, more power has been placed in the hands of business users. Dan went on to state that half of all BI projects are now initiated by LOB Executives, not IT. This shift towards self-service analytics is forcing organizations to no longer simply look internally at centralized enterprise information, but to explore decentralized data and even external data.

This fundamental shift in the BI decision maker is driving the steady influx of data discovery tools into the market. However, according to Gartner, large BI investments do not yet reflect this shift. Data discovery tools are not yet beating out the megavendors when it comes to large enterprise investments, though this may not be the case for long. 45% of organizations already have bimodal capabilities and that number will only continue to grow.

The lag in market share may be due to concerns surrounding data governance and security. It’s widely believed that this trend toward self-service analytics is creating internal dissonance by moving away from the coveted single version of the truth.

Overall, the rapid growth and collective appeal of data discovery tools are putting pressure on the traditional BI megavendors to answer for both modes. The next year could bring drastic change in the BI market as technology leaders evolve to answer the self-service call.

Such change can already be seen in the recent partnership between Birst and Tableau, which was announced just weeks following the summit’s closing ceremonies. More can be read about this recent partnership on CCG’s blog.