By James Hickman, Managing Director
South Africa Qlik Master Reseller
Technology is not only changing at an exponential rate, it’s creating shifts in power too. Today, he who holds the information holds the power – and this is the key driver of innovation in this data age.
Shifting the Power Back
If information is power, it’s essential that technology providers develop the necessary software to establish a level playing field. The goal is to decentralise data ownership, empower the masses, and ensure that data is used as a force for democracy, collaboration, innovation, equality, and progress.
In a recent Qlik Webinar, Dan Sommer, Senior Director: Market Intelligence Lead at Qlik, confirmed that “Today’s modern BI platforms have carried us part of the way there. Going forward, we need a postmodern analytic platform built to prevent power from being consolidated in the hands of the few and designed to distribute data, analytics, and insights at the fingertips of the many.”
What Does Post-Modern Analytics Look Like?
Sommer believes that, in the BI of the future, postmodern analytics platforms must include 10 key virtues:
- Multi-cloud, hybrid, and edge will form a continuum:
In 2019, platforms will emerge that can handle multi-cloud, hybrid, and edge as a continuum rather than separate efforts.
- Workloads (not just data) will be distributed:
In 2019 the majority of enterprise architects at leading organisations will view microservices and container-orchestration as critical architectural components of BI and analytics platforms.
- Centralised data will be replaced by a single view of all data:
In 2019, focus will shift from bringing all data together into one place to getting a single view of all data.
- Analytics embedded in the process will reshape the process:
In 2019, analytics will be more pervasive in the process, ultimately even re-shaping the process.
- External innovation will outpace internal innovation by double:
In 2019, the market will conclude that open APIs and extensions are a necessity, as innovation from open platforms with ecosystems will outpace those with only internal innovation by a factor of 2X.
- Performance and scale will re-take center stage:
In 2019, performance and scalability will re-take center stage in enterprise selection criteria.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) will make analytics more human, not less:
In 2019 and beyond, AI designed around people will have a higher impact than AI that takes people out of the process.
- Visualisation, conversation and presentation technologies will merge:
In 2019, we’ll see convergence among visual, conversational, and presentation technologies, facilitating persuasive storytelling.
- Data literacy will become a KPI:
In 2019, Data Literacy will become a key performance indicator (KPI) for the enterprise; a necessary skill for employment and career advancement.
- Platforms will evolve into systems:
In 2019, platforms will evolve into virtuous systems, feeding off participation.
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