IT needs to prepare for a major shift in how business intelligence is delivered and used within companies, according to analyst Gartner.
"The market for BI and analytics is undergoing gradual evolution," said Neil Chandler, research director at Gartner.
"By 2014, the metamorphosis of BI from IT-owned and report-centric will be virtually complete for a large number of organisations.
"These organisations will change what types of BI and analytics they use. They will change how they procure them and where they procure them from, and they will modify how information feeds decision making. BI and analytics leaders should embrace the technology, market and management trends that will transform this field within a few years."
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In its Predicts 2011: New Relationships Will Change BI and Analytics report Gartner has predicted that by 2013 33% of BI functionality will be consumed via handheld devices.
The computational power of analytical applications will increase by 2014 to such an extent that 30% will require in-memory databases to improve performance, according to Gartner.
Analytic applications will use in-memory functions to add scale and computational speed and 30% of analytic applications will use proactive, predictive and forecasting capabilities.
Gartner also predicted that BI will increasingly be built into systems.