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Analytics and Business Intelligence: BI Platforms Target Skills Gap with AI and Sophisticated Self-Serve Analytics

By Dick Weisinger

Gartner recommends businesses begin looking past just analytics dashboards and standard visualizations when using Business Intelligence (BI).  As the market matures, software is becomming smarter, more scalable, and able to support complex analysis and data models, but delivered in a more easily human consumable way.

Gartner expects that within two years, 90 percent of BI platforms will use artificial intelligence (AI).  Half of all BI queries will be natural-language or voice-based queries.  Improvements in BI will enable automated advanced analytics and visual-based data discovery.  These changes will also allow the number of BI users to increase substantially.

The number of “citizen data scientists” within organizations is expected to grow by a factor of five over the next two years.  These “citizens” typically don’t have formal training in data science and statistics, but new features added to analytics packages make the software increasingly accessible to these lay users.

The Gartner report found that “for the small, but growing, group of data-minded users who want to go beyond visualizing data, modern A&BI platforms have begun to offer more sophisticated analytic techniques, but packaged for self-service use. This capability, called Advanced Analytics for Citizen Data Scientists, is becoming of increased importance as organizations become more data-centered.

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