The BI Collaboration Challenge

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 10-25-2013 Email Print this article Print

One of the larger assumptions that IT organizations make is that end users want to collaborate with each other within the context of the business intelligence (BI) application they are using. But a new global survey of 1,182 IT and business executives conducted by Dresner Advisory Services suggests that interest in collaboration within the BI environment may not be as high a priority as one might think. In terms of strategic BI features, collaboration ranked much lower than 11 other BI attributes. As a result, it appears that vendors are now increasingly including collaboration capabilities within their applications as a way to both drum up interest and acknowledge the fact that collaboration capabilities should be seen as a standard feature. Even then, end users are making it clear they are using existing communication tools to share BI files, which may be as much a matter of habit as it is preference. CIOs, of course, may prefer that users invoke the collaboration capabilities within the application for any number of reasons, ranging from compliance to e-mail storage. But no matter how strong the case for collaboration with BI applications, making it happen is likely to remain an uphill climb.

  • Strategic BI Technologies

    Collaboration is not ranked as critically important as other BI technologies, landing in the 12th spot with 62%. Dashboards: 95%, End user self-service: 91%, Advanced visualization: 84%, Data Warehousing: 82%, Integration with operational processes: 82%, Data discovery: 80%
    1-Strategic BI Technologies
  • Importance of Collaborative Business Intelligence

    Surprisingly, the importance of collaborative BI dropped in 2013 compared to 2012. Very important: 28%, Important: 27%, Somewhat important: 22%, Not important: 16%, Critical: 11 %
    2-Importance of Collaborative Business Intelligence
  • Method of BI Collaboration in Use Today

    Based on a scale of 1 to 4.5, embedded collaboration features are less popular than other modes of collaboration. E-mail: 4.1, Face-to-face: 3.9, Telephone calls: 3.7, Virtual meetings: 3.5, File sharing: 3.1, App-based collaboration features: 3.1
    3-Method of BI Collaboration in Use Today
  • Top Five BI Collaboration Feature Requirements

    Follow BI Objects jumped to the number two slot in 2013. Annotate BI objects: 3.7, Follow BI objects: 3.5, Co-Author BI objects: 2.9, Share BI objects: 3.4, Collaborate around topics: 3.3
    4-Top Five BI Collaboration Feature Requirements
  • Importance of Enterprise Collaborative Frameworks

    There's a slight decline year-over-year on a mean of 3.5. 2013: 3.44, 2012: 3.47
    5-Importance of Enterprise Collaborative Frameworks
  • Importance of BI Integration With Collaboration Framework Features

    Users are tapping into a full range of collaboration platforms. Ability to reference and search BI data: 83%, Ability to analyze and audit decision process: 82%, Extend sharing: 82%, Structured workflow: 81%, Inclusion with other BI objects: 81%, Ad hoc workflow: 80%
    6-Importance of BI Integration With Collaboration Framework Features
  • BI Vendors Not Charging for Collaboration Tools

    Collaboration tools within BI applications are now much more expected to be included. 2013: 87%, 2012: 78%
    7-BI Vendors Not Charging for Collaboration Tools
  • Most Widely Supported Enterprise Collaboration Frameworks by BI Vendors

    Microsoft Yammer is the fastest growing collaboration framework. 1.Microsoft SharePoint, 2. Google Docs, 3. Salesforce Chatter, 4. Dropbox, 5. Box, 6. Microsoft Yammer
    8-Most Widely Supported Enterprise Collaboration Frameworks by BI Vendors
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.


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