A crystal ball

It seems that it’s very hip to make predictions; from ending of civilisation to fiscal cliffs, to Katie Price’s next marriage. Didn’t feel like being left out – so here is my tuppence.

– A gap will start to appear between those companies that see the possibilities in data & information as a strategic advantage, and those that don’t. Early adopters who can deliver real business value with new technologies will be differentiated by their thinking and stories.

– More businesses will look to realise definable business benefits from the data & information they carry. The Business will seek to gain more control from the IT departments and look beyond tools and technology to creating real value.

– Decision support will become a much bigger focus of conversation in realising the potential of mobility and analytics. Focusing on leading and actionable information will start to fill a gap that exists amongst the myriad of reports and data ‘pushed’ to decision makers.

– ‘Content is king’ – a way of defining the importance of what information and data can do for a business. No visualisation, exploration, or analytic tool will deliver value without the right thinking and alignment with corporate goals. Businesses will spend more time looking to assess their data according to business goals rather than by systems and storage.

– Consumer-driven behaviour will drive application development as more and more potential for analytics, decision support and insight is delivered in a self-service format. Disruptive innovation will drive more user adoption than the heavy weight enterprise applications.

– Social enterprise in its truest sense will create the kind of collaborative and cross-function intelligence that is missing in most large enterprises. Information will flow more freely as the vertical stack is knocked down to create a horizontal value stream of reporting, insight and analytics from multiple view points.

– Information Governance will be raised in profile as the potential value of data is limited by the lack of senior level ownership of this crucial activity. More data sources, diverse data locations and richer potential will need the kind of governance frameworks that can create a scalable, relevant structure.

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