Cloud Computing and Advanced Analytics moved to the head of the class at the Gartner Symposium last week with the IT analyst firm ranking these the top two most important trends for 2010. Although “business intelligence” was renamed as analytics for the coming year’s Top Ten List, analyst David Cearley and others see a combination of trends that make analytics more flexible thanks to anywhere-computing and other technology changes at large companies.
Cloud-based applications are just part of the landscape, as employees ask for seamless experiences at home, on-the-road when they need to interact with company data and IT systems. The Gartner event drew about 1,500 CIOs from large corporations and explored issues such as Green IT which ranked fourth overall. Companies are not only seeking greater IT efficiency and managing costs they are looking for those savings to yield competitive edge — and Gartner renamed the phenomenon IT FOR GREEN — reflecting the need for efficiency in all aspects of the business, Cearley said.
Tallying the costs of electrical , online access or other expenses and analyzing the payback calls for some serious real-time data visualization and business intelligence application , sorry “Advanced Analytics.”
Whatever you call it, the results can be dramatic.
For example, analytics can improve the efficiency of transportation of goods. There are reasons to extend analytics throughout an organization and even beyond – opening up to suppliers, consumers and those outside your network.
He even sees applications for mobile devices. “That has great potential for creating different experience or stickiness for your customers,” Cearley told CNET.
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