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NLP, embedded BI and data literacy top 2020 analytics trends

While 2019 in business intelligence was marked by consolidation and the incremental improvement of augmented intelligence capabilities, 2020 analytics trends are expected to include increased adaptation of embedded BI and a rising level of data literacy across organizations.

The continued improvement of AI features, of course, will also be one of the 2020 analytics trends to watch.

“There’s still no generalized AI, but we’re starting to see it,” said Donald Farmer, principal at TreeHive Strategy. “It was so overhyped, but now we’re seeing generally intelligent assistants.”

Natural language processing

If there’s one AI feature that may become pervasive, it’s natural language processing (NLP).

“There’s a lot of buzz around NLP in BI platforms,” said Mike Leone, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “While it exists today, it’s still in its infancy. I think as the younger workforce continues to fill data-centric roles in organizations, there will be a growing desire to use voice technology. And I say ‘younger’ simply because that demographic is arguably the most adept at relying on voice technology in their everyday lives and will look for ways to use it to boost productivity at work too.”

By translating a vocal query into an SQL query, NLP will allow users to simply speak a data query and receive a vocal response.

It has the potential to significantly simplify data queries, lessening the need for a background in data science and opening data exploration to a wider range of business users.

But barriers still stand between the ideal of NLP and its reality, limited by the level of its machine learning capabilities.

Computers understand highly specific, unambiguous commands — code. They don’t understand human speech, and even when programmed to do so they can’t adjust for variations such as accents or imperfect syntax. Nevertheless, NLP features are appearing, and are expected to become more prominent as 2020 progresses.

Tableau, for example, introduced Ask Data in early 2019 and updated the tool in its November release. ThoughtSpot, meanwhile, unveiled SearchIQ in the fall of 2018. And Qlik acquired CrunchBot in early 2019 to add conversational capabilities.

“Natural language processing has been a trend the last few years, but now it’s reaching critical mass,” Farmer said.

Embedded BI

Another significant 2020 analytics trends is expected to be the expansion of embedded BI.

Eventually, analytics won’t be conducted on a standalone platform — it will be part of other commonplace business applications.

Instead of running reports — asking a data-driven question, sifting through stored data to come up with the relevant information to address the question, cleaning and preparing the data and ultimately creating a visualization based on the relevant information on a BI platform — business users will have key information delivered without ever having to ask for it, and without having to go through an IT department.

Next-generation architecture will tap data in applications, which will make getting real-time information easier. That will change the analytical paradigm.
Dan SommerGlobal market intelligence lead, Qlik

“Next-generation architecture will tap data in applications, which will make getting real-time information easier,” said Dan Sommer, global market intelligence lead at Qlik. “That will change the analytical paradigm. It was about reports once, and increasingly it will be about embedded — insights will come to you in your moment. It will make insights more consumerized — not from IT or developers. Now it will be everyone.”

Similarly, Doug Henschen, analyst at Constellation Research, pointed to embedded BI as a 2020 analytics trends to watch.

“There’s an increasingly popular saying that ‘every company is now a software company,’ but that’s an intentional overstatement pointing to what’s really a leading-edge trend,” he said.

Organizations — innovators and fast-followers — are making use of their data and finding ways to both enrich and monetize that data, he continued.

“A key enabler is embedded BI and analytics platforms that accelerate the development and delivery of data-driven and insight-driven software and services,” Henschen said. “These embedded platforms have been used primarily by independent software and services vendors to date. This more mainstream embrace of embedding is just getting started, and I think we’ll see more of it in 2020 and beyond.”

Data literacy

One more analytics 2020 analytics trend to watch — beyond such known entities as continued migration to the cloud — is the effort to make more of the workforce data literate.

Data literacy — the ability to derive insight from data — has been expanding beyond the realm of data scientists, but it still remains the domain of a minority within most organizations rather than the majority of employees.

“Data literacy as a service [will be a 2020 analytics trend],” Sommer said. “Data literacy is the ability to read, argue and use data, and data literacy has to happen for us to move into the digital stage. Organizations will realize they need help with this.”

Now, in an attempt to increase data literacy, a group of BI vendors are doing more than merely selling their software platforms. They’re also training line-of-business workers in the language of data.

In May of 2019, Qlik, whose research showed only 24% of employees were confident in their ability to effectively utilize data, began offering a free data literacy certification program. The previous October, Tableau, which offers free data literacy training videos, introduced a certification exam for beginners looking to improve their BI skills. And in September, IBM revealed that it certified 140 new data scientists after developing a data scientist certification program in partnership with The Open Group.

Alteryx, meanwhile, operates the Alteryx for Good program, which partners with colleges and universities — Stanford, the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan and Harvard among them — to incorporate data science and analytics into their curriculum.

“I think we’ll see a continued emphasis on enabling the desired visibility [of data],” Leone said, “and enablement of more personas to access data and derive insights.”

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Analyst forecasts the next big things in BI

Consolidation among business intelligence vendors is driven by what’s perceived to be the next big things in BI, and that was the case during the run of merger and acquisition deals during the first half of 2019.

According to Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal consultant of Eckerson Group, self-service analytics was a key part of what made Looker and Tableau attractive to Google and Salesforce, respectively. When the next consolidation wave hits, according to Eckerson, augmented intelligence could be a big driver, as could cloud-based BI tools — and they will be viewed as the next big things in BI.

Eckerson has more than 25 years of experience in the BI software market and is the author of two books — Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders and Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business.

In the second part of a two-part Q&A, Eckerson talks about the driving forces behind the recent merger and acquisition deals, self-service analytics, and what excites him about the future of BI. In the first part, Eckerson discusses the divide between enterprises that use data and those that don’t, as well as the importance of DataOps and data strategies and how they play into the data divide.

Among other trends, a wave of consolidation over the last six to 12 months has left fewer vendors but ones with more end-to-end capabilities. What do you see as the next big things in BI that might spark the next wave?

Headshot of Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal consultant of Eckerson GroupWayne Eckerson

Eckerson: It definitely goes in cycles — we’ve seen this consolidation before. The last big one was in 2007-08 when the three biggest BI players — Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion — were bought by large application vendors SAP, IBM and Oracle, respectively. Usually these cycles are based on the advent of new technology that’s come into the market. In 2002, we moved from client-server to the web, and now we’re in the age of the cloud and self-service, and Looker and Tableau caught the self-service wave with visualization and desktop tools. The next big disruption to the BI market is the cloud. We’re seeing a lag between when these new BI technologies fully maturing on these new platforms and when they get purchased and the market consolidates. If we’re to project out, maybe we’ll see some consolidation around cloud-based, AI-based BI tools where things are much more automated, things are in the cloud, and maybe it’s all embedded and you won’t even notice the BI tools. That’s probably the next wave in five or 10 years.

One thing that jumps out about first Google’s acquisition of Looker and then even more so with Salesforce’s purchase of Tableau is the price. Why are companies suddenly paying so much for BI vendors?

Eckerson: They’ve always gone for a premium, but now the premium is in the billions and not the hundreds of millions. We’re in this data-driven age now, and these are the tools that the business users touch and feel and use, so that maybe gives them a higher premium than middleware or database technology that’s behind the scenes. Tableau has been a meteor, and they probably sold at the right time for them. They’re under duress now from competitors. I think it’s just a testimony to how much data is front and center to the way businesses operate in today’s environment.

Ease of use to make data available to the citizen data scientist has been a significant push. Do you see self-service analytics taking over, or will there always be some things that are just too big and complex for average users and self-service BI will just be part of the picture?

Eckerson: Self-service is an interesting topic because there’s been so much frustration with IT, the IT bottleneck and delivering new applications for analytics that businesses wanted self-service just to get away from IT, but in the end what you really want is a blend of both. There are things that are too complex for the average business person to create on their own. If you want to build an enterprise unit for everybody, no business unit is going to do that alone, so you’d need a central group just for that. And then every division has some complex custom apps that need to be built, so you’ll need a corporate development team to build cutting-edge applications that will really help the company compete. On a day-to-day basis every business unit needs its core data analysts and data scientists to be looking into data to help optimize decisions, help optimize business processes, respond creatively and quickly to events as they happen on the ground, to win business, to avoid losing business, to manage risk — all that stuff. The self-service is really the agile, innovative arm of the business, whereas as the corporate IT team is the run-the-business operational side that will build stuff that’s needed on a long-term basis. You need both sides to operate effectively.

As you analyze the BI industry, what are the next big things in BI that get you excited?

Eckerson: I am excited about AI for BI — it’s really transforming the way people are using data to make decisions, and it’s going to transform these BI tools. Before you needed a hypothesis of what to look for when you’re doing an analysis, and now the tools will dig into the data for you. They’ll do thousands of drill-downs in a matter of seconds and expose and surface only the most relevant correlations for you to look at. That’s pretty interesting. DataOps is pretty interesting, because that will fix the back end — the data that’s being delivered into these analytical tools. I think time-series analytics is the next big wave that we’ll see hit the marketplace. Especially as the internet of things and big data take hold, companies can use time-series analytics to automate decisions. The intersection of time-series analytics, AI and cloud-based computing with its infinite storage and elasticity — the combination of those things is going to bring about a sea change. There’s a lot to be excited about in our space.

Editors’ note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

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2 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100 each BOTH SOLD
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

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I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100 each BOTH SOLD
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100 each BOTH SOLD
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 1 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 1 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 1 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

Price and currency: Various
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SmartBear-Zephyr deal spotlights software quality tools shake-up

Consolidation continues to reshape the software quality tools landscape as vendors seek to wean app dev teams off legacy tools for digital transformation initiatives.

The latest shake-up is SmartBear’s acquisition this week of Zephyr, a San Jose, Calif., maker of real-time test management tools, primarily for Atlassian’s Jira issue tracking tool, and for continuous testing and DevOps. This follows the Somerville, Mass., company’s deal in May to acquire Hiptest, in Besancon, France, to enhance continuous testing for Agile and DevOps teams.

Highlight on support for Atlassian’s Jira

Atlassian, Slack and GitHub provide three of the top ecosystems that developers use for ancillary development tools, said Ryan Lloyd, SmartBear’s vice president of products. Atlassian Marketplace’s overall revenue this past year is $200M, according to Atlassian financial reports. Zephyr for Jira is the top-grossing app on the Atlassian Marketplace, with more than $5 million in revenue since 2012.

Ryan Lloyd, SmartBearRyan Lloyd

Zephyr strengthens SmartBear’s portfolio with native test management inside Jira, and the Zephyr Enterprise product represents a modern replacement for Quality Center, HPE’s former software now owned by Micro Focus, Lloyd said.

Meanwhile, Hiptest supports behavior-driven development, and overlaps a bit with Zephyr, said Thomas Murphy, a Gartner analyst in Spokane, Wash.

SmartBear’s portfolio of software quality tools also includes SoapUI, TestComplete, SwaggerHub, CrossBrowserTesting, Collaborator and AlertSite.

Girding for the competition

SmartBear’s moves echo those of other vendors in the software quality tools space as they fill out their portfolios to attract customers from legacy test suites, such as Micro Focus’ Quality Center and Mercury Interactive, to their platforms, Murphy said. They also want to tap into Jira’s wide adoption and teams that seek to shift to more agile practices in testing.

Other examples in the past year are Austrian firm Tricentis’ acquisition of QASymphony, and Idera, in Houston, which acquired the TestRail and Ranorex Studio test management and automation tools from German firm Gurock Software and Austria’s Ranorex GmbH, respectively.

[Software test vendors] have different tool stacks for different types of users … [but] the more you can drive consistent look and feel that is best, especially as you push from teams up to the enterprise.
Thomas Murphyanalyst, Gartner

However, vendors that assemble tools from acquisitions often end up with overlaps in features and functions, as well as very different user experience environments, Murphy said.

“They have a little feeling that they have different tool stacks for different types of users,” he said. “But I believe the more you can drive consistent look and feel that is best, especially as you push from teams up to the enterprise.”

Test management is a key part of a company’s ability to develop, test and deploy quality software at scale. Modern software quality tools must help organizations transition into a digital transformation, yet continue to adapt to the requirements of cloud scale companies.

“Organizations must get better at automation, they must have tools that support them with figuring out testable requirements on through to code quality testing, unit testing, exploratory testing, functional, automation and performance testing,” Murphy said. “This story has to be built around a continuous quality approach.”