Consumerization of Apps Spreads to Business Intelligence

This paper on the consumerization of apps by Bill French, founder of iPadCTO demonstrated a rapid slide toward apps as a second wave of IT upheaval. If true, companies will need to not only deal with consumerization of mobile hardware and personal provisioning, but user provisioning of apps themselves.

On the heels of this paper which foretells the coming consumerization of apps, today I saw a promotional email from QlikTech (the makers of the iPad BI app QlikView) and the subject line promoting their new white paper says:

“White Paper – BI as easy as consumer apps”

As evidenced by their attached white paper (and subject line), now the bigger BI players are consumerizing themselves. I guess Bill’s white paper is spot on – apps are now officially the second wave of consumerization.

As the QlikTech email promotion accurately states,

Traditional BI solutions delivered the same thing for years: static monitoring reports that addressed only a fixed set of predetermined questions. But suddenly there’s a radical shift shaking things up, and the force behind the transformation has caught many by surprise.  The QlikView white paper, Business Discovery: Powerful, User-Driven BI explains how empowered consumers are demanding the same functionality at work that they get from their personal technology.

Hmmm… “… consumers are demanding the same functionality at work that they get from their personal technology.” Let that sink in for a minute.

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