While we are spending time with our customers, we gain valuable insight into BI and ERP goals and objectives. One topic that has been of critical importance as we start 2016 is the continuing evolution of Business Intelligence in the manufacturing enterprise. As a developer of manufacturing ERP and BI solutions, we rely on our customers to guide us and help to shape those solutions. But it also gives us a vision of where our customers see trends and patterns when it comes to data analytics and the consumption of information. Sure, it’s “big data” but our focus is on how to mine that big data and then what to offer our customers in terms of tools to work with those results. For 2016 we wanted to get a sense of goals, objectives and trends.
In general, our findings show further expansion of true end user, empowering tools to transform raw data into meaningful and useful information. In 2016, BI has left the IT department and is now firmly in the hands of the data consumers. In previous years, companies would give their end user / consumer community the ability to define the metrics, facts and dimensions and then it was left to a technical resource to produce the desired output. No longer; users have consistently demanded end user tools for true self-service development of “ad hoc” reports. That is now a reality and there are few signs of a reduction in such demands.