Thursday, July 9, 2009

BI Mashup Maturity Model

James Kobielus wrote a nice piece today in the Forrester's corporate blog, about the adoption of mashups in BI, which Forrester sees as the new paradigm for truly pervasive decision-support systems. He commented that Forrester has developed a BI maturity model, and the BI mashup can leverage the in-memory BI clients, semantic virtualization layers, data federation middleware, automated data discovery, and other next-generation BI tools and platforms. According Kobielus, Forrester sees the BI industry converging toward as mashup-oriented architecture over the coming 2-3 years. It is the subject of his forthcoming Forrester report: “Mighty Mashups: Do-It-Yourself Business Intelligence for the New Economy.”

They defined a BI maturity model that encompasses the following four levels:

- Level 1: Lightweight presentation mashup against transactional applications: This basic maturity level is for companies that have no prior BI or EDW; have little in-house BI expertise; and are comfortable with allowing casual users to use their browsers to customize parameterized reports from data from packaged business applications.

- Level 2: Deep presentation mashup against EDW: This level is for organization that do have prior BI and centralized EDWs, but have an understaffed BI development group and/or power users and data modelers urgently require the ability to mashup and explore historical and current data within sophisticated BI workspaces.

- Level 3: Full BI mashup in federated environment: This level is for organizations that have decentralized, dynamic data management environments, and have the expertise to design reusable, composite data services to seamlessly mashup internal and external information.

- Level 4: Full collaborative mashup with IT governance: This level is for organizations that want to encourage subject matter experts and operational users to collaborate on analytics created through mashup, but who are also concerned that all mashups be controlled, governed, and monitored in accordance with enterprise policies and best practices.

"BI mashup has such a strong business case that we’re confident it’s more than simply a “down economy” theme. It will almost certainly grow in importance for information and knowledge management professionals as the economy improves," he said.

This is a nice post, the mashups are an interesting approach to use in BI, increasingly embedded with the concepts of Web 2.0, with tools more interactive, collaborative and allowing self-service development.

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