Gartner says worldwide business intelligence software revenue to grow 7% in 2013

March 4, 2013

Worldwide business intelligence (BI) software revenue will reach US$13.8 billion in 2013, a seven percent increase from 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. The market is forecast to reach US$17.1 billion by 2016.

In Australia, business intelligence software revenue is forecast to reach A$475.6 million in 2013, up 9.5 percent over last year. Gartner expects New Zealand BI software revenue to reach NZ$75.1 million this year, up 8.4 percent from 2012.

“BI and analytics have grown to become the fourth-largest application software segment as end users continue to prioritise BI and information-centric projects and spending to improve decision making and analysis,” said Dan Sommer, principal research analyst at Gartner. “As more and more information is generated, business models need reinvention, and it’s increasingly clear that mastering analytics on big data will be a key driver for the next economic cycle”.

CIO appetite for BI is complemented by more-tactical buying in business units for departmental and workgroup analysis, as well as for personal BI, enabled by the Nexus of Forces (cloud, mobile, social and information). These are fundamental drivers. However, in the near term, growth will be hampered by sluggish macroindicators, as well as by slowing sales cycles of multimillion-dollar end-to-end BI deals. Compared with 2011 growth of 16 percent, 2013 and the coming years are expected to be slower, with growth in the high single digits.

“Although this is a mature market and has been a top CIO priority for years, there is still a lot of unmet demand. Every company has numerous subject areas — such as HR, marketing, social and so on — that have yet to even start with BI and analytics,” said Kurt Schlegel, research vice president at Gartner. “The descriptive analytics have largely been completed for most large companies in traditional subject areas, such as finance and sales, but there is still a lot of growth expected for diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive deployments. Since many midsize enterprises have yet to even start their BI and analytic initiatives, we expect the market for BI and analytics platforms will remain one of the fastest-growing software markets”.

The emerging data-as-a-service trend could significantly grow the market for BI and analytics platforms. Today, the business model is largely “build” driven in that organisations license software capabilities to build analytic applications. However, organisations increasingly will subscribe to industry-specific data services that bundle a narrow set of data with BI and analytic capabilities embedded. In time, most companies, regardless of their business model, will need to provide a data-as-a-service offering. Therefore, this trend has the potential to grow the market significantly as a range of vendors look to embed a BI and analytic platform provider’s software capabilities into their data-as-a-service offerings.

More detailed analysis is available in the reports “Forecast Analysis: Enterprise Application Software, Worldwide, 2011-2016, 4Q12 Update” and “Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and “Analytics Platforms”. The reports are available on Gartner’s website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=2323315 and http://www.gartner.com/resId=2326815, respectively.

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Dr Terry Percival, Director Broadband and the Digital Economy, NICTA