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BI/Analytics #1 Investment in 2016

analytics performance How data analytics will increase employee performance in 2016

BI and data analytics is once again the #1 priority for UK business leaders for 2016. Research carried out in 2015 showed that top performing companies are 75% more likely to use predictive analytics and those investing in predictive analytics have increased their operating margins and have boosted productivity by 150%.

This year, however, companies are looking for new ways to transform their businesses using data and analytics to get the insights that will empower all their employees to make the best decisions right across the business. In order for this to happen, employees need to invest in themselves to become the sought-after person who can use modern tools to analyse data to find the important insights that will help make their department run more effectively. Cloud analytics and on-premises BI offerings are two such tools which will empower employees in 2016

Cloud analytics is fast, delivering insights more or less instantly, using completely up to date data. Forget traditional Business Intelligence and analytics, with their backwards-looking reports and ‘this is what happened last week, or last month’ approach. Cloud analytics delivers answers on demand. This is done by leveraging the power of fast and powerful cloud-based servers.

The interesting thing is that Microsoft pre-empted this new area of growth for 2015 with the introduction of on premises BI offerings across SQL Server, Datazen, R, Excel and free Power Bi Desktop. In late December 2015, SQL Server 2016 was released. The public Microsoft roadmap for on-premises BI predicted the following:

Microsoft Power BI Desktop publishing to on-premises SQL Server Reporting Services is planned for 2016. This means customers with SQL Server 2016+ will be empowered to share free self-service Power BI Desktop reports on-premises via SQL Server Reporting Services portal or other web portals like SharePoint with embedding. This will facilitate the roll out of modernizsed, governed on-premises self-service BI powered by Microsoft technologies. The end result will be huge cost savings and by streamlining cluttered BI portfolios by running reports and analytics against cloud-based data warehouses.

The future looks incredibly exciting with analytics, but in order to succeed in this environment, employees must adopt an entrepreneurial mind-set that will enable them to be a powerful force of change within their organisation.

Steve Munro – Agile Recruitment Ltd

Agile Recruitment is a specialist in the Information Management sector, providing contract and permanent recruitment solutions across the UK.  Our mission is to provide unparalleled client and candidate service with tailored individual solutions based on the individual needs of each situation using our deep rooted expertise in the sector.

If you’re working within BI / large-scale Data Analytics  and are looking to hire for your team or looking for your next opportunity, please call us on 0161 416 6633 or email