Gartner projects that by 2016, 70 percent of leading BI vendors will have incorporated natural-language and spoken-word capabilities. This is consistent with things I have been learning from leaders in this space like Thetus, Cloudera and Datameer. Here is more from their 24 January 2013 release on the topic:
By 2016, 70 percent of leading BI vendors will have incorporated natural-language and spoken-word capabilities.
BI/analytics vendors continue to be slow in providing language- and voice-enabled applications. In their rush to port their applications to mobile and tablet devices, BI vendors have tended to focus only on adapting their traditional BI point-and-click and drag-and-drop user interfaces to touch-based interfaces. Over the next few years, BI vendors are expected to start playing a quick game of catch-up with the virtual personal assistant market. Initially, BI vendors will enable basic voice commands for their standard interfaces, followed by natural language processing of spoken or text input into SQL queries. Ultimately, "personal analytic assistants" will emerge that understand user context, offer two-way dialogue, and (ideally) maintain a conversational thread.
"Many of these technologies can and will underpin these voice-enabled analytic capabilities, rather than BI vendors or enterprises themselves developing them outright," said Douglas Laney, research vice president at Gartner."
Gartner provides more detailed analysis in their report titled "Predicts 2013: Business Intelligence and Analytics Need to Scale Up to Support Explosive Growth in Data Sources." The report is available on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=2269516.
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