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The most primitive method of forecasting is guessing. The result may be rated acceptable if the person making the guess is an expert in the matter.
Ajay- people will forecast in end 2010 and 2011. many of them will get forecasts wrong, some very wrong, but by Dec 2011 most of them would be writing forecasts on 2012. almost no one will get called on by irate users-readers- (hey you got 4 out of 7 wrong last years forecast!) just wont happen. people thrive on hope. so does marketing. in 2011- and before
and some forecasts from Tom Davenport’s The International Institute for Analytics (IIA) at
Regulatory and privacy constraints will continue to hamper growth of marketing analytics.
(I wonder how privacy and analytics can co exist in peace forever- one view is that model building can use anonymized data suppose your IP address was anonymized using a standard secret Coco-Cola formula- then whatever model does get built would not be of concern to you individually as your privacy is protected by the anonymization formula)
Anyway- back to the question I asked-
What are the top 5 events in your industry (events as in things that occured not conferences) and what are the top 3 trends in 2011.
I define my industry as being online technology writing- research (with a heavy skew on stat computing)
My top 5 events for 2010 were-
1) Consolidation- Big 5 software providers in BI and Analytics bought more, sued more, and consolidated more. The valuations rose. and rose. leading to even more smaller players entering. Thus consolidation proved an oxy moron as total number of influential AND disruptive players grew.
2) Cloudy Computing- Computing shifted from the desktop but to the mobile and more to the tablet than to the cloud. Ipad front end with Amazon Ec2 backend- yup it happened.
3) Open Source grew louder- yes it got more clients. and more revenue. did it get more market share. depends on if you define market share by revenues or by users.
Both Open Source and Closed Source had a good year- the pie grew faster and bigger so no one minded as long their slices grew bigger.
4) We didnt see that coming –
Technology continued to surprise with events (thats what we love! the surprises)
Revolution Analytics broke through R’s Big Data Barrier, Tableau Software created a big Buzz, Wikileaks and Chinese FireWalls gave technology an entire new dimension (though not universally popular one).
people fought wars on emails and servers and social media- unfortunately the ones fighting real wars in 2009 continued to fight them in 2010 too
SAP,SAS,IBM,Oracle,Google,Microsoft made more money than ever before. Only Facebook got a movie named on itself. Venture Capitalists pumped in money in promising startups- really as if in a hurry to park money before tax cuts expired in some countries.
2011 Top Three Forecasts
1) Surprises- Expect to get surprised atleast 10 % of the time in business events. As internet grows the communication cycle shortens, the hype cycle amplifies buzz-
more unstructured data is created (esp for marketing analytics) leading to enhanced volatility
2) Growth- Yes we predict technology will grow faster than the automobile industry. Game changers may happen in the form of Chrome OS- really its Linux guys-and customer adaptability to new USER INTERFACES. Design will matter much more in technology on your phone, on your desktop and on your internet. Packaging sells.
False Top Trend 3) I will write a book on business analytics in 2011. yes it is true and I am working with A publisher. No it is not really going to be a top 3 event for anyone except me,publisher and lucky guys who read it.
3) Creating technology and technically enabling creativity will converge at an accelerated rate. use of widgets, guis, snippets, ide will ensure creative left brains can code easier. and right brains can design faster and better due to a global supply chain of techie and artsy professionals.