Business Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2016 and Beyond

Business Intelligence Trends in 2016

Business Intelligence Trends

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to the analysis of data using key technologies. BI requires specific tools, methodologies and applications for data collection from both external and internal sources. These systems create and run targeted queries and prepare the information for analysis. Dashboards, reports and data visualisations are then created to present the analysis and results to key decision makers.

Done well, an effective Business Intelligence program allows for more effective business decision-making. It also contributes to better operational efficiency, optimised internal processes, marketplace advantages, and ultimately higher revenues. Business Intelligence can also assist companies in identifying market trends, finding unmet consumer needs, and addressing key business problems. The effective use of BI enables business owners, managers and executives to make more informed decisions going forward.

SQL Server Tools Can Unlock Valuable Business Data

The storage and management of data is one of the key functions of Business Intelligence. SQL Server is the leading database management system for the storage and application of business information using BI.  By leveraging SQL Server data can be fluidly managed for optimal business processes and for reporting and analytics.

The realm of Business Intelligence is currently shifting and changing rapidly. Cloud services, Big Data, data science, modern data platforms and predictive analytics keep improving in ways that augment BI. Because of this, the role and capacity of BI is continually in flux.  The following are some of the key trends in Business Intelligence to watch for in the second half of 2016 and beyond.

Self-Service Analytics Data

More and more businesses are now leveraging self-service Business Analytics data, and this trend is expected to continue. Spending in this area is set to increase 2.5 times faster than traditional methods for 2016 according to industry experts.

Self-Service capability is increasingly an important BI platform component, and will commonly be embedded via tools accessing existing systems. The goal of self-service will be improved data governance through a “hybrid” solutions that allow for sovereignty, but also enable ready access across devices. Ultimately, deeper insights into the data from across an enterprise will be possible by leveraging self-service tools.

An Increase in Cloud-Based BI

In the past, the adoption of cloud-based BI has been slow to move beyond organisations already in the cloud. However, IDC analysts have predicted that cloud-based BI tech spending for 2016 is set to grow 4.5 times faster than spending for in-house solutions.

Real-Time Data Via The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a vision of the Internet connecting not only data and media, but literally any device that can be powered on. This includes mobile phones, appliances and machine components.

Gartner estimates that by 2020, over 25 billion devices will all be connected (although other experts put this number at 100 billion or more). As it grows, the IoT is creating opportunities for real-time BI data analysis and visualisation. BI tools will link into this network of connected devices and be able to bring more advanced insights that weren’t possible before.

Key Advances in SQL Create Dynamic Analytics

In addition to a more hands-on approach by businesses, BI is also experiencing improvement in the analytics tools and algorithms. The depth and breadth of data is increasing exponentially. Analytics marketplaces are improving insights and deployment time. They are building in ways to compensate where data science skills might be lacking.

Key advances in SQL Server and Azure allow even very large sets of data to be analysed using this technology. These changes enable a potent hybrid of affordable storage and superior analytic capacity along with infinite scalability. New SQL Server and Azure facilitate more speed, flexibility and unparalleled power.

More Connectivity and Mobility

Business Intelligence is also getting more mobile and connected than ever before. Mobile analytics is no longer just an add-on for BI systems; the integration of mobile capabilities is far more complete and dynamic. There is increased demand for the capacity to support the ability of users to move to different devices, allowing for governed data discovery.

More advanced cloud authoring capability as well as better graphics creation for the presentation of data on a range of devices is emerging. This will help create a richer user experience and ultimately more accurate, efficient and effective decisions based upon the data.

Broader Use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Look for API deployment to rise in 2016 as well. Companies are using SaaS (software as a service) apps more and more to augment their enterprise applications. This proliferation of mobile app usage will increase the need for both cloud connectivity and APIs. Tool quality and productivity is improving accordingly.

With BI tools becoming both more sophisticated and more affordable, no business department will have to settle for just spreadsheets. Big Data analytics will assist key departments like sales and marketing in their functioning as BI solutions for small and medium businessees become more affordable.

All of the above trends in Business Intelligence demonstrate an evolution of the capacity and application of this dynamic system of data analysis. The tools, methodologies and applications for data collection are more robust than ever before. Key SQL Server and Azure BI tools can assist with unlocking valuable business data and making the most of all your Business Intelligence efforts.

How We Can Help You Unlock the Value of Your Data

Who Are We? WARDY IT Solutions:

  • Is a premier Australian provider of SQL Server trainers and consultants as well as Business Intelligence specialists.
  • Is one of the country’s leading Microsoft Power BI Partners.
  • Have as rich an understanding of the full range of Power BI’s dynamic capabilities and possibilities.

What Do We Do? WARDY IT Solutions uses a diverse range of expertise to:

  • assist clients in unlocking the value of Big Data,
  • harness growth challenges, and
  • transition them into greater opportunities.

Contact WARDY IT Solutions to find out how SQL Server, Azure and Business Intelligence can work together to optimise your business.

SQL Server 2016 Released

Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Today Microsoft has announced the General Availability of SQL Server 2016.

SQL Server 2016 is the core-foundation of the Microsoft data platform and delivers breakthrough performance for mission-critical applications and delivers faster insights from any data.

SQL Server 2016 is the world’s fastest and most price-performant database for Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing with updateable, in-memory columnstores and advanced analytics through deep integration with R Services. Software applications can now deploy sophisticated analytics and machine learning models in the database resulting in 100x or more speedup in time to insight, compared to deployments of such models outside of the database.

If you are looking to get up to speed with this next release of SQL Server, SQL Server 2016 then look no further than WARDY IT Solutions.  WARDY IT Solutions have developed a SQL Server 2016 Quickstart program to help you take advantage of this breakthrough release.  Contact us today to find out how you can leverage SQL Server 2016.

SQL Server 2016 Hotlap Workshop in Darwin

SQL Server 2016 Hot Lap

WARDY IT Solutions is proud to announce that they will be delivering the first SQL Server 2016 workshops in Australia.

The workshops will be conducted as a free 2 hour Hot Lap.

A Hot Lap is a quick and concise way of finding out:

  • what’s new in SQL Server 2016
  • how these changes will improve database operations & developer efficiency and
  • enable self-service Business Intelligence and Data Analytics solutions.


Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT


Tuesday 22nd March 2016


08:30: Arrival coffee/tea
09:00-10:30: SQL Server 2016 Hotlap
10:30-11:00: morning tea



To register for this free event:

Register Online Now

Benefits of Getting Up-to-Speed on SQL Server 2016:

SQL Server 2016 is going to be a game-changer:

  • Industry Leader – For the first time, Microsoft is the industry leader in Operational DBMS
  • Built-In Advanced Analytics – SQL Server 2016 is shipping with ground-breaking advanced analytics that provide the scalability and performance benefits of building and running advanced analytics algorithms directly in the core SQL Server transactional database.
  • Industry leading Performance – SQL Server continue to own the top 3 TPC-H benchmarks
  • Most Secure Database – SQL Server continues to be the most secure database on the planet for the 6th year in a row and has added new Always Encrypted technology that protects data at rest and in motion, on premise or on the cloud.
  • End to End Mobile BI on *any* device – SQL Server 2016 provide the best value for self-service BI with the broadest cross platform mobile support with native apps for Windows, IOS and Android.
Register Online Now

SQL Social No. 41 – Windows and SQL Server Memory Concepts

Food and Drinks will be provided!

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below). Networking

At SQL Social, our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Amit Arora – Windows and SQL Server memory concepts

Amit Arora is an SQL Server Consultant with WARDY IT Solutions. Amit has over 10 years of experience working with SQL Server including working as a Technical Advisor and DBA for Microsoft. Amit has recently been working on SQL Server solutions with Microsoft Azure and HDInsight as well as other big data technologies.

SQL Server as an application leverages Memory resources from the base operating system, therefore, it’s important for DBA’s to understand both, Windows and SQL memory fundamentals. This session will aim to deep dive into some Windows and SQL Server memory management concepts along with a few important tips for some known SQL Server issues around memory.

Some of the concepts covered in the session will be VAS (Virtual Address Space), Virtual Address Translation, Buffer Pool, MTL, Memory Objects, Memory nodes etc.

This talk will aim to draw an image of memory reservation and allocation operations for SQL Server in particular.

Time and Date:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
5:45 PM to 8:00 PM


The Royal Melbourne Hotel
629 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Click here to RSVP for the event

Feb 2016 Microsoft Certification Update – SQL Server 2014

Microsoft Learning

Microsoft Learning is pleased to announce that they are refreshing their SQL Server related exams and certifications to have continued relevance for database professionals working with either SQL Server 2012 and 2014.

As of February 18, 2016, Exams 461 through 467 will include content covering both SQL Server 2012 and 2014. In January, a link to a document describing the corresponding changes in the exam was added to the Skills Measured section of each exam web page.

To reflect the inclusion of SQL Server 2014 content in Exams 461, 462463, Microsoft Learning is also rebranding the MCSA certification to MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. As changes to each individual exam are modest in size and SQL Server 2012 skills remain relevant, all current certification MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification holders will have their transcripts updated accordingly to reflect the new credential name.

As the MCSE certifications already do not reference product version, no changes in the titles of either MCSE: Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence credentials will take place (see also the FAQs here).


The full range of WARDY IT SQL Server 2012/2014 Exam Training Courses is available here.

Finalist for Excellence in Business Insights and Data Award

Excellence in Business Insights and Data Award

WARDY IT Solutions has been selected as a Finalist in the 2015 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards for the Excellence in Business Insights and Data Award out of a national field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on the Microsoft SQL Server and Azure platforms.

This prestigious award recognizes the solutions that WARDY IT Solutions has successfully developed for clients based on the Microsoft SQL Server Data Analytics Platform.

The Microsoft Australia Partner Awards (MAPA) recognises the best of breed Microsoft Partners each year. WARDY IT Solutions has won a prestigious MAPA award since 2009; reconfirming WARDY IT Solutions as Australia’s leading SQL Server consultants, trainers and Business Intelligence specialists.

Three SQL Server MVP’s

SQL Server MVP

WARDY IT Solutions is delighted to announce that we have three team members that has been awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Henry Rooney (SQL Server Architect), Konstantin Khomyakov (Business Intelligence Consultant) and WARDY IT Solutions founder Peter Ward are only a handful of recipients in Australia of this award.

The MVP award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others and is recognition of the outstanding contributions these WARDY IT Solutions team members have made in the SQL Server technical communities.