The following is a guest blog post by Darren Cunningham, VP of Marketing at SnapLogic

The Business Intelligence Competency Center (BICC) is a long-established concept in the world of analytics. The BICC is meant to encourage collaboration around which tools to use for different use cases. The idea is that a physical or virtual team within the business (primarily IT) is formed to establish and enforce standards, SLAs, and governance policies. A key theme has always been about enabling some degree of self-service when it comes to data access and analysis without losing IT control.

But then along came cloud computing, and more specifically software as a service (SaaS). Along came No Software and The Subscription Economy.

Fast-forward to today and the pundits are calling for the decentralization of IT.Shadow IT is out of the closet and it’s no longer seen as such a scary idea. It is now the norm for best-of-breed SaaS applications to be purchased and implemented by the line of business and IT organizations have seen bring your own device (BYOD) evolve to bring your own cloud.

So if decentralization is now an IT mandate not an option, what is the future of the BICC? Is it dead or must it simply be re-imagined in the social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC) era?

Here are a few suggestions for the BICC to regain relevance:

1)   Focus on analytical innovation over standardization.

2)   Prioritize speed of information delivery and insight over governance and control.

3)   Accept the inevitability of the cloud and embrace it.

4)   Empower “citizen integrators” with self-service tooling.

5)   Drop the name BI and become the Analytics Competency Center (ACC) or Analytics Center of Excellence (ACOE).

I’m looking forward to discussing the future of the BICC and analytics in general with Howard Dresner and Tidemark’s Phil Wilmington on March 19th. We’re hosting an interactive webinar titled, “How a Modern Approach to Analytics Drives Success in the Enterprise” that will focus on 3 key enablers of business intelligence:

  • Cloud to enable speed and big data management
  • Collaboration and in context analysis to drive value
  • Mobile-first design for agility

I hope you can make it.