Last week on Research: the new BI is agile BI; IT spending trends

It’s been a rocky week for mobile: Apple (s AAPL) has been weathering a series of iOS 7 iMessage glitches and rumors of increased app crashes on its new 5s iPhone. Samsung, another industry leader, is reportedly pushing up the launch of its next smartphone, the Galaxy 5 S, on the heels of sluggish sales numbers for the 4 S. Meanwhile, over on GigaOM Research, our analysts have just released their latest overview of IT spending, with a particular focus on smartphone and tablet sales (one of the few areas of growth over the past quarter). Other recent research reports include a deep dive into the newest trend in business intelligence, and a look at productivity in the workplace.

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Cloud: Agile business intelligence: reshaping the landscape
George Anadiotis

Analyst George Anadiotis looks at a series of technological advancements that are altering business intelligence, effectively converting BI into a faster, more accessible process. Anadiotis refers to this new form as “agile BI” and his report analyzes the differences between traditional BI (“focused on extract, transform, and load (ETL) and reporting”) and its newer, agile counterpart (“focused on data exploration and visualization”). He concludes that both forms of BI actually share many important aspects, especially as features such as cloud support, usability and ubiquity become a more crucial selling point.

Mobile: Third quarter IT spending analysis and outlook
Ralph Finos

In his latest industry report, Ralph Finos presents a somber picture of global technology spending, which has shrunk to just a 1.8 percent growth rate in 2013 — in fact, smartphones and tablets are the only hardware area experiencing growth. Finos provides an in-depth market analysis for the past two years, with a detailed breakdown of segment revenue growth in 2013. He also takes a macro-level view about which factors are constraining IT spending on a global level before diving into regional trends. He draws on this data to present a series of conclusions about the past year while making a few forecasts for 2014.

Social: The future of work: new paths to productivity
Stowe Boyd

Analyst Stowe Boyd looks at the continuing trend toward a distributed, decentralized, discontinuous workforce (which he refers to as a “3D workforce”) and the corresponding set of challenges it presents to the traditional corporate structure and the enterprise IT department. With the rise of cloud-based systems like virtual distributed file systems, the IT department’s role has shifted — away from tasks such as selecting hardware and maintaining physical server, and toward serving as decision-makers and arbitrators who ensure that end users can continue to work across these cloud-based systems while maintaining productivity and adherence to corporate regulatory requirements. On a similar level, the new 3D workforce presents changes to executive decision-making, and Boyd includes insight from corporate and startup executives and industry experts like Reid Hoffman and Brian Solis that outline some of the most pressing concerns and trends.