A very good article from InformationWeek discussing the major technologies that are reshaping business intelligence. What I found the most interesting was that the trends are now being driven primarily by the users of BI instead of traditionally the implementers of BI. All the new technologes are helping to greatly reduce implementation times and speed up and increase the dynamic nature of the BI "experience." My favorite quote in the article is "With this technology, you get answers in a second, and that implies you also start asking questions out of curiosity." This is really the key, now users are empowered to explore and discover information about their business which before would have been nearly impossible. A good read about the great things to come for BI.
The customer experience and employee productivity have become more of a focal point than ever before.