Interesting views by Neil Mackin especially considering analytics from the point of view of people. Too often we talk about the platform, the visualisations, the data connectivity and too little about the human element.
He paints a picture of Smart Cities in which the visual is the technology whether cars, highways, infrastructure but rarely the people who will gain (or suffer).
The human side of analytics.
Embedded analytics is another profound shift that is delivering value. Just as ‘auto-focus’ has become a de facto feature on cameras, so will intelligent guides for business and end user applications. Roll on the day the intelligent calendar scheduling makes a better job of managing my work calendar than I do myself. Personalisation is key to this, I look forward to the app that truly turns my smart phone into a my smart assistant ....without flicking between umpteen separate apps which are not tailored around my preference. In the world of business applications, such as management reporting, it will be interesting to watch the use of new interfaces such as voice: asking Cortana or Siri to “show the year to date revenue report broken out by business line and sales areas” instead of navigating through applications.