The advent of 64-bit computing will change the way companies access information, according to business intelligence company Information Builders.
President and chief executive Gerry Cohen explained that low cost communications, storage and processing power, together with standard user interfaces, had already made ubiquitous reporting a possibility.
But he warned that the arrival of 64-bit computing would propel enterprise-wide reporting into the mainstream.
"The 64-bit chip will give almost limitless memory. If your database is stored in memory, it means that information is possible for everyone. It will change the way we use computers," said Cohen, delivering the opening keynote at the company's user conference in Chicago.
"My prediction is that 21st century technology will be available so that no-one will have to wait for information. Information will flow through an organisation like electricity."
Providing functionality, scalability and reliability is key to pushing business intelligence to many more users within the organisation, according to Cohen.
A beta version of WebFocus 5.5, the latest version of Information Builders' web reporting tool, will start shipping in the next couple of months in advance of general availability in the third quarter of this year.
At the same time, the company announced that e-learning courses now offer people the chance to complete training on its products entirely over the web.
Information Builders was also keen to reassure customers of its Focus product line that they are not being abandoned despite the obvious push towards its web-enabled offerings.
"We don't want to short change the Focus community," said Cohen.
But the only sweetener offered to customers of its legacy business intelligence product appears to be a new quarterly newsletter.
However, analyst Gartner has suggested that end user organisations are failing to get return on investment from their business intelligence initiatives.
Research director Howard Dresner predicted that by next year more than half of Global 2000 companies will fail to use business intelligence properly, and will lose market share as a result.
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