#23 Natural language interfaces are required to maximise value creation


The title could be also written as follows: SQL driven Data query will be replaced with natural language processing in a couple of years.


This update answers to the question: what is going to happen to dashboards?

Data Economy development in data products and data as a service will parallel the direction and trend witnessed in software development. In there low-code and no-code platforms are becoming a significant player and replacing more traditional software development approach as too heavy and cumbersome. Gartner research says, on average, 41% of employees outside of IT – or business technologists – customize or build data or technology solutions.


The needs of users (business people) can more often be satisfied with less refined and feature-rich apps. Apps alone will not satisfy the needs of the future data-driven companies. We need data!



Read on or watch the update video



Data products related to developer experience are about to change since the developer using the product and data as a service is about to change. Currently, data scientists and data engineers develop the dashboards and other visualizations for the business decision-makers and salespeople. The current de facto process is pretty rigid and too slow.


The capability to build the needed app is in the hands of just a few people. This path is not going to match the needs of the future-looking companies. What is driving the paradigm change is the same as in software development.


The current de facto process is pretty rigid and too slow.

Speed of development must be increased and costs lowered to match business needs and to maintain sustainability.


Dashboards as we have seen in the past are dead

For more than 20 years, dashboards served as a foundational element of business intelligence, helping leaders visualize and share valuable data across their organization.

Dashboards as we have seen in the past are dead. Modern cloud analytics is delivering

personalized insights for all and interfaces are based on natural language processing.


Only 10% of executives believe their company is analytics mature and more than 84% of frontline workers report poor analytics experiences and needing better insights technology. That’s because dashboards weren’t built to meet the needs of today’s always-on, always-changing world. Your business can’t afford to wait days or weeks for trained analysts to produce insights from stale data.

Paradigm change is here

In a couple of years, we will see the paradigm change in which no-code and business people compatible data products merge into easy-to-use business value-creating machines. In this world, SQL is hardly used. Instead, data is queried with natural language interfaces, text, and voice. The intention of the user and data is connected with help of machine learning. The “app developer” is a business person for example a sales representative. They have a no-code environment in use, which offers data sources for the user as data products.


no-code and business people compatible data products merge into easy-to-use business value-creating machines.

The result is data as a service since it’s fully dynamic. The user can use natural language in the queries - not SQL - and get different kinds of dashboards each time a query is made. The solution is not fixed by someone else as it is now with dashboards developed and presented to business decision-makers.


Answer is obvious

The answer to the big question of what is going to happen to dashboards is now obvious.


Dashboards in the traditional format are a dying breed. Dashboards are going to be dynamic, developed more and more by business people with a no-code platform with business people compatible data products, and data interface will be natural language-driven.