This summer, I’ve been closely working together with my colleague on a new edition of the Business Intelligence Tools Survey. We started this survey in 2007, and since then we’ve been watching the Business Intelligence market very closely. The new edition of the Business Intelligence tools survey compares eighteen major Business Intelligence tools on 169 key evaluation criteria, both technical and business.
Three additional categories
In this edition of the survey we’ve rewritten the whole report, and we added three additional categories:
- Mobile Business Intelligence with 24 new criteria
- Cloud Business Intelligence with 7 criteria
- Big Data with 6 criteria
- Predictive Analytics with 8 selection criteria
A validated matrix
We expect to publish the new edition of this survey early October this year. The survey comes with a carefully validated BI tools comparison matrix where you can find all the details of the Business Intelligence tools we have examined and inspected (live demos, manuals, questionnaires, desk research). Their strong points but also their weaknesses. Do you want to be informed when the final release of the new edition is there? Please contact us and tell us briefly when and why you need it.
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The importance of a proper infrastructure
The importance of infrastructure and architecture is directly linked to the importance of the solution being built. If Business Intelligence is considered an unimportant topic by the business leaders in an organization then it becomes a niche product with little or no importance, and the information might as well be produced in spreadsheets, since the accuracy is also of little relevance. If, however, it is the intention to use the information from the BI system to alter (improve) the way the business is run, and to produce a competitive advantage, then getting the right infrastructure and architecture is essential. Since we assumed that anybody going to the trouble of reading this report was actually interested in building serious Business Intelligence systems, we attached significant importance to this category.
Usability & Visualization
In this section of the report, the products have been ranked based on their ease of use and how well they provide support for visualizing results. One of the critical success factors when building any information system is the user’s ability to gain useful insights into the information without spending days on training courses. This has been illustrated in the last few years by the success of navigation systems like TomTom. Traditionally, map reading has been considered to be difficult by a large percentage of the population, and reading a map whilst driving a vehicle is clearly dangerous. We believe that in order to be accepted by a large percentage of the user population, Business Intelligence systems need to be as good as TomTom in both usability and visualization. Our expectation is that the increase of the iPad as a delivery device for Business Intelligence will help considerably with usability.