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Bissantz & Company (Bissantz) was founded in 1996 in Nuremberg, Germany. The company initially specialized in solutions for sophisticated data analysis tasks in business environments. Today, it has approximately 100 employees based in four locations in Germany. The company has over 500 customers, primarily in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
Founded in 1996, Australian-based CALUMO employs 40-50 people in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as well as Dallas, Texas (USA). Most of the employees, including the research and development team, are based at the company headquarters in Sydney. Originally CALUMO started as a reseller of IBM Cognos TM1 (now IBM Planning Analytics). Its product, which is also named CALUMO, was first developed as an application layer to TM1.
Founded in 1992 and based near Stuttgart, Germany, cubus currently has approximately 35-40 employees and claims to have more than 350 companies using its software. 150-200 of them are direct cubus customers and the remainder are served by partners.
Founded in 1992, Ontario, Canada-based Dundas began building its reputation as an innovator in visualization components with its own Microsoft technology based charting product. In 2007, Dundas sold most of its chart franchise to Microsoft to embark on the expanded mission of building Dundas Dashboards, which was initially released in 2009. Dundas is a privately held company with approximately 100 employees.
Jedox Suite is a flexible BI and CPM product for planning, reporting and analysis. The suite, which runs on the company’s own multidimensional database, is designed for business users. The underlying philosophy of Jedox Suite is to extend the familiar Excel environment with specific BI and planning functionality. The solution offers both an Excel client and a web interface resembling a spreadsheet as front ends.
Qlik Sense is a visual analysis and data discovery product based on Qlik’s in-memory technology. It is particularly suitable for interactive, visual and set-oriented analysis as well as dashboard design. In general, it addresses a mixture of use cases from self-service data visualization to building guided analytical apps to embedded analytics. It covers analysis, dashboard and reporting creation and is strongly focused on business analysts and more casual business users.
QlikView is a dashboard and ’associative’ analysis product based on in-memory technology, and was the first product in the ‘data discovery’ category. It is positioned as a solution for building guided analytic apps targeted at business users, enabling them to analyze data without going to an expert for a new report or dashboard.
SAP Analytics Cloud is designed specifically for the cloud with the option of serving hybrid cloud scenarios (e.g. with data on-premises). The product was built as a pure cloud-based BI solution starting from 2014. It consolidates analytics functionalities such as analysis, reporting, dashboarding, planning and predictive analysis for different users into one single product based on the SAP Cloud Platform.
SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Microsoft Office (A/O) is an analysis tool for multidimensional data (OLAP analysis). It consists of three plug-ins: Analysis Plug-in, EPM Plug-in and BPC Plug-in. These plug-ins have been merged into one Microsoft Office add-in. They support cross-table analysis in Excel along with the creation of Excel-based reports with alerting and highlighting features as well as flexible report layouts. A/O is typically shipped with SAP BO BI platform and SAP Analytics Cloud.
SAP BusinessObjects (BO) Web Intelligence (WebI) is an ad hoc query and interactive reporting solution available as a web (Java/HTML) and rich client. WebI is part of the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform
(SAP BO BI). The suite incorporates various end user BI tools for different usage scenarios.
TARGIT Decision Suite is an integrated BI platform which offers integrated data discovery, self-service analysis, ad hoc reporting and dashboarding capabilities. There are also modules for batch reporting, mobile BI, storyboards and data mashups.
Yellowfin is a mature, user-friendly BI platform that has evolved from a successful reporting and dashboard product to support an emerging style of BI characterized by collaboration and augmented insights. It offers engaging visualization and storyboarding features that demonstrate the company’s emphasis and experience in making BI content consumption as easy as possible while reaching as many users as possible.
BOARD was founded in 1994 and employs more than 300 people worldwide. Both its European head office and software development headquarters with approximately 40 employees are located in Chiasso, Switzerland. A second regional US headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1985, Altair provides enterprise, engineering software to optimize product lifecycles from concept to operation. This privately-held company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan and has over 2,600 employees worldwide who support over 5,000 customers and tens of thousands of users. Customer industries range from automotive and aerospace manufacturing to life and earth sciences. Currently Altair has 67 offices in 23 countries, and in 2016 brought in $323 million in revenue.
[The BI Survey 17 results, not included in The BI Survey 18] Founded in 2010, Chartio is an energetic venture-backed provider of cloud-based BI for business users. Chartio co-founder David Fowler envisions Excel-like ubiquity for new analytical products that are easy to use permitting a self-service environment for charts and dashboards. Chartio’s goal is to empower business users to create dashboards with zero training or IT assistance, and its progress is reflected well in the high scores it achieves in The BI Survey 17.
Founded in 1997 and based in Rosenheim, Germany, Cubeware currently has 140 employees in five German offices as well as subsidiaries in the DACH region; San Jose, USA; and Bangalore, India (additional off-shore development). In July 2008 Cubeware was acquired by Cranes, a vendor based in India. Primrose Investments GmbH now owns Cubeware, having acquired it from Cranes Group in 2016.
[The BI Survey 17 results, not included in The BI Survey 18] CXO-Cockpit is a BI product targeted at supporting corporate management reporting with pre-built connectors to various well known multidimensional databases. The solution supports the creation of reports and dashboards based on OLAP data sources such as Oracle Hyperion Essbase, SAP BPC, IBM Cognos Planning Analytics (TM1), Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Tagetik.
Cyberscience’s flagship product, Cyberquery, is an ad hoc query and reporting platform that delivers insights from the C-suite to the front line. The company’s native database connectors and metadata layer abstracts transactional tables, simplifying data access and optimizing response times when querying large data sets. Any type of user can learn to use the tool, however it is ideal for power users who want to query operational data in an iterative, visual fashion to create operational reports against core business systems.
[The BI Survey 17 results, not included in The BI Survey 18] DigDash Enterprise is a BI solution designed for business users to create interactive dashboards. This main functionality is complemented by a set of predefined statistical methods as well as R and Python integration, the ability to integrate ad hoc query capabilities to dashboard applications and functions to create Office documents based on dashboard content, text and video material.
The Diver Platform from Dimensional Insight is a full-stack BI platform that addresses the compliance reporting and analysis needs of highly regulated industries such as healthcare, goods and services, and manufacturing supply chains in the United States as well as higher education, government, transportation and insurance in EMEA.
Domo is a cloud-first business intelligence tool designed to consolidate an organization’s data into one easy-to-use, self-service solution for all business roles, so anyone can access the data they need to make better decisions in real time.
[The BI Survey 17 results, not included in The BI Survey 18] Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Entrinsik is a privately-held BI software company with 2,500 customers, many of which are in higher education and the rest of which span multiple industries. A considerable number of these customers are attained through partners, which is also how Entrinsik is able to remain lean and nimble with approximately 35 employees.
IBM Cognos Analytics (formerly IBM Cognos BI) is a web-based product for formatted reporting, ad hoc reporting, analysis and dashboards with a central platform for administration, data modeling and accessing data sources. A completely revamped UI was introduced in version 11 including the interactive viewer and the capability to search and navigate content and build new reports, dashboards and data modules. Data modeling (and data preparation) for business users has become a central capability of the Cognos Analytics platform, which is a clear shift from the developer-oriented Framework Manager.
IBM Planning Analytics (formerly TM1) is essentially a high-performance, multidimensional in-memory database for planning and analysis. The solution, which uses Excel as its main front end, offers capabilities for creating content (e.g., modeling, templates) in Excel and publishing it to the web. The product is a development environment targeted at power users that, like Excel, is initially open for all kinds of applications (planning, analysis, strategy management).
Infor offers a combined product portfolio comprising Infor Dynamic Enterprise Performance Management (d/EPM, formerly Infor BI) for CPM, and BIRST, a cloud-based BI platform acquired in 2017. Whereas Infor d/EPM is positioned for CPM topics such as planning and financial consolidation, BIRST provides BI and analytics functionality for formatted and ad hoc reporting, dashboarding and analysis/data discovery.
[The BI Survey 16 results, not included in BI Survey 17&18] Logi Analytics’ Info is a BI platform that serves a wide range of analytical users as well as developers. IT professionals can take charge of assembling custom-tailored BI experiences or line managers can deploy user-ready self-service tools. Logi Analytics BI applications can stand alone or embed into existing Web pages.
Longview Analytics powered by arcplan (Longview Analytics) provides functionality for building individual BI applications for dashboards, reporting and analysis. The product offers a comprehensive set of components for developing tailor-made BI applications with individual screen layouts. With the vendor’s open approach to data connectivity, direct access to all major databases, applications and systems in their native environments is available.
Looker is a web-based BI platform focused on providing a governed, standardized and trusted view on data. This consistency is achieved by using a data description language (LookML) to create a metadata layer across required data sources. Looker is particularly strong in embedding scenarios and for creating interactive visualizations.
Microsoft Excel is a widely used, well known product for analyzing data from a variety of sources. It is a Windows client (or available as part of Office 365 as a web client) offering business user oriented capabilities for data integration, modeling and analyzing data. The data models created with Excel can be published to SQL Server for reuse and governance purposes.
Power BI is a cloud-based BI product designed for business users to access and combine different data sources for data discovery, visualization and interactive dashboards. It was released as a cloud-only product by Microsoft in 2015. Power BI comes with built-in data preparation and multiple innovative features and functions such as natural language query and machine learning driven “Quick Insights” for automated discovery. In mid-2017, Microsoft added the possibility of running the product on-premises with Report Server but with limited features and functions.
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is the SQL Server component for the creation of different report formats as well as the publication of content such as reports, KPIs, and Excel and Power BI files using a central web-based portal. Besides Reporting Services, Microsoft SQL Server consists of further products including a relational database management system, data integration and data quality components, and Analysis Services (SSAS) as a multidimensional database.
MicroStrategy offers a single, tightly integrated business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform for dashboards, reporting and analysis. For self-service BI scenarios and data discovery, the vendor has two integrated clients: Visual Insight (part of MicroStrategy Web) and MicroStrategy Desktop (full client). All content is based on a unified semantic layer with strong calculation and caching features. The product is rich in functionality and particularly well known for supporting large installations, both in terms of the number of users and the volume of data.
Oracle BI is a platform with modules for developing and deploying dashboards, formatted reporting, ad hoc reporting and analysis. The vendor continues to deliver expanded capabilities such as more advanced visualizations and self-service in its data visualization module. Oracle BI is provided on-premises and as Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) in the cloud.
Phocas offers a mature self-service tool, which enables users to perform their own analysis and reporting once IT has provisioned the data. It has a good range of functionality to support ad hoc querying, standard reporting, dashboarding and data discovery.
[The BI Survey 17 results, not included in The BI Survey 18] MIK (prevero) has a long history as a BI vendor in the DACH region and has had a presence in the market for over 30 years now. MIK (prevero) claims to have a client base of more than 20,000 users, primarily located in the DACH region. The vendor’s product portfolio includes the BI suite prevero.STARLIGHT, prevero.ARJUNA (the suite’s proprietary 64-bit multidimensional OLAP database) and prevero.ETL (data integration in prevero.ARJUNA or relational databases).
Pyramid 2018 is a brand new, tightly integrated Analytics and BI platform that supports reporting, dashboards, analysis, data discovery, business user oriented data preparation with machine learning and self-service BI. The suite uses modern standards such as HTML5, Java and RESTful APIs. It was first introduced in 2017 as the successor to BI Office suite with extended functionality, for instance in the area of data preparation and data source connectivity.
sales-i is a business intelligence solution targeted at sales departments of manufacturing, distributing and wholesales industries. The aim of sales-i is to combine transactional data and customer information from enterprise systems and to provide support for sales teams in their daily business.
SAS’s traditional business intelligence offering is called Enterprise BI Server. For end users, the Enterprise BI Server includes web clients such as Web Report Studio (WRS), BI Dashboard and a series of Windows clients including Enterprise Guide (EG) and OLAP Cube Studio. These components cover BI use cases ranging from dashboards and reporting to OLAP and advanced analysis.
Sisense is a single-stack BI platform architected to support on-premises as well as cloud-based deployments. The product is commonly used to deliver dashboard applications, standard and enterprise reports, and embedded BI applications for small to mid-sized organizations.
The Tableau platform is a set of business user-friendly analysis and data visualization tools. Its core comprises a full client and a web server with connectors to a wide variety of data sources, including local data. The structured intuitive user interface, built-in intelligence, and memory utilization to optimize performance contribute to its popularity in self-service BI (SSBI) and data discovery scenarios.
[The BI Survey 17 results, not included in The BI Survey 18] TIBCO is a software vendor best known for its analytics and infrastructure offerings. From APIs and systems to devices and people, TIBCO aims to interconnect everything by capturing data in real time wherever it is and to augment the intelligence of businesses through analytical insights. TIBCO’s analytics portfolio provides comprehensive capabilities to support a wide range of analytical scenarios.
Unit4 prevero is an integrated platform for planning, reporting and analysis. The tool provides a flexible development environment for building individual BI and CPM applications with the help of wizards and requires no knowledge of scripting.
WebFOCUS is a flexible and scalable web-based business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform with front ends and decision support tools for formatted reporting, ad hoc reporting, dashboards and analysis, and a custom application development environment.
[The BI Survey 17 results, not included in The BI Survey 18] Zoho Reports is the BI offering available in different packages from zoho.com. It is a relatively straightforward, low-cost, cloud-based reporting and analysis solution aimed at business users. Ease of use is a key selling point of the product, which employs an intuitive drag-and-drop spreadsheet-like interface so users familiar with Microsoft Office can easily adapt to it.