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Bissantz & Company 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 three locations in Germany. The company has over 500 customers, primarily in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Founded in 1996, Australian-based CALUMO employs 40 people in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as well as Dallas, Texas (USA). Most of the employees, including a five-man 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 AG currently has approximately 35 employees. According to the vendor, more than 350 companies use its software. Its product, cubus outperform, is an integrated performance management solution with functionality for planning, simulation, strategy implementation (balanced scorecard) and project portfolio management.
Founded in 2010 in American Fork, Utah, Domo has 800 employees and multiple partners. Domo has raised just under $700 million in ten rounds from 41 investors, according to crunchbase.com, and has enjoyed a 100% year-over-year growth rate for several years. The platform is divided into five segments: connect, prepare, visualize, engage and optimize. Domo offers over 400 ready-to-use connectors to almost any data source imaginable.
Founded in 1992, Canada-based Dundas began building its reputation as an innovator in visualization software with its Chart product based on Microsoft technology. In 2007, Dundas sold most of its Chart franchise to Microsoft to embark on the expanded mission of building a dashboard product. Dashboard, which was based on Silverlight, began shipping in 2009. Since then, it has grown the Dashboard product to over 1,000 customers who deploy its product to track and improve business performance.
prevero was founded in 1994 and is based in Munich, Germany. The company has a workforce of approximately 200 employees worldwide as well as an international partner network. In recent years, prevero has grown into one of the largest performance management vendors in the DACH region in terms of software revenues, and claims to have a client base of more than 4,500 companies in over 30 countries.
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).
TARGIT is a privately held Denmark-based BI software company that launched its flagship Decision Suite product in 1996. With more than 5,400 customers across the world, TARGIT is ideal for mid-size companies seeking a one-size-fits-all BI platform.
Yellowfin, founded in Melbourne in 2003, is a BI software company that set out to change the general BI approach because the founders felt that traditional BI had become too complex and too expensive. Yellowfin’s strength lies in selling its software to OEM organizations, where its BI functionality is integrated into other vendors’ products and applications.
Pyramid Analytics was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Amsterdam. It is a privately held company with about 200 employees. The vendor also has offices in the United Kingdom, France and the United States. Research and development is based in Israel, while marketing and sales are driven out of the United States.
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 headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts (US).
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.
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 more than 100 employees in five German offices as well as subsidiaries in the DACH region; San Jose, USA; and Bangalore, India (additional offshore 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.
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.
Founded in 1977, privately-owned Cyberscience first provided software for Citibank. Since then, Cyberscience has spent thirty years in the BI space building its offering from the ground up. Today, with over 4,000 customers and between 60 and 100 employees, the Colorado-based company thrives via a focus on the Americas mid-market manufacturing segment while generating a significant share of revenues through channel partners across the world.
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.
Dimensional Insight is a privately held company based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with three more offices across the USA, and additional offices in six international locations across EMEA and APAC. The company helped pioneer the modern business intelligence industry with its high performance BI platform, named Diver.
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 advanced to 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. Planning Analytics is targeted at business power users who build individual planning and OLAP analysis applications with the flexible database. 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.
Infor offers a combined product portfolio comprising Infor BI for CPM and BIRST, a cloud-based BI platform acquired in 2017. Whereas Infor BI is positioned for CPM topics like planning and financial consolidation, BIRST provides BI and analytics functionality for formatted and ad hoc reporting, dashboarding and analysis/data discovery.
Established in 2002, Jedox has grown into a team of more than 150 employees, including 50 in research and development as well as 25 consultants. The vendor serves clients worldwide through its headquarters in Freiburg, Germany, its seven international offices, and a partner network. According to its own accounts, Jedox generated an increase in turnover of 50 percent in 2016, mainly in the EMEA region, the United States and APAC.
[The BI Survey 16 results, not included in BI Survey 17] 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.
In March 2015, Longview Solutions and arcplan merged to form an integrated CPM and BI company, operating under the name Longview. Longview today has 150-200 employees serving more than 1,000 customers worldwide. Longview is a privately held company backed by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $3 billion (USD) of capital under management.
Microsoft Excel is a widely used 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 and modeling. 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 by Microsoft in 2015 initially as a cloud-only product. 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”. In mid-2017, Microsoft delivered the possibility of running the product on-premises with Report Server.
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, founded in 1989, is one of the best known vendors in the business intelligence market worldwide. In 2003, it became the first vendor to release a fully integrated product that provides formatted reports, dashboards and interactive analysis in a single solution using the same infrastructure. With its library of statistical and advanced data mining functions, the vendor offers comprehensive analytic capabilities for a wide variety of use cases.
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 with DV. Oracle BI is provided on-premise and as Oracle BI Cloud. It is also shipped as part of the Oracle Analytics Cloud.
Phocas was founded in 2001 in the UK and remains privately held. Today, 50 percent of its shareholders and the development team are based in Australia. The company has around 1,200 customers, 30,000 users and approximately 110 employees and has shown annual growth of 20-30 percent over the last ten years. Last year, Phocas reported revenues of $17.5 million, which came evenly from the UK, Australia and North America.
Qlik Sense is a visual analysis and data discovery product based on Qlik’s in-memory technology, which is particularly suitable for interactive, visual and set-oriented analysis and 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, reporting and dashboard creation in the BI space 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” product category. The product 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 Business Warehouse (SAP BW) is a completely packaged business intelligence solution designed to complement SAP ERP applications. The package contains connectors to SAP ERP modules, a data warehouse for storing source data, subject-oriented data marts, predefined content and front-end tools called SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx). BEx offers capabilities for formatted reporting, multidimensional ad hoc analysis, creating BI applications/dashboards and planning.
SAP BusinessObjects (BO) Analysis (Microsoft Office edition) is an analysis tool for multidimensional data (OLAP analysis). As of version 2.5, 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.
SAP BusinessObjects (BO) Web Intelligence (WebI) is an ad hoc query and interactive reporting solution available as a web (Java/DHTML) 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.
SAP Lumira 2.0 is a recently introduced product focused on dashboard/BI application creation and data discovery. Lumira contains two modules: Designer and Discovery. Designer is the former Design Studio, which is a development environment for creating custom BI/dashboard and analysis applications targeted at tech-savvy users. Discovery is a redesigned former Lumira 1.x solution and focuses on data discovery and dashboard creation for business users.
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.
Headquartered in New York City, Sisense is a growing privately-held BI vendor founded in the early 2000s. Today the company is established with thousands of users at companies both big and small and well-funded at close to one hundred million dollars of venture capital. Sisense offers an embeddable analytics product with an innovative API-first design.
Tableau is a business user-friendly analysis and data visualization tool. 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 – geared to optimizing performance – contribute to the popularity of this solution in self-service BI (SSBI) and data discovery scenarios.
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.
Information Builders is a privately held US software company with its head office in New York. It was founded in 1975 and has more than 60 offices worldwide. The vendor’s flagship BI offering, WebFOCUS, was introduced in 1997. Information Builders also provides the iWay and Omni product lines, which are often used alongside WebFOCUS for data integration and data quality functionality.
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.