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Founded in 1996, Australian-based CALUMO employs 45 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, 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.
Information Builders is a privately held company, founded in 1975 and with more than 60 offices worldwide. WebFOCUS, the vendor’s BI and analytics suite, 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.
Founded in 2000, McLean, Virginia-based Logi Analytics (Logi) initially sold development tools for building web-based applications. Today, the company serves about 2,200 customers worldwide. Its strongest footprint is in EMEA and North America. However, partnerships in Asia/Australia and other regions contribute to a broader global coverage.
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 providing formatted reports, dashboards and interactive data discovery in a single solution using the same infrastructure. With its library of statistical and advanced analytics functions, the vendor offers comprehensive analytic capabilities for a wide variety of use cases.
Qlik, originally founded in 1993 in Lund, Sweden, moved its headquarters to the United States in 2005 after raising funds from several venture capital firms. QlikView, the company’s virtually unknown product at the time, was very aggressively marketed after the VC investment. This created enormous attention and traction, and in 2010 Qlik went public on NASDAQ. In 2016, Qlik was acquired by the private equity company Thoma Bravo and delisted from the stock exchange.
Until the general availability of Qlik Sense in 2014, Qlik was a one-product company. Today, the vendor provides a portfolio of visual analytics offerings. With this stack, Qlik focuses on helping customers manage their data, providing analytics to analyze the data […]
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 and first released in 2014. It consolidates analytics functionality such as analysis, reporting, dashboarding, planning and predictive analysis for different users into one single product based on the SAP Cloud Platform.
Founded in 1992 and based near Stuttgart, Germany, cubus a Serviceware company 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.
TARGIT is a privately-owned software provider founded in 1986 with its headquarters in Aalborg, Denmark. The company employs more than 85 people and has over 6,800 customers, most of whom are located in Europe and North America, while one-third are distributed across the rest of the world.
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).
BOARD was founded in 1994 and employs approximately 350 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.
[The BI Survey 18 results, not included in The BI Survey 19] 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 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 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 18 results, not included in The BI Survey 19] 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.
DigDash Enterprise is a solution designed for business users to create interactive data applications. This main dashboard functionality is complemented by a set of predefined statistical methods as well as R and Python integration, ad hoc query capabilities within dashboard applications and functions to create PowerPoint and Excel 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 of reporting and analysis needs in 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.
[The BI Survey 18 results, not included in The BI Survey 19] 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.
Exago is a modern web-based BI and analytics solution strongly focused on the provision of interactive embedded analytics features. The solution includes features for dashboard creation, ad hoc query and formatted reporting. It was built for business users as content creators.
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 pixel-perfect formatted reports, dashboards, ad hoc reporting, data mashups, analysis and data discovery.
Jedox 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 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.
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 was founded in 2012 in Santa Cruz, CA, and has grown quite quickly since then. The vendor already had about 200 employees in 2015 and now employs over 800 people across eight locations. With the opening of the UK office in 2015, Looker started to grow its business in Europe.
Microsoft Excel is a well known, widely used product for analyzing data from a variety of sources. It provides business user oriented capabilities for data integration, modeling and analyzing data. Users can choose between the installed Windows client, the web client (Office 365) and mobile versions of the software. Data models created with Excel can be published to SQL Server or Azure 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 many 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 the multidimensional database Analysis Services (SSAS).
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 was founded in 2001 in the UK and is now a medium-sized company with full-service offices on three continents. The company has shown continuous growth over the last ten years. It now has around 1,700 customers and reported revenues of $AU34 million for fiscal year 2019. Phocas now has over 91 percent recurring subscription revenue, spread fairly evenly between the UK, Australia and North America. The self-funded company is still a private company held by the founders.
Founded in 2009, Pyramid Analytics is a privately held software company with more than 150 employees. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands and has offices in the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom. With backing from Sequoia Capital and Viola Group, the company continues to grow and now boasts more than 750 enterprise customers.
Report One’s MyReport Business Evolution is a BI solution integrated in the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and comes with a web portal-based dashboarding solution for distributing dynamic data to multiple users. The product’s philosophy is to enhance the analytical capabilities of Microsoft Excel and promote the reuse of data to spread controlled information across the organization. Report One aims to help its customers to be more efficient at every step, from the integration of enterprise data all the way through to the consumption of reports, dashboards and analyses.
InfoFabrik offers BI specific consulting services for the financial sector including data warehousing, the development of KPI systems and reporting infrastructure. In 2013, the company began implementing its own BI software called ReportServer. ReportServer supports the deployment of formatted reports from different report engines as well as ad hoc and OLAP analyses. The aim of the vendor is to meet dedicated, recurring information needs with standardized reports provided to a variety of different users. With its cost effective licensing and openness towards scripting APIs, the product is suitable for companies of any size with static and recurring information requirements as well as for those with specific needs that require customization.
[The BI Survey 18 results, not included in The BI Survey 19] 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.
The SAP BusinessObjects (BO) Business Intelligence (BI) Suite (SAP BO BI Suite) is part of SAP’s on-premises BI portfolio, which incorporates various end-user business intelligence tools with a moderate level of integration. The suite contains a few strong individual products for reporting as well as several clients for various types of analysis. It also offers good capabilities for building customized guided BI applications that can be published to the web or mobile devices.
[The BI Survey 18 results, not included in The BI Survey 19] 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.
[The BI Survey 18 results, not included in The BI Survey 19] 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.
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 an integrated BI and Analytics 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 mostly 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 18 results, not included in The BI Survey 19] 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.
Yellowfin Suite is a mature, user-friendly BI platform that offers different modules for diverse tasks including data preparation, data discovery, report building and dashboards as well as Signals and Stories. It offers engaging visualization, collaboration 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.
Zoho Analytics – Zoho Corporation’s BI offering – is available in a variety of different packages. 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.