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Permira Private Equity and Canada Pension Plan Take Informatica Private Informatica agrees to be acquired for $5.3 billion

Author: Andreas Bitterer Published: 9 April 2015 Abstract: In a surprising move, Informatica Corporation, a publicly traded and market-leading provider of data integration, data quality and master data management solutions agreed to be acquired by two private equity firms that will take the vendor private. Click here to download the full article

Marlin Equity Partners Acquires Arcplan The Consolidation in the BI Market Continues

Authors: Carsten Bange, Andreas Bitterer Published: 7 April 2015 Abstract: German business intelligence software vendor Arcplan has agreed to be acquired by US-based private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum. The Arcplan company and its product portfolio is expected to be merged with Longview Solutions, a Canadian provider of business performance management […]

Self-service BI and the DIY trap

Here is a common scenario, seen in organizations all over the planet. I’m talking about self-service, which is meant to be a good idea. For quite a while now, self-service BI has been all the rage. Understandably, business users are often discouraged, disappointed or outright annoyed by the lack of support for BI they get from their local IT departments, […]

An RFP is not a Request For Propaganda

I get it. Responding to an organisation’s Request For Proposal (RFP) is not everyone’s favorite way to spend time. After all, first you need to read and understand the requirements described in the RFP to begin with, then figure out whether your organization has something to offer in this field, whether necessary personnel is available, […]

BI in the Cloud: The Theoretical Adoption

I recently received an invitation to a webinar named “Your checklist for Cloud BI success!” from Yellowfin, a BI vendor from down under, headquartered in Melbourne. In the announcement, I read By the end of 2014, Gartner expects almost 50% of organizations to deliver their mission-critical BI via the cloud. Say what? The end of […]

BI Strategy – Are We There Yet?

Welcome to my blog. After a blogging hiatus of about two years, where I just didn’t feel like it, I am back online and ready to pick up some of the topics where I left off. And I will certainly be willing to pick up a glove if need be. There are quite a few […]

Self-Service Business Intelligence Users Are Now In The Majority

One of many findings from The BI Survey 14 – BARC’s annual survey of over 3,000 business intelligence professionals – published today. PRESS RELEASE – LONDON, 15th October 2014 Self-service BI 55% of business intelligence (BI) users now claim to be engaging in self-service tasks, with another 24% planning to do so in the future. “Of […]

Andy Bitterer Joins BARC Analyst Team

LONDON, October 2nd, 2014: Business Application Research Center (BARC) today announced that experienced market expert and speaker Andy Bitterer has joined its international business intelligence and data management analyst and consulting team. Following the recent merger of Le CXP / BARC and Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) to create Europe’s largest enterprise software and IT services […]

Standard vs Best-of-Breed

Introduction Choosing the right business intelligence software for an enterprise is a complex job. BI solutions range from data management to BI tools and applications with varying feature sets and user groups. Mixing and matching software packages from several vendors is referred to as the best-of-breed approach. The alternative is to choose a single strategic […]

BIaaS – Business Intelligence as a service

Background information on SaaS The idea of hosting software off-premises is not new. In fact, software as a service (SaaS) is just a rewording of an older term referring to companies providing the service, application service provider (ASP). ASPs were a very popular investment target during the dotcom era, but not much ever came of […]