BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms: A direct comparison of modern enterprise BI platform providers

PRESS RELEASE – Würzburg, July 16, 2018

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) has published the fourth edition of BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms. The independent consulting and analyst firm ranks 20 market-relevant, international providers of business intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms based on an extensive list of criteria, as well as user feedback.

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Fig. 1: Positioning of providers in the BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms

Growth among the challengers

Several changes in the BI market over the last twelve months are reflected in this year’s BARC Score. OpenText has moved from the Specialists segment to the Challengers category. Having launched its Magellan product a year ago to address analytics requirements in particular, OpenText has also improved the integration between its existing products, which is reflected in a better rating.

The “golden mean” in the Challengers category remains very similar to last year, with representatives including providers such as Tableau, SAS, Hitachi Vantara, Infor, BOARD, TIBCO, TARGIT, Yellowfin, Dundas and Pyramid Analytics. The minimal change might give the impression that these providers have not developed any further functionally, but overall, it is evident that they have invested in areas such as data discovery and especially data preparation and modernizing their software.

Much more movement in the Market Leaders segment

Most of the movement in the Market Leaders segment has been on the market execution side. SAP and Microsoft are enjoying growing demand for their SAP Analytics Cloud and Power BI products, which is reflected in improvements for both. Providers such as IBM, Oracle, Information Builders, Qlik and MicroStrategy remain among the Market Leaders with their already broad product ranges, which have developed well, especially in the data discovery area. Movements on the market execution side are strongly influenced by customer satisfaction ratings from The BI Survey.

In the Specialists segment, Sisense is putting further investment into enhancing its web client with data management functions. Dimensional Insight is strengthening its offering for specific sectors, and has launched an interesting product with predefined content.

“With more than 400 providers of BI tools active in the German market alone, enterprises often struggle to identify strong BI platforms that match their needs. BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms offers valuable support in this regard”, said Larissa Baier, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst at BARC. “In the next few months it will be particularly fascinating to keep an eye on the development of the ‘golden mean’. But the movement in the Market Leaders section also promises to be interesting.”

Provider selection and evaluation criteria

Providers must fulfill a number of technical and commercial criteria to be included in BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms. They must cover four of the six product categories (formatted and ad hoc reporting, dashboarding, analysis, data mining, planning and self-service BI/data discovery), and achieve an annual revenue from licenses and maintenance of 15 million euros in at least two geographic regions. All global economic regions are considered, i.e., Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Open source providers are evaluated according to their total revenue as they do not usually charge license fees.

BARC analysts rate each provider on “portfolio capabilities” and “market execution”. Analysis is based on detailed sub-criteria weighted by the analysts. Taken together, these sub-criteria determine the placement of each provider in the BARC Score ranking. For a quick overview, all providers, regardless of their overall rating, are included in the score graphic, where they are positioned across the following five categories: Dominators, Market Leaders, Challengers, Specialists and Entrants. For more information on BARC Score and the methodology behind it, see:

The complete BARC Score document, which includes a characterization of each provider and a summary of their strengths and weaknesses, can be purchased from BARC here.

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a CXP Group Company
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) is an enterprise software analyst and consulting firm with a focus on analytics/business intelligence (BI), data management, enterprise content management (ECM), customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, data management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries. For further information, visit, and (in German).

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