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The Future of Reporting

Flexibility and Personalization Will Determine the Future of Reporting

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, June 26th, 2019
BARC (Business Application Research Center) publishes its new study “The Future of Reporting”. The global user survey-based study looks at current technologies and trends in the reporting landscape of companies as well as future developments. In addition to the global study, a second version focuses on developments in the DACH region. Both are available free of charge thanks to sponsorship by BOARD, Cubeware, IBM, SAP, Tableau and Zoho.

Companies today have to react faster than ever to changes in the market in order to keep up with the competition. Correct decisions can only be made with the help of a solid data basis, and reporting plays a key role in the provision of data. Today, however, only a minority of companies regularly make decisions based on data.

“It is time to modernize today’s reporting landscape and make decisions based on relevant information rather than gut feeling,” said Robert Tischler, Managing Director of BARC Austria and co-author of the study.

Decentralization is the key to new insights

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Figure 1: Top 4 most dissatisfying issues in reporting today (n=601)

Central data management and reporting are typically used to gain more control over corporate information. However, this control has a negative impact on the agility of departments. Almost a third of respondents (31%) are not satisfied with the way information is provided.

29% of users lack personalized content and active notification of relevant content. Users who work with predefined content need more flexibility in analysis and personalized content that is distributed through multiple channels.

More than a quarter (29%) of respondents say they are unable to respond to new developments and issues. But flexibility in reporting and BI is more critical than ever: it is the only way for companies to respond quickly to new customer demands, market developments and competitive pressures.

In addition to mastering the challenges of data management, BI managers must provide all business users with easy and fast access to data. Decentralized architectures and modern tools pave the way for rapid reaction to market changes. This enables users to quickly find, prepare and analyze relevant data.

Which measures are companies taking?

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Figure 2: What are the most important distribution channels and reporting types in your company today and in the future (n=603/602)

The improvement measures organizations have taken vary greatly between leaders and laggards. When comparing leaders with laggards, the most successful measures are clearly recognizable. Leaders invest heavily in data management and front-end issues. Almost half of all leaders (46%) have provided more users with self-service functions. This addresses one of the problems with which users are particularly dissatisfied – a lack of flexibility. On the other hand, only a quarter of all laggards (25%) have adopted this measure.

About “The Future of Reporting”

“The Future of Reporting” is a BARC user survey that addresses future developments in the field of reporting and business intelligence. It is based on a worldwide survey of more than 600 BI executives, developers and business users. It provides a user-based overview of the current status of reporting. In addition, the authors of the study, senior analysts Larissa Baier and Robert Tischler, provide well-founded insights into future developments, trends and challenges in corporate reporting.

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About BARC

BARC (Business Application Research Center) 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). With experts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, BARC supports clients in their software selection and strategy through specialist consulting, leading-edge research and a program of conferences and highly-focused seminars.

For further information or media enquiries, please contact:

Regina Schmidt
Communications Manager
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: rschmidt@barc.de

The Future of Reporting

Infographic: The Future of Reporting

Modernizing and optimizing enterprise reporting applications to support shifting and increasing demands is vital to continuously deliver trusted information for decision support in rapidly changing environments.

This study investigates current and future challenges with information delivery and how organizations plan to improve their enterprise reporting to gain benefits from their data treasures.

Click here to find out more and to download the full study.

Future of Reporting Infographic

 

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Flexibility the Main Driver of Cloud Planning and CPM

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, May 21st, 2019
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes The Planning Survey 19, the results of its fifth annual worldwide survey of nearly 1,400 planning users, consultants and vendors.

Among the many interesting results uncovered by The Planning Survey 19, it is revealed that the main reason companies use cloud-based planning products is the desire for greater flexibility and elasticity (56%, see Figure 1).

“The level of use of planning and CPM systems is subject to strong seasonal variation. During budgeting and forecasting periods there is a high usage pattern, while the tools are used significantly less frequently at other times of the year,” explained Christian Fuchs, senior analyst at BARC and author of The Planning Survey 19.

Other compelling reasons for choosing a cloud-based planning product over an on-premises solution include ‘reduction of maintenance efforts for hardware and software’ (45%), ‘costs’ (32%) and ‘speed of implementation’ (26%).

Chart: What are the main reasons for using or wanting to use a cloud-based planning solution?

Figure 1: What are the main reasons for using or wanting to use a cloud-based planning solution? (n=425)

Predictive planning an important trend

For nearly two-thirds of the companies surveyed (64%), predictive planning and forecasting have high to very high relevance.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive technologies are major trends in almost all areas of the IT market right now,” said Fuchs. “So companies are naturally keen to exploit the potential of predictive functions in the area of planning and budgeting.”

Chart: How important or relevant are predictive planning and forecasting for your company?

Figure 2: How important or relevant are predictive planning and forecasting for your company? (n=1,133)

Benefits of specialist planning tools

‘Increased planning frequency’, ‘improved integration of different sub-budgets’, ‘improved integration of planning with reporting/analysis’, ‘better quality of planning results’ and ‘more precise/detailed planning’ are the benefits companies achieve most frequently through the use of their planning products (see Figure 3).

In contrast to the main benefits, ‘saved headcount’, ‘increased competitive advantage’ and ‘reduced costs’ are seen as relatively minor benefits for planners. “This is understandable. Even with the best planning products, planning requires a lot of effort for any company and the software can only support the process, not entirely automate it,” said Fuchs. “However, planning tools save a lot of time compared to other approaches, and the hours previously invested in manual efforts can be used for more value-adding activities. Planning products can bring about competitive advantage by offering deeper insights into data and being more agile, enabling companies to react to current and future developments in their businesses. It will be interesting to see how current trends such as artificial intelligence and predictive planning can help to automate budgeting and forecasting processes and free planners from repetitive routine tasks in the future.”

Chart: To what level have you achieved the following benefits with your product?

Figure 3: To what level have you achieved the following benefits with your product? (n=881)

About the study

The Planning Survey 19 is the fifth edition of BARC’s major annual study into the selection and use of planning tools. The findings are based on a worldwide survey of 1,367 planning users, consultants and vendors, which was conducted from November 2018 to February 2019. It features analysis and comparison of 22 leading planning products based on user feedback, as well as current data on market trends and the selection and use of planning tools. The survey raised €1,500 in aid of UNICEF as part of BARC’s pledge to give €1 per survey completion to charity.

For more information, visit:
https://bi-survey.com/planning-survey-about

For aggregated product-related results and an online product comparison tool, visit:
https://bi-survey.com/planning-software-comparison 

About BARC
BARC (Business Application Research Center) 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). With experts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, BARC supports clients in their software selection and strategy through specialist consulting, leading-edge research and a program of conferences and highly-focused seminars.

For further information or media enquiries, please contact:

Nikolai Janoschek
Head of Market Research
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: njanoschek@barc.de

Data Monetization

BARC Survey Finds Data Monetization Is In The Early Stages of Adoption But Is Expanding

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, April 23rd, 2019
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes “Data Monetization – Use Cases, Implementation and Added Value”, the results of a survey sponsored by Tableau examining current approaches to data monetization in European companies.

17 percent of companies have established data monetization initiatives, a further 12 percent are currently building prototypes and another 10 percent are still developing concepts, according to new research from BARC. Large companies from retail, services, finance and banking are leading the way and, in general, data monetization is principally being implemented by larger companies. 25 percent of large companies and 23 percent of larger medium-sized companies responding to the survey have already launched data monetization products. In contrast, only 9 percent of small and 13 percent of small to medium-sized companies have already done so.

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Figure 1: Is data being monetized in your company? (n=200)

 

“Companies still have the opportunity to secure a competitive edge by engaging in data monetization”, said Sebastian Derwisch, BARC analyst and author of the report. “Our results show there is value in data monetization, but management needs to give priority to these initiatives. Therefore, data monetization projects must be tied to business goals and strategy.”

Providing results for process improvement is the main way to monetize data

Providing analysis results is the most common form of monetizing data. 40 percent of survey participants employ this type of data monetization, whereby data analytics is involved. The provision of data via reporting and benchmarking is almost as important (37 percent). Less common methods include establishing digital platforms (22 percent), extending existing products (17 percent), providing new services (16 percent) and building new business models based on data (6 percent).

Data monetization occurs mainly via the distribution of analysis results and through reporting and benchmarking. Fewer companies establish digital platforms, enhance existing products with new services or create new business models.

“The main focus is on the internal distribution of results as external data monetization is more complex, requiring companies to rethink business models”, commented Derwisch. “Furthermore, the higher standards of data quality and security required for external data monetization may be seen as a barrier.”

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Figure 2: How does your company monetize or plan to monetize data? (n=137)

 

Benefits of data monetization are tangible 

Data products can bring a broad range of benefits, from new revenue sources to a better understanding of customers and product improvements. New revenue sources are the most prevalent benefit of data products, reported by 69 percent of respondents. For 66 percent, the provision of new services is a benefit, and improved customer loyalty is cited by 63 percent of participants. Internal provision of the results of data analysis is a motivation for data monetization for more than half of respondents (59 percent), as is the internal provision of data and benchmarks (53 percent). Better insight into customers and improved customer experience – for example by personalization – is achieved by about 50 percent of participating companies. Generating new data is only viewed as a benefit by 38 percent, and binding partners and suppliers by 31 percent.

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Figure 3: Which benefits have you achieved by monetizing data? (n=32) 

 

About ‘Data Monetization – Use Cases, Implementation and Added Value’

‘Data Monetization – Use Cases, Implementation and Added Value’ is a survey-based study offering insights into how European companies are approaching data monetization. The online survey was carried out in October and November 2018, attracting 200 participants from a wide range of company sizes and industries. The full study is available free of charge thanks to sponsorship from Tableau. On completion of a short registration form, it can be downloaded from the Tableau website. BARC and Tableau will be presenting the survey results in a series of webinars in English, German and French on June 4th. For further information, visit: www.tableau.com

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a teknowlogy 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). Along with Ardour, Le CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of teknowlogy Group – the leading independent European research and consulting firm in the fields of digital transformation, software and IT services with a network of 155 experts in eight countries.

For further information or media enquiries, please contact:

Nikolai Janoschek
Head of Market Research
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: njanoschek@barc.de

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Ease Of Use Named The #1 Priority For Advanced Analytics Software Buyers

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, March 20th, 2019
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes “The Advanced Analytics Survey 19”, the results of a global survey into the selection and use of advanced analytics, data discovery and data preparation software.

Ease of use is the top buying criterion for companies evaluating advanced analytics software, according to new research from BARC. 52% of companies responding to BARC’s recent survey cited ease of use for data scientists as a reason for choosing their software while 51% were swayed by ease of use for business analysts. Other important considerations for software buyers are coverage of specific requirements (46%), code-free environment (39%) and performance (36%). Buyers are much less concerned about their software’s data governance features and concept (12%).

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Figure 1: Why did you choose your current software?

“Analytics software users are a diverse group, ranging from highly technical data scientists and machine learning engineers working on data analytics to business analysts focusing more on visual analysis and data exploration. This latter group – which has a preference for visual user interfaces rather than coding – is growing in importance”, said Sebastian Derwisch, BARC analyst and co-author of the report. “As a result, software vendors are striving to provide code-free user interfaces and user guidance to make analytics as accessible as possible to users in the line of business.”

Benefits of open source vs. commercial software

The levels of benefits achieved by open source users and commercial software users are generally comparable but with some notable exceptions. 48% of users of commercial analytics software achieve increased transparency of data usage to a high degree while the corresponding figure in the open source community is only 36%. Increased employee satisfaction is also felt more acutely among commercial software users.

A reduction in costs is only achieved to a high degree by a third of open source users. “Considering that open source software comes for free, it is surprising that reduced costs are not achieved more frequently”, commented Derwisch. “This would indicate that the operation and maintenance of open source software may require extra effort. Another explanation could be that data scientists skilled in open source languages are thin on the ground and cost more to employ.”

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Figure 2: To what level have you achieved the following benefits with your open source software?

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Figure 3: To what level have you achieved the following benefits with your commercial software?

Open source strong on functionality, commercial software has the edge in other areas

71% of open source users rate their data preparation, visualization and machine learning functionality as excellent. This is significantly higher than the 35% of respondents who say the same of their commercial products. However, commercial software has the edge when it comes to governance, user guidance and collaboration. Only 52% of open source users rank their governance capabilities as excellent or good, compared to 69% of users of commercial products, and the corresponding figures for on-screen user guidance are 50% (open source) versus 79% (commercial).

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Figure 4: Customer satisfaction with functionality of open source advanced analytics products

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Figure 5: Customer satisfaction with functionality of commercial advanced analytics products

About The Advanced Analytics Survey 19

The Advanced Analytics Survey 19 is a new BARC research study focused on the advanced analytics, data discovery and data preparation software tools market. It is primarily based on a survey of 677 software users and consultants worldwide, and provides a wealth of feedback on software selection and usage patterns as well as comparative analysis of ten of the leading advanced analytics solutions on the market today. Click here for further information.

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a teknowlogy 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). Along with Ardour, Le CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of teknowlogy Group – the leading independent European research and consulting firm in the fields of digital transformation, software and IT services with a network of 155 experts in eight countries.

For further information or media enquiries, please contact:

Nikolai Janoschek
Head of Market Research
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: njanoschek@barc.de

BI Trend Monitor

Creating a Data-Driven Culture Is the Latest Trend in the Business Intelligence Market

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, November 6th, 2018
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes BI Trend Monitor 2019, a survey-based review of twenty of the key trends dominating today’s global business intelligence (BI) market, at its annual BI & Data Management Congress in Frankfurt this week.

Many organizations are now striving to become data-driven enterprises according to recent research by BARC. Despite featuring in BI Trend Monitor for the first time this year, data-driven culture was identified as the fifth most important trend in a survey of 2,679 BI users and consultants. A marked regional variation in survey responses reveals that organizations in the Americas attach far more importance to this trend than European companies. In fact, North American companies vote it as their number one trend and South American respondents make it their number two trend.

Importance of BI trends

Figure 1: Importance of BI trends from “not important at all” (0) to “very important” (10), n=2679

“This represents a major shift in today’s business world”, said Carsten Bange, founder and CEO of BARC. “Creating a data-driven culture is about replacing gut feelings with decisions based on data-derived facts, be they simple key figures like revenue or profit, results from advanced analytics models, or even qualitative data. However, a data-driven culture should not be interpreted as blindly following numbers. It should encourage the advancement of data interpretation skills and critical thinking, which enables businesses to not only base their decisions on reliable data, but also to know when it is better not to do so.” 

Surging trends

Trends that have clearly increased in importance compared to last year include agile BI development and advanced analytics and analytics teams.

“While agile development has become a preferred development approach in the BI world, advanced analytics expresses the need for businesses to use data in a more beneficial way”, said Bange. “Also, advanced analytics includes machine learning, which is tightly interconnected to many hyped use cases in the sphere of artificial intelligence.”

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Figure 2: Development of rankings of BI trends, n=2794/2772/2770/2679

GDPR’s enduring influence

Having risen in the rankings last year, data governance is voted as the fourth most important trend in BI for the second year in a row, and GDPR almost certainly has a bearing on this finding. Although data governance covers a much wider spectrum than ‘just’ providing data protection, its rising significance can also be traced back to an increase in data security awareness partially brought about by legislation. The impact of GDPR is being felt beyond the European Union where it was enacted. The new regulation covers the data protection and privacy of individuals in the EU but it affects businesses that deal with Europe all over the world. 

About BI Trend Monitor 2019

Based on data from a worldwide survey of 2,679 BI professionals, BI Trend Monitor is BARC’s annual assessment of the twenty most talked-about trends in the BI software market. Each trend is evaluated by company size, region, industry and according to the self-assessment of participating companies (“Best-in-Class” vs. “Laggards”). The full report is available free of charge thanks to sponsorship from Cubeware, Information Builders, TARGIT, Unit4 prevero and Yellowfin. For further information and to download BI Trend Monitor, visit:
http://barc-research.com/research/bi-trend-monitor/

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). 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 or media enquiries, please contact:

Nikolai Janoschek
Head of Market Research
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: njanoschek@barc.de

BI Trend Monitor

BI Trend Monitor 2019 Infographic: The Importance of BI Trends

BI Trend Monitor 2019 offers a real-world perspective on the trends currently shaping the business intelligence and data management market.

We asked 2,679 users, consultants and vendors for their views on the most important BI trends. Their responses show consensus in some areas but regional, company and industry specific differences in many others.

The infographic below reveals how the importance of 20 BI trends has evolved in the first four editions of BI Trend Monitor.

Click here to find out more and register to download the full study.

BI Trend Monitor 2019 infographic

 

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Infographic: How To Rule Your Data World

In today’s digitalized world, data is essential for analytics and is exposed to a variety of environmental conditions which involve differing requirements and frameworks. New use cases and regulatory obligations require data management and transparency covering the whole lifecycle.

There is a rising awareness of the necessity to stay on top of things: to master your data and use it to support the achievement of business objectives without drowning in a massive flood of data.

This BARC survey examines the following core issues:

  • What are the most striking benefits of data governance?
  • Which technological approaches are companies taking to control and provide data?
  • What are the critical success factors of effective data governance?

More information about “How To Rule Your Data World”

The full study will be available on all the sponsors’ websites soon (currently denodo only):

The following infographic offers an insight into some of the most important results of the study:Infographic: How to rule your data world

Sharp Upturn in Cloud BI Deployments in Last Two Years

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, October 16th, 2018
According to The BI Survey 18, published this week by The Business Application Research Center (BARC), the popularity of cloud BI and BIaaS deployments has been one of the fastest moving trends since 2017. The BI Survey is the world’s largest annual survey of business intelligence (BI) software users. It measures trends and provides a detailed comparison of 36 leading BI products. For more information, visit www.bi-survey.com

31% of new BI deployments in the last two years have been on cloud-based platforms, compared to only 14% of BI projects undertaken more than two years ago. Of all the BI trends monitored in The BI Survey 18, cloud BI adoption has seen the sharpest upturn in the last two years. Visual analysis (68% within the last two years vs 58% over two years old) and mobile BI (37% vs 27%) are the next closest.

“We have seen a gradual increase in the overall number of cloud deployments over time, but the data since 2017 tells us just how popular cloud is right now”, said Carsten Bange, founder and CEO of BARC. “Although BI is behind the curve compared to the CRM market for example, several of the main BI vendors have now switched to a cloud-first strategy, which has clearly had an influence on the deployment option customers are choosing.”

BI Usage Trends 2017-2018

Figure 1: Use of BI capabilities – new BI investments vs. products purchased over 2 years ago


Why companies choose their BI product

Respondents’ top four reasons for purchasing a BI tool are flexibility, ease of use for report recipients, functionality and price-performance ratio. Since 2003, reasons to buy have remained pretty consistent, with most varying by less than ten percent in that time. Ease of use has varied the most, but in the past six years it has been consistent at around 40 percent. The largest recent fluctuation is functionality, which has decreased by over ten percent since 2016.

“This consistency indicates customers’ needs have changed little,” said Bange. “A fair price for a flexible and functional tool that is easy to use is what customers most want out of a BI product. Vendors understand this and often prioritize ease of use, functionality and flexibility during development. Microsoft’s aggressive pricing for PowerBI is putting a lot of pressure on other BI vendors, which is good news for customers since prices for BI tools with self-service capabilities are decreasing.”

Business intelligence penetration rate increasing slowly

The median percentage of BI users in companies taking part in The BI Survey has risen from 10% in 2014 to 13% in 2018. Further analysis reveals that companies claiming to have achieved the most benefit from their BI tools (“Best-in-Class”) have on average 9 percent more BI users than those achieving the least benefit (“Laggards”), suggesting that there is a relationship between the number of BI users and the degree of benefits an organization gains. This relationship should provide an incentive for businesses to maximize BI tool penetration and train as many employees as possible to use their BI tool. 

About The BI Survey

The BI Survey is BARC’s long-running annual survey-based study into the BI software market. It is based on user opinion about software selection, implementation and usage from over 3,000 BI professionals worldwide. Detailed feedback on 36 BI products is analyzed and compared. Visit https://bi-survey.com/business-intelligence-software-comparison to perform interactive, high-level product comparisons.

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). 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 or media enquiries, please contact:

Nikolai Janoschek
Head of Market Research
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: njanoschek@barc.de

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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 18.

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:
www.barc-research.com/barc-score.

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 www.barc-research.com, www.bi-survey.com and www.barc.de (in German).

For all enquiries, please contact:

Larissa Baier
Senior Analyst BI
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: lbaier@barc.de

Peter Kretschmer
Head of Marketing
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-54
Email: pkretschmer@barc.de