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MicroStrategy Leverages Embedded BI with HyperIntelligence to Deliver “Insights to Action”

MicroStrategy has been overshadowed in recent years by vendors such as Qlik, Tableau and Microsoft, but we believe strong BI platforms with scaling, security, administration and broad coverage of BI requirements from standard reporting to advanced analytics are still highly relevant.

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The Financial Performance Management Market is Growing Again and Shows a High Degree of Maturity

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, March 2nd, 2020

The analyst firm BARC presents the third edition of its software ranking for financial performance management. This BARC Score features evaluations of  15 market-relevant software manufacturers in the DACH market by BARC analysts Dr. Christian Fuchs, Larissa Baier and Julia Förth.

  • The third edition of BARC Score Financial Performance Management DACH is out now.
  • No more “Specialists” among the financial performance management (FPM) solutions rated by BARC: The market has reached a high level of performance and is populated equally by software generalists and specialists in the digitalization of financially oriented management processes.
  • New additions underline the trend towards portfolio expansion to include content and functions for financially oriented topics such as consolidation.

FPM tools offer assistance in mapping and digitalizing finance-oriented management processes. In addition to classic BI tasks such as (financial) reporting and analysis, they primarily support (integrated) financial planning and consolidation as core disciplines. This software segment is often characterized by easily standardized structures for optimal support in the FPM environment.

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Positioning of providers in BARC Score Financial Performance Management DACH 2020, © BARC

BARC Score Financial Performance Management DACH ranks the following 15 providers this year: Anaplan, Board, CoPlanner, Corporate Planning, cubus (a Serviceware company), IBM, IDL, Infor, Jedox, LucaNet, OneStream, Oracle, SAP, Unit4 Prevero and Wolters Kluwer CCH | Tagetik.

Two newcomers, Jedox and OneStream, qualified as “Challengers”. Renewed growth in the market underscores the fact that providers are increasingly complementing each other with financial functions, such as legal consolidation, and are thus enhancing their portfolios to better address the finance department. OneStream has built a stronger presence in the DACH market in the past year and has gained a foothold in the German-speaking region. This year, all FPM solutions were ranked as either “Market Leaders” or “Challengers”. The “Entrants”, “Specialists” and “Dominators” segments remain empty for the time being. The market has reached a high level of performance and is populated equally by software generalists and specialists in the digitalization of financially oriented management processes.

For further information and the complete software evaluations click here.

About BARC Score

Since 2015, BARC has been classifying providers of business software in various market segments and economic regions. BARC analysts evaluate each vendor meeting a number of technical and financial criteria according to their “Portfolio Capabilities” and “Market Execution”. Behind these two dimensions lie detailed, weighted criteria that determine the placement of the vendors in the BARC Score chart. In addition, BARC draws on the results of user surveys such as The Planning Survey and The BI Survey.

For a concise overview of the market, all vendors are classified in the BARC Score chart in one of five categories: “Dominators”, “Market Leaders”, “Challengers”, “Specialists” and “Entrants”. For more information on BARC Score and the methodology behind it, please visit:
www.barc-research.com/barc-score/.

About BARC

BARC (Business Application Research Center) is one of Europe’s leading analyst firms for business software, focusing on the areas of data, business intelligence (BI) and analytics, enterprise content management (ECM) and customer relationship management (CRM). The company was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the Chair of Business Administration and Information Systems at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg. Today, BARC combines empirical and theoretical research, technical expertise and practical experience, including a constant exchange with all market participants.

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Mark Handford
Tel.: +44 (0)1536 772 451
E-Mail: mhandford@barc-research.com

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Strong Solutions for Integrated Planning & Analytics Both in the DACH Region and Globally

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, March 2nd, 2020

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes DACH and global editions of “BARC Score Integrated Planning & Analytics.”

  • BARC evaluates market-relevant integrated planning and analytics software providers in the DACH region and – for the first time this year – worldwide
  • The market for integrated planning and analytics is highly competitive both locally and globally. Customers can expect functionally strong solutions
  • The DACH market is still dynamic compared to 2019: growth, takeovers, management changes and new entrants have been recorded

The analyst firm BARC has published two software rankings for integrated planning and analytics. The fifth edition of BARC Score Integrated Planning & Analytics (DACH) evaluates market-relevant manufacturers in the DACH market. This year also sees the publication of the first edition of BARC Score Integrated Planning & Analytics on a global level.

BARC analysts Dr. Christian Fuchs, Larissa Baier and Julia Förth assessed 18 manufacturers for the DACH edition. The international edition highlights 13 software vendors. Both BARC Score publications will be available from March 2nd 2020 at www.barc-research.com/barc-score/

“Advancing digitalization is rapidly shifting the framework conditions for corporate management and control. From predictability, stability and security, business is increasingly moving towards volatility, complexity and uncertainty. Transparency is intended to provide both a view into the past and the direction of future developments in process goals and structures. For this reason, we believe that investment in the improvement of business processes and supporting software solutions is a necessity,” said Dr. Christian Fuchs, Senior Analyst for Data and Analytics at BARC.

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Positioning of vendors in BARC Score Integrated Planning & Analytics global edition (2020), © BARC

The performance level of the manufacturers and the maturity level of their software products has now reached a high level. In addition to a few software generalists such as SAP, IBM, Infor and Oracle, these editions of BARC Score also include many specialized manufacturers such as Adaptive Insights (a Workday company), Anaplan, Bissantz, BOARD, CoPlanner, Corporate Planning, Cubeware, cubus (a Serviceware company), evidanza, IDL, Jedox, Longview, LucaNet, OneStream, Unit4 Prevero and Wolters Kluwer CCH | Tagetik. BARC rates their solution offerings and highlights the strengths and challenges of their portfolios.

BARC Score Integrated Planning & Analytics DACH features 18 providers, with OneStream being a new addition this year. Over the last 12 months, OneStream has gained a stronger foothold in German-speaking countries and has now qualified as a challenger.

We continue to observe the increasing globalization of many suppliers, who are outgrowing their local markets. In order to shed light on the worldwide market for Integrated Planning and Analytics software, a global edition of BARC Score Integrated Planning & Analytics is available for the first time this year.

For further information and the complete software evaluations, please click here.

About BARC Score

Since 2015, BARC has been classifying providers of business software in various market segments and economic regions. BARC analysts evaluate each vendor meeting a number of technical and financial criteria according to their “Portfolio Capabilities” and “Market Execution”. Behind these two dimensions lie detailed, weighted criteria that determine the placement of the vendors in the BARC Score chart. In addition, BARC draws on the results of user surveys such as The Planning Survey and The BI Survey.

For a concise overview of the market, all vendors are classified in the BARC Score chart in one of five categories: “Dominators”, “Market Leaders”, “Challengers”, “Specialists” and “Entrants”. For more information on BARC Score and the methodology behind it, please visit:
www.barc-research.com/barc-score/.

About BARC

BARC (Business Application Research Center) is one of Europe’s leading analyst firms for business software, focusing on the areas of data, business intelligence (BI) and analytics, enterprise content management (ECM) and customer relationship management (CRM). The company was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the Chair of Business Administration and Information Systems at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg. Today, BARC combines empirical and theoretical research, technical expertise and practical experience, including a constant exchange with all market participants.

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Mark Handford
Tel.: +44 (0)1536 772 451
E-Mail: mhandford@barc-research.com

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Infographic: BI Trend Monitor 2020

BARC’s BI Trend Monitor 2020 study gives BI practitioners a platform to have their say on the trends currently shaping the BI and data management market, supplemented by additional commentary and analysis from BARC analysts.

This infographic summarizes the importance that BI users and consultants attach to a series of 20 trends. It also reveals how these trends have evolved in popularity over the last five years.

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Infographic: Modernizing the Data Warehouse – Challenges and Benefits

Modernizing the Data Warehouse: Challenges and Benefits, a study based on a worldwide survey examining companies’ approaches to get their data warehouse to the next level. In particular, it provides insights regarding technologies used, benefits achieved and lessons learned by companies that are in the process of modernizing their data warehouse.

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The Challenges and Benefits of Data Warehouse Modernization

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, November 27th, 2019
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes Modernizing the Data Warehouse: Challenges and Benefits, a study based on a worldwide survey examining companies’ approaches to get their data warehouse to the next level. In particular, it provides insights regarding technologies used, benefits achieved and lessons learned by companies that are in the process of modernizing their data warehouse.

Retrofitting the data warehouse: time-consuming development processes call for action

It is the central approach of IT to make cumbersome processes more efficient through automation. Therefore, it seems obvious that users should seek to streamline their time-consuming development processes for the data warehouse by means of data warehouse/ETL automation. In fact, these approaches provide benefits. Above all, these include broad data warehouse usage and the ability to handle a larger variety of data to support enhanced analytical requirements. Greater efficiency in data management processes, on the other hand, only ranks 8th among the benefits achieved.

Lack of agility and skills as well as data landscape complexity limit the ability to act

Inflexibility in on-premises environments is driving companies to the cloud. Yet on average only 29 percent of our participants are adopting cloud services for their data warehouse. Investments in infrastructure and technology, however, are of limited usefulness. Data landscapes tend to be too complex and not many organizations have established data governance frameworks with both business and IT participation. So not surprisingly, a lack of business and technical skills is seen as a central challenge (38 percent) in data warehouse modernization.

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Figure 1: What are the biggest challenges your company faced in modernizing its data warehouse environment? Top five answers (n=380)

 

Leaders profit from their investments in a flexible data and process architecture and agile data services

Companies with greater data landscape maturity are more likely than others to use cloud services. They build leaner data architectures based on central data warehouses backed by analytical databases and implement fewer data marts. Microservices and API management play a greater role in their landscape. Their future prospects are more often focused on real-time analytics and streaming as well as new data sources and open data. They are therefore more likely to better support BI and advanced analytics requirements.

About ‘Modernizing the Data Warehouse: Challenges and Benefits’

‘Modernizing the Data Warehouse: Challenges and Benefits’ by Jacqueline Bloemen, Senior Analyst Data & Analytics at BARC, is a study based on a worldwide survey of 368 people with a professional interest in data management, conducted from January to May 2019. The study covers approaches to modernizing the data warehouse, technology use and current challenges. The full report is available free of charge thanks to sponsorship from Wherescape.

More information about ‘Modernizing the Data Warehouse: Challenges and Benefits’

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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, 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 more information, visit:
www.barc-research.com

Contact

For all enquiries, please contact:

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

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BI Users Name Data Quality the Biggest Success Factor in Their Work

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, November 13th, 2019
Which BI trends will shape the coming year? The enterprise software analyst BARC published the BI Trend Monitor 2020 at this year’s Big Data World in Frankfurt. With 2,865 BI users surveyed, the study offers a comprehensive overview of current trend topics in the global business intelligence market. For the third time in a row, BI users name master data and data quality management as the top trend.

Going into a new decade, the two most important trends – master data and data quality management in first place and data discovery in second place – remain unchanged compared to last year.

“BI users see the value of data. This means they are focusing on data quality, data governance and data strategy,” said Dr. Carsten Bange, founder and CEO of enterprise software analyst BARC. “Basically, they have realized that even the best ways to prepare data in dashboards or provide analysis functionality are worthless if they don’t have the right data or if the quality is not up to scratch.”

Third spot is now occupied by establishing a data-driven culture. This trend, which was newly introduced last year and went straight into fifth place in the rankings, is considered even more important this year. Self-service BI, on the other hand, dropped down to fifth place this year while data governance remains in fourth. All in all, these five top trends are the foundation for companies to manage and use their own data.

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Figure 1: Importance of BI trends from “not important at all“ (0) to “very important“ (10), n=2865


Artificial intelligence not yet on the agenda of BI decision-makers

Some trends have slightly gained in importance since last year – including real-time analytics and integrated platforms for BI and PM.  However, no single trend has made any major gains.

Mobile BI dropped from twelfth to fifteenth place this year, continuing its downward trend. The use of BI functions on mobile devices may no longer be very interesting for BI users because it is either available already or because the requirements of companies are changing.

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Figure 2: Development of rankings of BI trends since 2016, n=2794/2772/2770/2679/2865

Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning and AI are on everyone’s lips at the moment. Nevertheless, BI users rate this trend lower than they did last year (from nine to ten). More important than the difference in rank, however, is the reason behind this slight downward trend: In 2018, many hopes were based on new tools with artificial intelligence, so an increase for this topic might have been expected.

“Advanced analytics is probably not so highly valued as BI practitioners currently see other even more important trends in their work. Perhaps users are also skeptical about how the current, somewhat overblown topic of artificial intelligence can actually generate benefits in companies. Decision-makers are in the process of separating the hype from reality and identifying the most useful areas of application,” suggested Dr. Carsten Bange.

About the BI Trend Monitor 2020

With 2,865 participants, the BARC BI Trend Monitor 2020 is the largest worldwide trend survey on business intelligence and data management. It offers a detailed evaluation and weighting of twenty individual trends by region, industry and the self-assessment of companies (“best-in-class” vs. “laggards”). The full report is available free of charge thanks to sponsorship from Cubeware, Information Builders, MicroStrategy, TARGIT and Unit4 Prevero.

For more information on the BARC BI Trend Monitor 2020 and to download the full report, visit:
https://bi-survey.com/top-business-intelligence-trends

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 more information, visit:
www.barc-research.com

Contact

For all enquiries, please contact:

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

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Data Integration is Crucial for Modernizing the Data Warehouse

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, November 6th, 2019
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes “The Data Management Survey 19”, a new study based on a recent worldwide survey of 782 data management software users. The survey results provide insights into current approaches to data warehouse modernization as well as a comparison of 11 leading data management products.

It is generally acknowledged that 70-80 percent of the effort involved in data warehousing is spent on data integration processes. It is therefore natural that users should try to modernize their data warehouse environments by means of ETL automation and data warehouse automation. According to The Data Management Survey 19, data integration technologies are still the main technology used for this purpose (by 42 percent of respondents), closely followed by data warehouse automation solutions (37 percent) and data modeling tools (31 percent).

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Figure 1: What kind of technology have you implemented to modernize data warehousing? (n=388)

Specialist data warehouse automation software rated better than data integration tools

The Data Management Survey 19 reveals that data warehouse automation is one of the top three application scenarios for data integration tools, alongside classic tasks such as loading data marts and enterprise data warehouse systems. A comparison between data warehousing automation specialists and data integration tools found that user ratings of specialist software were better overall for data warehouse automation, especially in terms of developer efficiency and time-to-market. However, data integration tools did not come off too badly in the comparison.

Leaders set a trend for using analytical databases

There is a variety of approaches to modernizing the data warehouse and addressing new analytical requirements. BARC‘s study shows that companies with a flexible data and process architecture or agile interoperable data services (termed as “leaders“ for the purposes of this research) favor a central approach – such as building an enterprise data warehouse – rather than using additional data marts. According to the survey findings, one in three leaders has already migrated to a central approach.

The implementation of an enterprise data warehouse requires powerful databases that are able to scale with large data volumes and a multitude of different workloads while remaining both manageable and highly performant. As a result, leaders use analytical databases much more frequently (41 percent) than average (27 percent). Other companies are more likely to rely on data marts for modernization.

About The Data Management Survey

The Data Management Survey 19 is the first edition of BARC’s annual study of the data management software market. The study is based on a worldwide survey of 782 data management experts, which addressed questions about their software selection, implementation and usage. Detailed feedback on 11 data management products is analyzed and compared. A total of 690 participants answered a series of detailed questions about their use of a named product while over half answered a further set of more general, product-agnostic questions. To perform your own interactive product comparisons based on the survey data, visit:
https://bi-survey.com/data-management-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 more information, visit:
www.barc-research.com

Contact

For all enquiries, please contact:

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

BI Survey 19 press release

Business Intelligence Buyers Should Change Their Priorities

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, October 30th, 2019
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes The BI Survey 19, the latest edition of its influential, empirical study into the global market for analytics and business intelligence (BI) software. For more information, visit www.bi-survey.com

Data from The BI Survey 19 reveals that the most popular reasons for choosing to buy a BI product are not always those that result in the most successful implementations. For example, buyers who made sure they evaluated BI tools with a large data handling capacity yielded the highest business benefits with their BI solutions but, in practice, only 20 percent of buyers reported having that priority. Conversely, some criteria have less influence on future success but are often treated as important, such as price-performance ratio, which was cited as a major selection criterion by 42 percent of buyers.

How buyers should choose (rank) Difference
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How buyers choose (rank)
 Large data handling capacity 1 +6 7
 ‘Proof of concept’ faster or better 2 +11 13
 High innovative capacity of the vendor 3 +9 12
 Fast query performance 4 +2 6
 Good coverage of BI specific requirements 5 -1 4
 Ease of use for report designers 6 -1 5
 Flexibility of the software 7 -5 2
 Ease of use for report recipients 8 -5 3
 Deployment option 9 +10 19
 Ability to support large numbers of users 10 +1 11
 Price-performance ratio 11 -10 1
 International focus of the software 12 +8 20
 Good vendor relationship 13 -4 9
 Availability of local support 14 0 14
 Predefined data connection 15 -7 8

Figure 1: Reasons to buy a BI product vs. level of business benefits achieved, top 15 (n=2,212)

“Comparing the motives behind choosing analytics and BI tools with the benefits gained in real-world deployments produces some fascinating insights and enables us to see which selection criteria should be highly valued and which will have less impact on the success of implementations,” said Robert Tischler, Senior Analyst at BARC and co-author of The BI Survey 19.

Top benefits gained from BI relate to improved decision support

The three business benefits most likely to be achieved through analytics and BI – faster and more accurate reporting, analysis or planning and better decision-making – all relate to the improvement of decision support. However, many companies are also striving to monetize their data.

“Data monetization means generating measurable economic benefits from available data sources through analytics,” explained Tischler. “Data monetization can yield direct or indirect results and it can be internal or external. Using analytics and BI to make money out of data is becoming increasingly important nowadays, but still these benefits are typically achieved less frequently than others due to the challenges faced.”

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Figure 2: Level of business benefits achieved from using a BI product (n=2,477)

Democratized access to data: a work in progress

While finance and controlling departments are using BI in 80 percent of the companies surveyed, other departments that heavily rely on data such as sales (60 percent) and operations (53 percent) appear to be starved of the opportunity to gain relevant insights from their BI solution.

“Successful decision support in modern organizations requires democratized access to data,” said Tischler. “Decision makers in all departments need up-to-date and relevant information to base their decisions and actions on a reliable foundation. Results from analytics and BI must reach and be actively used by data-literate employees throughout the organization.”

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Figure 3: Which departments in your organization use BI application(s)? (n=2,550)

Self-service analytics tools rule the business intelligence market

More companies are now evaluating self-service analytics tools than any other flavor of BI solution. The list of most commonly evaluated BI software products is dominated by self-service-oriented tools, with the top four all belonging to this category.

This dominance is underpinned by figures for implementations taking place in the last two years. At the top of the pile, Microsoft Power BI, which has been evaluated 9 percent more often in the last two years compared to all-time, and Tableau (+6 percent) have improved on their already strong positions. The same is true for Qlik Sense (+4 percent).

About the study

The BI Survey 19 is the eighteenth edition of BARC’s major annual study into the selection and use of analytics and business intelligence tools. The findings are based on a worldwide survey of 3,021 software users, consultants and vendors, which was conducted from February to mid-June 2019. It features current data on market trends as well as detailed analysis and comparison of 36 leading software products from 31 different vendors based on user feedback.

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

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

About BARC – Business Application Research Center

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 more information, visit www.barc-research.com

For further information, please contact:

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

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