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BI and Data Management in the Cloud by BARC

Forecast for Cloud BI and Data Management: Hot and Rising

BARC and Eckerson Group’s “BI and Data Management In The Cloud” study examines current attitudes, issues and trends relating to the use of business intelligence (BI) and data management technologies in the cloud.

This infographic uses findings from the study to focus on companies’ increasing use of cloud BI and reveal the main use cases, challenges and benefits of moving BI to the cloud.

The full survey findings can be downloaded here.Cloud BI Survey Infographic

The full “BI and Data Management In The Cloud” survey findings can be downloaded here.


Big Data and Information Security

Big Data and Information Security: Infographic

BARC and KuppingerCole’s “Big Data and Information Security” study examines the role of Big Data analytics plays in cyber security. This infographic presents some of the key findings from the survey-based study.

Big Data and Security Analytics Infographic

Click here to find out more about our study on Big Data and Information Security.


Big Data Use Cases 2015 Infographic

The Planning Survey 16: Infographic

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Big Data Use Cases 2015 Infographic

BI Trend Monitor 2016: Infographic

BI Trend Monitor 2016 examines the trends currently shaping the business intelligence and data management market.

We asked close to 2,800 users, consultants and vendors for their views on the most important BI trends, revealing a comprehensive picture of regional, company and industry specific differences and delivering an up-to-date perspective on the BI market.

This infographic reveals how “best-in-class” organizations differentiate themselves from competitors in terms of their attitude to BI trends.

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BI trend monitor infographic

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The BI Survey 15 infographic

The BI Survey 15 Infographic

The BI Survey 15 infographic

Big Data Use Cases 2015 Infographic

Big Data Use Cases 2015: Infographic

Big Data Use Cases 2015 Infographic

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departments using big data

Big data analysis shown to increase revenues and reduce costs

Benefits and challenges

Over 40% of companies worldwide analyze big data and many are now enjoying a variety of benefits, according to “Big Data Use Cases 2015 – Getting Real On Data Monetization“, published this week by BARC.

Topping the list of benefits realized from big data analysis are better strategic decisions (69%), improved control of operational processes (54%), better understanding of customers (52%) and cost reductions (47%).

Furthermore, those organizations able to quantify their gains from analyzing big data reported an average 8% increase in revenues and a 10% reduction in costs.

“Big data analysis brings a number of advantages to the table, but the challenges involved should also not be underestimated”, says Dr. Carsten Bange, CEO of BARC and co-author of the study. “Our survey identified data privacy and data security as the two main issues in companies which already have big data initiatives in place.”

The next most cited issue is the lack of internal business and technical know-how for tapping and analyzing big data, leading many companies to say that they intend to create new jobs in this area. According to Dr. Bange, however, the global labor market probably can’t meet their demand for this type of expertise at the moment. “A global skills shortage could really curb the big data boom.”

Management is driving big data

Whether or not big data initiatives thrive in companies depends to a large degree on their management. In companies where big data initiatives are an integrated part of business processes, senior management is the main driver or thought leader (61%). However, in organizations still considering using big data analysis, the corresponding figure is much lower at 34%.

On the whole, business departments are still very passive and much less likely to be the drivers behind this topic.

Customer analysis is the most common project driver

Previous BARC surveys have shown that organizations broaden their range of big data application scenarios as they gain more experience in analyzing big data.

Currently, marketing and sales departments lead the way in big data analysis. Of the survey respondents who are using – or planning to use – big data, 25% said they have already integrated big data analyses in their marketing and 23% in sales.

But big data is by no means confined to these areas: respondents reported plenty of big data use cases in all other departments including production, finance, controlling and human resources.

departments using big data

The unusually high numbers for planned deployments by department (between 34% and 56% overall) suggest that, sooner or later, big data will reach every corner of the business.

Information on the survey

A total of 559 people participated in this survey. 37% came from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with another 22% coming from North America. Respondents represented a wide range of industries, most notably IT (16%), manufacturing (14%), consulting (13%) and retail (8%).

This independent study is available free of charge thanks to sponsorship from Blue Yonder, Cloudera, Hewlett-Packard, Information Builders, pmOne, SAS, Tableau and Teradata.

Click here to download the full study.

About BARC

BARC is an enterprise software industry analyst delivering product evaluations, conferences, market research and consulting to over 1,000 customers each year. BARC specializes in advising organizations on software selection in its core research areas of business intelligence, data management and enterprise content management.

Along with CXP and Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European IT research and consulting firm with 140 staff in eight countries.

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