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BARC powerBImap Creates Transparency in the Market Around Microsoft Analytics

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, August 3rd, 2020

New interactive tool and analyst market overview covers more than a thousand companies and products in the Microsoft Power BI ecosystem.

  • – BARC presents powerBImap, the comprehensive market overview around Microsoft Power BI
  • – In combination with analysts’ evaluations, powerBImap creates transparency in the rapidly growing ecosystem
  • – powerBImap is an integral part of the world’s largest survey on the use of BI and analytics tools, The BI & Analytics Survey

Valuable new resource

BARC’s powerBImap represents a valuable new resource around Microsoft Analytics. This new market overview for the fast-growing Microsoft Power BI ecosystem will initially appear in regional editions for the German-speaking market, North America and the Middle East. For the first time, an innovative form of visualization is used, the “Voronoi” Treemap, which enables users to search and select from a comprehensive database of hundreds of software providers and consulting companies on an interactive website.

“The core task of an analyst is to bring transparency to markets,” said BARC’s CEO, Carsten Bange. “The fast-growing market around Microsoft Analytics and Power BI offers many starting points for this. With the combination of classic analyst assessment in powerBImap and our interactive Treemap Browser featuring hundreds of solutions and service partners, we are able to help interested parties to get the best out of their investment.”

powerBImap is driven together with well-known industry experts Donald Farmer, the former “face of Microsoft BI” at Microsoft and VP for Strategy at Qlik, and Stefan Sexl, founder of one of the major European Power BI consultancies. “Microsoft is great at building strong ecosystems around their technologies,” said Donald Farmer. “Power BI is supported and extended by hundreds of companies around the globe, and this fascinating partner ecosystem is a major reason for the fast growth of the platform. With powerBImap, we help Power BI users to discover and combine the best add-ons and partners, but we also support the ecosystem in connecting with each other.”

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The interactive powerBImap browser

Available online

The first edition of powerBImap is now available for the DACH market (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Further regional editions will follow shortly. Thanks to the support of nine sponsors, powerBImap is now available free of charge as part of The BI & Analytics Survey. Formerly known as The BI Survey, it is the world’s largest survey on the use of BI and analytics tools.

Visit: www.bi-survey.com/powerbimap

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.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

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

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Vendors of Modern Enterprise BI & Analytics Platforms Continue to Invest in User Guidance, Machine Learning and Modernization

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, June 29th, 2020

The analyst firm BARC publishes BARC Score Enterprise BI & Analytics Platforms 2020.

  • The sixth edition of BARC Score Enterprise BI & Analytics Platforms – BARC’s at-a-glance evaluation of market-relevant software vendors – is published today.
  • The market for enterprise BI & analytics platforms is growing – the 2020 edition includes two newcomers: Looker and Zoho.
  • Vendors continue to invest more actively in improving business user orientation and user guidance.
  • There is also increased investment in machine learning (ML) to support users, especially in data pre-processing and analysis. However, ML is hardly ever used to optimize/manage the platforms.

BARC Score evaluates and compares 22 vendors of modern enterprise business intelligence and analytics platforms active in the global marketplace. The chart and accompanying software evaluations by BARC experts Larissa Baier, Dr. Christian Fuchs, Patrick Keller, Robert Tischler and Dr. Carsten Bange are now available at www.barc-research.com/bi-score/.

“The market for enterprise BI & analytics platforms is broad and contains many strong solutions. In addition to new providers, a number of specialists are also expanding their product range and thus also managing to gain a foothold. The new BARC Score offers segmentation and assistance in software selection,” said Larissa Baier, BARC Analyst and Head of BARC Scores.

For years, business users in particular have been demanding improved usability and more functions in the analytics environment. All the providers featured in this BARC Score have invested in the improvement of business user orientation and user guidance. Trends such as Natural Language Query (NLQ) and Natural Language Generation (NLG) are intended to support business users in data analysis and interpretation. Business analysts can also increasingly benefit from analytical functions in data preprocessing and analysis. The longer-established solutions are currently undergoing modernization in terms of both user interfaces and architecture.

 

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Positioning of vendors in the BARC Score Enterprise BI & Analytics Platforms 2020 © BARC

The sixth edition of BARC Score Enterprise BI & Analytics Platforms examines solutions from 22 market-relevant vendors: Board International, Dimensional Insight, Domo, Dundas Data Visualization, IBM, Infor, Information Builders, Looker, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, OpenText, Oracle, Pyramid Analytics, Qlik, SAP, SAS, Sisense, Tableau, TARGIT, TIBCO, Yellowfin and Zoho.

Looker and Zoho appear in the BARC Score rankings for the first time this year, while Domo has moved from the Specialists to the Challengers segment since last year.

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 segments: “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.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

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

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The Data Management Survey 20 is Coming

BARC’s 2nd annual Data Management Survey will be published in September 2020. The field phase is over and it’s now my job to analyze & write up the results.

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BARC Survey Reveals Big Increase in Use of Cloud Planning. Surge in Predictive Planning Expected.

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, May 27th, 2020

The analyst firm BARC published The Planning Survey 20 today at its annual Digital Finance and Controlling conference, which is taking place online due to the Covid-19 crisis. This major study collates feedback from over 1,400 professionals on their use of software for planning and budgeting.

  • – The sixth edition of The Planning Survey is out now. With 1,400 respondents, it is the largest survey on the selection and use of planning software on the market.
  • – Survey results show that companies are increasingly focusing on planning in the cloud.
  • – Predictive planning and integration with BI and analysis functions are also increasing in popularity.

Cloud planning sees big increase

Use of cloud planning has jumped from just 8% of survey respondents in 2016 to 36% in 2020 (see Figure 1). The last two years has seen especially strong growth. Meanwhile, 51% claimed they saw no need for cloud-based planning in 2019, but that figure has dropped to 38% this year. Just 27% now have plans to use the cloud, among the lowest ‘planned’ rates this year (see Figure 2).

“For the first time, there are now more companies actually doing their planning with cloud-based software than those intending to do so in the future,” said Christian Fuchs, senior analyst at BARC and author of The Planning Survey 20. “Several purely cloud-based planning products have emerged in recent years, particularly in the United States, and some have already gained significant market share.”

Planning Survey chart: cloud usage 2016-2020

Figure 1: Planning in the cloud, 2016-2020, (n=various)

Surge in predictive planning expected

64% of respondents consider predictive planning and forecasting to be very important for their business. At present, it has been deployed in only 21% of the companies surveyed but a healthy 56% have plans to put it in place (see Figure 2). The main incentives of predictive planning are to achieve a better quality of extrapolations and simulations (cited by 53% of respondents), relief of planners (47%) and easier identification and evaluation of drivers (46%).

“Planning vendors are currently investing massively in the integration of statistical methods, machine learning and artificial intelligence to support their customers,” said Fuchs. “In the future, BARC expects to see ready-made solutions that are easy to understand and lead to reliable results. Less statistical know-how would be required to use them and the demand on resources would be reduced due to their prefabricated nature.”

Planning Survey 20 chart: trends adoption

Figure 2: Which of the following does your company do/use with your product for planning and budgeting? (n=893)

 

Buyers want flexibility and planning functionality, but integration with BI is also desirable

Flexibility and planning-specific functionality have been the two main reasons why companies buy their planning products over the last three years. But perhaps more interesting is the importance attached to reporting and analysis requirements (see Figure 3). This finding underlines the importance of integrating planning with classical business intelligence (BI) and analytics functionality such as reporting, analysis and dashboards.

“While planning is an important element of management control to align operational business with strategic corporate objectives, its success also depends on comprehensive analytics and BI functionality,” said Fuchs. “BARC has observed that the maturity level of integrated planning and analytics software has now reached a very high level, and it appears that many companies recognize the advantages of integrating the two areas, ideally within the same software product.”

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Figure 3: Why was your software product chosen? (n=904) © BARC

 

About the study

The Planning Survey 20 is the sixth edition of BARC’s major annual study into the selection and use of planning tools. The findings are based on a worldwide survey of 1,406 planning users, consultants and vendors, which was conducted from November 2019 to February 2020. It features analysis and comparison of 23 leading planning products based on user feedback, as well as current data on market trends and the selection and use of planning tools.

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Aggregated product-related results and an online product comparison tool

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.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

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

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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.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

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.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

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

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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’

Download the full study from the sponsor’s website:

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

data warehouse modernization technologies

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).

data warehouse modernization technologies

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
in rank
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.

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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
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