BI trends 2020 ranked

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

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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).

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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

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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.

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

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

Carsten Bange, BARC CEO

Successful Management Buy-Out: Carsten Bange Regains Ownership of BARC

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, May 14th, 2019
As part of a management buy-out, founder Carsten Bange takes over the analyst firm BARC (Business Application Research Center) again. With this step, BARC strengthens its role as an independent expert for data and analytics, corporate performance management and enterprise software.

Carsten Bange founded BARC in 1999 and has been the company’s managing director ever since. In 2011 BARC was integrated into the Franco-German analyst group CXP. Following the entry of a new majority shareholder in 2017, CXP’s strategic orientation changed. The analyst group, now known as “teknowlogy Group”, is strategically focused on the development of its SITSI program and associated consulting activities for IT service companies, as well as “myteknow”, a new content platform for IT strategy.

In light of this change in strategy, BARC Managing Director Carsten Bange is buying back the BARC Group – with companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and more than 50 employees – as part of a management buy-out.

“We can look back on eight years of close and successful partnership. BARC will continue to work with teknowlogy Group to bring studies and expertise to data & analytics and performance management. At the same time, as an independent analyst house, we can provide our clients with know-how via our studies, advisory, training and events”, explained Bange.

For twenty years, BARC has been helping its clients make confident decisions for the digital future of their businesses. “Sound knowledge of market development is the foundation for goal-oriented consulting in projects and the implementation of market-leading conferences and community events,” said Bange. “BARC customers benefit from the breadth and depth of our expertise in driving efficiency through software and the values we live and breathe in an owner-managed medium-sized company: integrity, customer orientation and quality.

Carsten Bange, BARC CEO and Founder

 

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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
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Email: njanoschek@barc.de

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CXP Group Becomes teknowlogy Group

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PRESS RELEASE – PARIS, November 19, 2018

As of today, CXP Group changes its name to teknowlogy Group. The purpose of this name change is to better reflect the company’s vision, values and strategy. teknowlogy Group is the leading independent European research and consulting firm in the fields of digital transformation, software and IT services.

The group is made up of four entities, CXP, PAC, BARC and Ardour, which work together and in a complementary way to offer their clients a 360° view of the markets in a spirit of partnership and shared vision. If these four brands have a strong individual value, bringing them together under the same banner, while keeping the DNA of each one, is a guarantee of the creation of a collective intelligence based on multiple experiences and expertise, as well as a methodological and agile way of working. “Since our strength comes from our complementarities and different perspectives and the group is stronger than the mere sum of its parts, we had to find a new name – unique, meaningful, supportive and unifying”, says Yannick Carriou, Chairman and CEO of teknowlogy Group.

At the heart of this new brand is knowledge (-know-), a fundamental and founding element of the group. Indeed, teknowlogy Group is a high value-added content company based on strong expertise, data, analysis and methodical organization (the suffix -logy comes from the Latin -logia, used in the names of sciences or bodies of knowledge). Yannick Carriou explains: “As all this applies to technology, the name became obvious! We are aware some of our clients might have problems spelling the new name at first, but it also gives us the opportunity to explain to them what the name stands for. This small ‘orthographic hurdle’ also reflects our desire to be unique, to offer something special.”

But not only the name has changed. The group’s portfolio has been revised to include new products and services for IT software and service providers and end users.

About teknowlogy Group

teknowlogy Group is the leading independent European research and consulting firm in the fields of digital transformation, software, and IT services. It brings together the expertise of four research and advisory firms, each with a strong history and local presence in the fragmented markets of Europe: Ardour Consulting Group, BARC (Business Application Research Center), CXP and PAC (Pierre Audoin Consultants).

We are a content-based company with strong consulting DNA. We are the preferred partner for European user companies to define IT strategy, govern teams and projects, and de-risk technology choices that drive successful business transformation.

We have a second-to-none understanding of market trends and IT users’ expectations. We then help software vendors and IT services companies better shape, execute and promote their own strategy in coherence with market needs and in anticipation of tomorrow’s expectations.

Capitalizing on more than 40 years of experience, we operate out of seven countries with a network of 150 experts. For more information, please visit www.teknowlogy.com and follow us on on Twitter or LinkedIn.

For further information or media enquiries, please contact:

Yannick Carriou
Chairman and CEO, teknowlogy Group
Phone: +33 6 71 86 10 32
E-mail: ycarriou@teknowlogy.com

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications Manager, teknowlogy Group
Tel.: +49 (0)89 23 23 68 – 25
E-mail: wloercher@teknowlogy.com

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.”

Development of rankings of BI trends

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