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Master Data and Data Quality Management Now the #1 Trend in BI

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, November 14, 2017
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) publishes BI Trend Monitor 2018, a comprehensive review of the trends dominating today’s global business intelligence (BI) market, at its annual BARC Congress this week.

For the first time, BI users and practitioners identify master data / data quality management as the #1 trend in the business intelligence (BI) industry at the moment. In third position last year, this trend now occupies the top spot ahead of data discovery / visualization and self-service BI.

“The prominence of master data / data quality management sends a strong message”, said Carsten Bange, CEO of BARC. “While topics like data discovery, visualization and self-service BI are much hyped and highly appealing to business users, they are nothing without a solid foundation of data. A properly resourced, well organized and continuous program of data integration and data quality is a must for any data-driven organization. If you don’t have trust in the underlying data, your company’s reporting systems, and ultimately decision-making, are effectively based on quicksand.”

BI trends on the rise

BARC’s BI Trend Monitor is based on a survey of more than 2,700 BI professionals about the importance of BI trends in their daily work. Trends ranking higher now compared to previous years include data governance, real-time analytics, collaboration and using external/open data. Data preparation for business users has also enjoyed a particularly sharp rise in popularity, and its relevance is recognized quite evenly across all industries and company sizes. However, North American companies have been much quicker to adopt this trend than their European counterparts.

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Figure 1: Changes in rankings of selected BI trends, 2015-2017
Source: BARC BI Trend Monitor 2018 (n = 2794/2770)

Cloud BI adoption remains low

Despite the general popularity of running business applications in the cloud, it seems that organizations are not rushing to deploy BI in cloud environments. This is especially true of companies in Europe, while there is greater acceptance in the Americas and especially the Asia Pacific region. “Cloud BI has a lot going for it”, said Carsten Bange. “Its functional capabilities are becoming similar to corresponding on-premises products, its flexibility to cope with changes is higher and the administrative burden on local IT departments is certainly reduced. However, our consulting experience in Europe tells us it is not the attractiveness of the platforms that deters organizations from moving their BI landscapes into the cloud, but legal, security and privacy concerns, a lack of knowledge about how to set up and run cloud BI solutions, a lack of trust in the vendors or their viability, and the desire to keep company data under their own control.” 

About BI Trend Monitor 2018

Based on data from a worldwide survey of 2,770 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 region, industry and according to the self-assessment of participating companies (“Best-in-Class” vs. “Laggards”). For further information and to download the full report, click here or visit https://bi-survey.com/top-business-intelligence-trends

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a CXP Group Company

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) is an enterprise software analyst and consulting firm with a focus on analytics/business intelligence (BI), data management, enterprise content management (ECM), customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, data management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries.

For all enquiries, please contact:

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

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications Manager DACH
Phone: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
Email: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

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The Business Intelligence Industry Continues Its Ongoing Empowerment of Business Users

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, October 18th, 2017
According to The BI Survey 17, published this week by The Business Application Research Center (BARC), the trend for self-service and the empowerment of non-technical users continues its rise. The BI Survey is the world’s largest annual survey of business intelligence (BI) software users. It measures trends and provides a detailed comparison of over 40 of the leading products on the market. For more information, visit www.bi-survey.com

Empowerment of business users

Data discovery and self-service BI tools, which are both aimed at non-technical business users, continue to be the dominant user trends this year. 2017 also witnessed a sharp upturn in the adoption of collaborative functionality, which is currently the fastest growing trend in BI.

“The widespread use of social networks and instant messaging in personal computing has played its part here”, said Carsten Bange, founder and CEO of BARC. “It has led the way in showing how effectively people can collaborate on these platforms, as well as directly influencing the development of collaborative BI functionality. The proportion of employees using BI products in organizations has also been steadily rising in recent years, which makes effective collaboration all the more important”

BI trends 2011 to 2017

Figure 1: Use of BI Trends (Timeline)

Vendor trends vs. user trends

 The BI Survey compares the current level of usage of several trending BI use cases with what the software vendors believe to be the present level of adoption. Vendors believe trends such as mobile BI, cloud BI, embedded BI and location analysis are far more prevalent than current usage statistics indicate. Conversely, data preparation is a “user led” trend: vendors are unaware of the full extent to which it has been adopted by users.

BI trends in 2017, vendors vs users

Figure 2: What vendors say their customers do with their BI products vs. what companies say they do with them

Qlik, Tableau and Microsoft: the most frequently evaluated vendors

 When organizations choose their BI solutions, Qlik, Tableau and Microsoft are the three most frequently evaluated vendors. The BI pure plays Qlik and Tableau have been strong in the market for a while but Microsoft’s appearance in the top three represents something of a resurgence over the last two years. This coincides with the 2015 introduction of its new generation of the Power BI product line.

Low recommendation rate for BI solutions

Only 52% of BI users say they would definitely recommend their solution to others. This is a rather sad reflection on the BI market at the moment, especially on some of the large multinational, generalist vendors for whom recommendation rates are especially low. Although they may be viewed as a safer investment, it seems users are readier to recommend products from smaller, specialist vendors.

 About The BI Survey

 The BI Survey is BARC’s annual survey-based study into the BI software market. It is based on user opinion about software selection, implementation and usage from over 3,000 BI professionals worldwide. Detailed feedback on 42 BI products is analyzed and compared. Visit https://bi-survey.com/business-intelligence-software-comparison to perform interactive, high-level product comparisons.

The BI Survey 17 is written by analysts from BARC and Eckerson Group.

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a CXP Group Company

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) is an enterprise software analyst and consulting firm with a focus on Analytics/Business Intelligence (BI), Data Management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, Data Management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries. For further information, please visit www.barc-research.com, www.bi-survey.com or www.barc.de (in German).

For further information or media enquiries, please contact:

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

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications Manager DACH
Phone: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
Email: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

BARC Score

“BARC Score Advanced Analytics Platforms” Presents a Direct Comparison of Twelve International Providers

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, October 5th, 2017
In BARC Score Advanced Analytics Platforms, the Business Application Research Center (BARC) analyzes and rates twelve global providers for the first time on the basis of detailed product and market-related criteria. In addition to well-known providers, some interesting solutions from lesser-known players are assessed.

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Figure 1: Positioning of providers in the BARC Score Advanced Analytics Platforms

Topical focus areas

BARC Score Advanced Analytics Platforms shows that most advanced analytics providers are addressing certain topics, such as the integration of open-source solutions including R, Python, H2O and MLlib, the operationalization of advanced analytics models, the integration of deep-learning algorithms and cognitive APIs, as well as developing special solutions for users in business departments.

Twelve vendors evaluated

In the Dominators group, IBM and SAS have broken away from the pack and offer very good solutions for several of the aforementioned areas while consistently developing their portfolio in this direction in recent years. Microsoft is rated as a Market Leader. The provider acquired Revolution Analytics, the special R implementation, around two years ago and has now integrated it into SQL Server.

The Challengers segment contains Alteryx, FICO, KNIME, RapidMiner, SAP and TIBCO. TIBCO has strengthened in recent months with the acquisition of Statistica, a mature data science platform. Meanwhile Alteryx has gained functionality in the area of Python integration and the operationalization of advanced analytics solutions through its purchase of Yhat. As a new solution, FICO offers the Analytics Workbench which, in addition to interesting data processing functions, offers Jupyter notebook integration. KNIME has mainly strengthened its portfolio around the area of model management and solutions for citizen data scientists, and with Predictive Factory, SAP offers a web-based solution for the management of advanced analytics models.

The Specialists segment features Dataiku, Hitachi (Pentaho) and Information Builders. Dataiku is a new solution and provides very good integration with open-source software. Hitachi (Pentaho) is based on the tried-and-tested Weka and offers extensive possibilities for the integration of open-source libraries. Information Builders provides a graphic interface for R libraries, which is integrated directly into WebFOCUS and also opens up the possibility of translating models for operationalization into C code.

“Many companies have experimented extensively with advanced analytics and are now faced with the concrete task of operationalizing advanced analyses to bring benefits”, says Dr. Sebastian Derwisch, a data scientist at BARC. “It can be challenging to find a comprehensive overview of the heterogeneous market for advanced analytics platforms and to establish which providers meet the particular requirements of a buying organization. This is where BARC’s expertise in advanced analytics technologies and detailed knowledge of the relevant software providers can provide guidance. BARC Score Advanced Analytics Platforms evaluates each individual manufacturer, and with the BARC Score graphic, it summarizes their current market positions and portfolio ranges.”

Provider selection and evaluation criteria

A number of technical and commercial criteria are used as a basis for the inclusion of a provider in this BARC Score. For example, a vendor’s portfolio must support the entire analytical cycle and include graphic modeling of advanced analytics models. The software must provide methods for unsupervised and supervised learning as well as time series analysis. Also, it must be developed and maintained by the provider, must not be tied to specific (database) technology, and must achieve an annual revenue from licenses and maintenance of at least 1 million euros with significant business in at least two regions of the world.

Each vendor is classified in one of the following five categories on the chart: Dominators, Market Leaders, Challengers, Specialists and Entrants. For more information on BARC Score and the methodology behind it, click here.

The complete BARC Score report, which includes an overview of each of the twelve providers including their strengths and weaknesses, can be purchased from BARC. Further information on the BARC Score Advanced Analytics Platforms can be found at:
http://barc-research.com/barc-score/advanced-analytics/

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a CXP Group Company

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) is an enterprise software analyst and consulting firm with a focus on Analytics/Business Intelligence (BI), Data Management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, Data Management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries. For further information, please visit www.barc-research.com, www.bi-survey.com or www.barc.de (in German).

For further information or queries, please contact:

Dr. Sebastian Derwisch
Data Scientist
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: sderwisch@barc.de

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications Manager DACH
Phone: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
Email: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

BARC Score

BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms: A Direct Comparison of Modern Enterprise BI Platform Providers

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, September 22nd, 2017
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) has published the third edition of BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms. The independent consulting and analyst firm ranks twenty market-relevant, international providers of business intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms based on an extensive list of criteria, as well as user feedback.

BARC Score Enterprise BI 2017 chart

Figure 1: Positioning of providers in the BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms

Growth among the market leaders

Several changes in the BI market over the last twelve months are reflected in this year’s BARC Score. Microsoft Power BI makes the biggest move this year, joining the Market Leaders segment for the first time. Microsoft’s suite of analytics tools has shaken up the BI market since its launch in 2015 and BARC’s research shows it was one of the most frequently evaluated BI platforms in 2016/17. Providers such as IBM, Information Builders, MicroStrategy, Oracle, Qlik and SAP have introduced functional improvements since last year and all hold on to their positions in the Market Leaders segment in 2017.

Consolidation in the field of challengers

At the beginning of 2017, Infor’s acquisition of BIRST caused a significant shift in the market. The combined portfolio of these two companies is evaluated together this year. The takeover of Statistica was a crucial part of TIBCO’s analytics strategy, but it only had a minor impact on TIBCO’s ranking this year. BOARD, OpenText, Tableau and TARGIT have made progress over the last year thanks to improvements in their strategies and/or products. Meanwhile, SAS continues to reinforce its status as a strong provider in the BI market, especially in the area of analytics, and is currently working on new products and improvements to the Viya platform.

Hitachi (Pentaho) has made the leap to the Challengers segment thanks to its increased use in ‘big data’ environments. Dundas, mainly prevalent in the North American market and a newcomer in this year’s BARC Score, is also well placed in the Challengers segment. This segment also includes Yellowfin and Pyramid Analytics, who both offer good approaches to analytics but still have a relatively low level of recognition. Finally, Sisense and Dimensional Insight are placed in the Specialists segment. Both vendors offer interesting solutions for selected usage scenarios.

“With more than 400 providers of BI tools active in the German market alone, enterprises often struggle to identify strong BI platforms that match their needs. BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms offers valuable support in this regard”, said Larissa Seidler, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst at BARC. “Next year, it will be interesting to see how some of the providers integrate their acquisitions and further develop the functions of their newly released products.”

Provider selection and evaluation criteria

Providers must fulfill a number of technical and commercial criteria to be included in BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms. They must cover four of the following six product categories – formatted and ad hoc reporting, dashboarding, analysis, data mining, planning and self-service BI / data discovery – and achieve annual license and maintenance revenues in excess of 15 million euros in at least two of the following regions – EMEA, North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Open source providers are evaluated according to their total revenue as they do not usually charge license fees.

BARC analysts rate each provider on its “portfolio capabilities” and “market execution”, which are based on a set of detailed, weighted criteria. Taken together, these criteria determine the placement of each provider in the BARC Score chart, which offers a quick overview of the global enterprise BI and analytics platforms market. Each vendor is classified in one of the following five categories on the chart: Dominators, Market Leaders, Challengers, Specialists and Entrants. For more information on BARC Score and the methodology behind it, click here.

The complete BARC Score document, which includes a comprehensive characterization of each provider including their strengths and weaknesses, can be purchased from BARC. For more information on BARC Score Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms, visit: www.barc-research.com/bi-score

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a CXP Group Company

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) is an enterprise software analyst and consulting firm with a focus on Analytics/Business Intelligence (BI), Data Management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, Data Management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries. For further information, please visit www.barc-research.com, www.bi-survey.com or www.barc.de (in German).

For further information or queries, please contact:

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

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications and Marketing Manager
Phone: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
Email: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

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Analyst Firm Awards 2017: CXP Group occupies fourth place in the global ranking for IT services

PRESS RELEASE – PARIS, July 20th 2017

CXP Group logoCXP Group (BARC, Le CXP, PAC), the leading European analyst firm for the software and IT services industry, as well as for topics related to digital transformation, takes fourth place in the category “IT services” at this year’s Analyst Firm Awards hosted by Kea Company. The awards are based on the results of the Analyst Value Survey conducted by Kea Company among analyst firm clients worldwide.

“In the field of IT services, CXP Group is achieving great ratings,” says Duncan Chapple, Managing Partner at Kea Company. “IT services is the area where CXP Group creates the most value with its research and advisory services. IT services professionals particularly value CXP Group’s inquiry calls, research reprints and business leads especially highly.”

“We’re very pleased with our fourth place in the category ‘IT services’ in the global ranking of leading analyst firms*. The positive response that we receive from European and global companies is a validation of our work,” says Frédéric Munch, Managing Partner and Member of the Board at CXP Group. “Demand for IT services is changing. Digitalization trends such as the Internet of Things, analytics, or artificial intelligence are changing the structure of the industry. In addition to increasing efficiency, the interface to the customer and the support of new business models are now back in focus. Using our knowledge of the market, vendors, and implementation, we help our customers to recognize the opportunities and risks of these developments, and to capitalize on them.”

(*) Analyst Firm Awards 2017: #5 in the category “most valuable globally” – “PAC (CXP Group) has entered the top 5 this year. The basis for this result is the excellent quality of its consulting services as well as its top ranking achieved in the area of research among all top 10 companies. PAC’s influence on the purchasing decisions of companies has increased considerably.” Influencerrelations.com, Kea Company.

About the Analyst Firm Awards:
Kea Company is a global consulting firm focusing on business consulting and influencer marketing services for providers of high-tech products and ‑services. Each year since 2014, KEA Company has been presenting the Analyst Firm Awards to those analyst firms who deliver the greatest added value from the customer’s point of view and take a leading role in certain market segments. The awards are based on the results of the Analyst Value Survey conducted annually by Kea Company since 2000. In the current online survey, participants were able to evaluate 15 analyst firms in a total of 12 categories.

About CXP Group (BARC, le CXP, PAC):
CXP Group is the leading independent European research and consulting firm for the software, IT services and digital transformation industry. It offers its customers a comprehensive support service for the evaluation, selection and optimization of their software solutions and accompanies them in their digital transformation journey. CXP Group’s expertise covers a wide range of topics, such as BI, content management, ERP, finance, HRIS, CRM, BPM, IT management, cyber security and more. Further, CXP Group supports ITC decision makers in evaluating and selecting IT services providers and accompanies them in optimizing their sourcing and investment strategies. Moreover, CXP Group assists software and IT services providers in optimizing their strategies and go-to-market approaches with quantitative and qualitative analyses as well as operational and strategic consulting services. Public organizations and institutions equally base the development of their IT policies on our reports. Capitalizing on 40 years of experience, based in 8 countries (with 17 offices worldwide) and with 140 employees, CXP Group provides its expertise every year to more than 1,500 ICT decision makers and the operational divisions of large enterprises and mid-market companies and their providers. For more information please visit: www.pac-online.com, www.cxp.fr, www.barc.de. Follow us on Twitter: @CXPgroup, @CXPgroup_DE, @CXPgroup_FR

Press contacts:

France, UK, Rest of the World:
Christophe Tilmont
VP Marketing
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E-mail: ctilmont@cxpgroup.com

DACH:
Wiebke Lörcher
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel.: +49 (0)89 23 23 68-25
E-mail: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

 

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Data Preparation: BARC Survey Highlights Skills Shortage and Lack of Management Buy-In

Wuerzburg, 4th July 2017: The Business Application Research Center (BARC) announces the publication of  “Data Preparation – Refining Raw Data into Value”, a report into the current use of data preparation tools and the benefits and challenges they present. The study was based on an independent survey of over 695 business intelligence (BI) professionals from a range of industries worldwide, making it one of the most far-reaching studies to examine this emerging aspect of data management.

The increasing digitalization of business processes is making it necessary for companies to enable as many users as possible to gain insights from data. Many companies today view data preparation as the key to increasing their ability to efficiently use data in a distributed manner to optimize business processes, or to enabling new, innovative business models in the first place.

In today’s economy, achieving efficient and agile data preparation is of utmost importance. Increasingly volatile and saturated markets create a complex business environment where the ability to differentiate by leveraging the power of analytics is vital. Organizations struggle to keep up with the demand for data for analytics to gain insight into changing market conditions. The pressure on analytical landscapes to provide data for in-depth analysis is high and addressing these needs requires skilled personnel and a modern approach to data preparation.

Data preparation needs to be deeply and extensively embedded in the organization

According to the survey results, a lack of knowledge and budget are among the main obstacles to setting up data preparation initiatives. The ability to gain valuable insights from data through efficient and largely independent data preparation in business departments is currently seen as patchy. Therefore, there is an urgent need for training and coaching in order to be able to implement sophisticated digitalization strategies. To do this, management needs to allocate dedicated resources and budgets.

“As with many aspects of data management, data preparation cannot be done in passing,” said Timm Grosser, Senior Analyst at BARC and co-author of the report. “It has to be viewed as a valuable step in the process of creating value from data: not a one-off project that can be outsourced and completed externally, but an ongoing endeavor that requires a high degree of competence. Any organization that is serious about data preparation must look to acquire and nurture know-how and skills.”

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Figure 1: In your company, what problems do you face when using data preparation? (n=647)

Data preparation initiatives should involve both IT and business departments

The companies achieving the greatest benefit and highest satisfaction with data preparation are those that have made it a shared task between IT and business departments. In these cases, users with a strong sense of the business are able to prepare data independently in the main, but with the support of technical experts who ensure compliance with standards. This enables business problems to be answered quickly when they arise. Developed solutions are then automated by technical specialists and made available to a wider audience. This can prevent the formation of separate solutions and silos caused by the isolated preparation of data.

Seven ‘hot spots’ of data preparation

The key findings from “Data Preparation – Refining Raw Data into Value” are condensed into seven “hot spots”, designed to help organizations optimize their approach to – and achieve the maximum benefits from – data preparation.

The full study, “Data Preparation – Refining Raw Data into Value”, is available free of charge thanks to sponsorship from Denodo, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau and TimeXtender.

For more information and to download the report visit:
www.barc-research.com/data-preparation

To see an infographic highlighting some of the report’s key findings, visit:
www.barc-research.com/data-preparation-infographic

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 Business Intelligence (BI)/Analytics and Data Management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, Data Management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries. For more information, please visit: www.barc-research.comwww.bi-survey.com and www.barc.de.

For further information or enquiries, please contact:

Nikolai Janoschek
Research Analyst
Phone: +49 931 880 651-59
Email: njanoschek@barc.de

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications and Marketing Manager
Phone: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
Email: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

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New BARC Score examines the data discovery software market

Wuerzburg, June 19th, 2017: The Business Application Research Center (BARC) today published the first edition of BARC Score Data Discovery — Data Preparation, Visual Analysis and Guided Advanced Analytics for Business Analysts. The consulting and analyst firm has rated 13 leading, globally represented data discovery software vendors based on an extensive list of criteria, as well as user feedback. The study includes analysis of Datameer, Dundas, IBM, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, Oracle, Qlik, SAP, SAS, Sisense, Tableau, TIBCO and Yellowfin.

Data discovery is currently one of the world’s most influential BI trends*. The demand for flexible, user-friendly tools that can be used to efficiently analyze and research data is rising accordingly. BARC Score Data Discovery provides a market segment overview that clearly shows the strengths and weaknesses, current market position and functional scope of individual providers, and serves as a valuable guide for the selection of software.

Data discovery is based on the three pillars of data preparation, visual analysis and guided advanced analytics. In order to allow an iterative process for pattern recognition, data discovery solutions must support these functionalities in seamlessly integrated solutions. At the moment, the data discovery tools market offers various approaches, but few providers support the full functional scope of data discovery in a well integrated product suitable for specialist users. Despite having different core aspects, integrated products represent a significant improvement over tools that focus only on individual areas such as visual analysis, advanced analytics or data preparation.

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Figure 1: Positioning of vendors in the BARC Score Data Discovery, 2017

 

Providers and tools display different degrees of market maturity

The market is divided into two segments: Some providers have highly mature tools in their portfolio and, as a result of their products’ maturity, have been able to successfully integrate most of the functions required for data discovery into these tools. On the other hand, many vendors have very innovative tools that provide good solutions to isolated problems, but they have not sufficiently integrated their solutions yet or, despite innovative approaches, have not yet reached the functional level of established solutions. Only one tool is rated above average in all three of the key areas in this BARC Score. The large general software developers and BI suite vendors often have difficulty integrating functions into a single tool or have issues with their products’ maturity, resulting in a restricted functional scope. This BARC Score omits many data preparation solution specialists because they fail to provide or integrate visual analysis sufficiently.

“The issue of data discovery will become increasingly important as the digitalization of processes and business models proceeds. User-friendly, flexible tools that ensure the greatest possible autonomy for users are equally high on the agenda for both specialist users and those responsible for IT,” said Robert Tischler, Senior Analyst and Director at BARC Austria. “The market for data discovery software is growing quickly, and there is a lot of competition. This BARC Score shows clearly that there is catch-up work to be done when it comes to integration, even in BI suites. This is an issue that the challengers in particular should make a point of tackling. The market leaders will try very hard to integrate ‘smart’ features into their solutions, which some challengers have already made available, thus increasing efficiency in their search for patterns.”

Provider selection and evaluation criteria

Since 2015, BARC has used its Score methodology to rate and classify business software providers in various market segments and economic regions. The providers included in BARC Score Data Discovery fulfill a number of technical and commercial criteria. The basic condition for inclusion is extensive functionality for data preparation, visual analysis and guided advanced analytics. In addition, providers must achieve an annual revenue from licenses and maintenance of at least 10 million euros in at least two of four markets (EMEA, North America, Latin America, Asia/Pacific).

BARC analysts rate each provider on “portfolio capabilities” and “market execution”. Analysis is based on detailed, weighted sub-criteria. Taken together, these sub-criteria determine the placement of each provider in the BARC Score ranking. In addition to BARC analysts’ opinions, user experience also plays an important role. Results from BARC’s BI Survey, the largest BI user survey in the world, are used to determine the quality of this experience. For a quick overview, all providers are included in the BARC Score graphic, where they are positioned in one of the following five categories: Dominators, Market Leaders, Challengers, Specialists and Entrants. Further information about the BARC Score methodology can be found at www.barc-research.com/barc-score

Further information about BARC Score Data Discovery — Data Preparation, Visual Analysis and Guided Advanced Analytics for Business Analysts can be found here.

The complete BARC Score document, including the Score graphic and a comprehensive assessment of all the providers is available from the website of our sponsor Tableau.

*Source: BARC BI Trend Monitor 2016 and 2017

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 Business Intelligence (BI)/Analytics and Data Management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, Data Management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries. For more information, please visit: www.barc-research.comwww.bi-survey.com and www.barc.de.

For further information or queries, please contact:

Robert Tischler
Senior Analyst and Managing Director, BARC Austria
Phone: +43 1 890 12 03-451
Email: rtischler@barc.at

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications and Marketing Manager
Phone: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
Email: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

Planning Survey 16

New on bi-survey.com: The Planning Survey 17

Wuerzburg, June 12, 2017: The Business Application Research Center (BARC) expands its interactive bi-survey.com platform to include a “planning tools” section. The basis for this new offering is The Planning Survey 17, a new study presented at BARC’s recent “Integrated Planning & BI” conference in Wuerzburg, Germany. The results of this survey are now available in full on bi-survey.com and can be used interactively. The website is now a central source of information for the comparison, selection and purchase of software products for business intelligence (BI) and analytics, as well as planning, budgeting and forecasting.

The Planning Survey 17 is the world’s largest practice-oriented user survey on the selection process and use of software products in the field of planning. 1,687 participants were surveyed worldwide and 18 solutions were evaluated in detail. These are: Anaplan, Bissantz DeltaMaster, BOARD, CALUMO, Corporate Planning Corporate Planner (CP-Suite), Cubeware Solutions Platform C8 (CSP C8), cubus outperform, evidanza, IBM Planning Analytics (formerly IBM Cognos TM1), Infor BI, Jedox Suite, LucaNet.Planner, Oracle Hyperion Planning, prevero, Prophix, SAP BO Planning & Consolidation (BPC), SAP BW Integrated Planning (BW-IP) and Tagetik.

The Planning Survey 17 user review matrix

Figure 1: The Planning Software User Review Matrix

All relevant vendors at a glance

The Planning Software User Review Matrix (see Figure 1) serves as a reliable guide for prospective buyers. It gives an interactive overview of how customers rate individual solutions and vendors in four categories: “Business Value”, “User Experience”, “Customer Satisfaction” and “Competitiveness”. Solutions are divided into six peer groups, which are defined according to flexibility and specialization as well as geography. For each peer group, the matrix shows at a glance all relevant vendors, their weighting in each category and their positioning in relation to one another.

Individual interactive analysis

With the interactive online tool, the Planning Survey Analyzer (see Figure 2), users can perform individual analyses of customer feedback from The Planning Survey 17. The free basic version allows users to filter data by region, industry, comparison group, company size and more. With the premium version, users can also create a customized shortlist of products and compare them based on 22 criteria (KPIs). These KPIs include “Business Benefits”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Ease of Use”, “Flexibility”, “Project Success” and “Recommendation”.

Planning Survey Analyzer

Figure 2: Planning Survey Analyzer

Detailed product analyses

The Planning Product Reviews are comprehensive analyses of customer feedback on market-leading planning tools. Each review contains a short vendor and product overview by BARC’s analyst team plus a summary of the relevant product-related survey results based on 22 different criteria. They enable prospective buyers to develop an overall impression of each solution, as well as gain insight into application scenarios, key selling points and the problems customers experienced with each product.

The analyst view

BARC Score Integrated Planning and BI DACH, another new section on bi-survey.com, offers a compact overview of the vendor market for integrated planning and BI solutions in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). It clearly highlights the strengths and weaknesses, current market position and portfolio range of the leading vendors.

 

About the Planning Survey 17

The Planning Survey 17 is the world’s largest practice-oriented user survey on the selection and use of software products for planning, budgeting and forecasting. A total of 1,687 survey participants worldwide evaluated 18 planning solutions in detail across 22 criteria. All data was examined by BARC analysts, who analyzed and commented on it using practical knowledge gained from 15 years of project and research experience. For additional information, please visit: http://barc-research.com/planning-survey-17.

About bi-survey.com

bi-survey.com is a central source of information and guide to the comparison, selection and purchase of business intelligence (BI), analytics and planning software. The platform combines the world’s largest database of user feedback on BI and analytics products (The BI Survey 16) and planning tools (The Planning Survey 17) with technical and functional product reviews as well as market overviews by BARC analysts (BARC Scores). The site also includes freely available BARC market research results, infographics, best practice guides for software selection and interactive analyzers, which can be used to analyze survey results.

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 Business Intelligence (BI)/Analytics and Data Management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined market, product and implementation expertise to advise companies and evaluate BI, Data Management, ECM, CRM and ERP products. A long-running program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s comprehensive knowledge of all the leading software vendors and products, as well as the latest market developments and trends. Along with analysts CXP and PAC, BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European group of analysts for enterprise software and IT services with staff in eight countries. For more information, please visit: www.barc.de, www.barc-research.com and www.bi-survey.com.

For further information or queries, please contact:

Adrian Wyszogrodzki

Research Analyst
Phone: +49 (0) 931 880651-0
Email: awyszogrodski@barc.de

Wiebke Lörcher
Communications and Marketing Manager
Phone: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
Email: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

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Analyst Firm Awards 2017: CXP Group is among the world’s top five analyst firms for Analytics and Big Data

PRESS RELEASE – PARIS, 9th June 2017

The CXP Group, the leading European analyst firm for the software and IT services industry and for all issues related to digital transformation, has taken fifth place in this year’s Analyst Firm Awards (hosted by Kea Company) in the Analytics and Big Data category.

The Analyst Firm Awards are based on the results of the Analyst Value Survey, a Kea Company initiative that surveys customers of analyst firms worldwide. While ascertaining the ranking in the Analytics and Big Data category, Kea Company noted that CXP Group (BARC, Le CXP, and PAC) has considerable strength in both areas. One reason for this strength is the number of experts that CXP Group has at its disposal in these fields. BARC and CXP have one of the largest business intelligence (BI) and analytics teams in the whole competitive arena. This expertise is complemented by PAC’s in-depth understanding of the Big Data service provider ecosystem. “While CXP Group is known for excellent research, analytics and big data professionals also value its strategy and advisory services,” comments Duncan Chapple, Managing Partner at Kea Company, referring to CXP Group’s placing.

“We are delighted with the positive feedback and our strong global position as number five – both in the rankings of the leading analyst firms* and in the Analytics and Big Data category. These results reflect how much we are valued by companies operating both in Europe and worldwide,” explains Dr. Carsten Bange, founder of BARC and member of the CXP Group’s board of directors. “The relevance of data analysis and management will increase as the digitalization of processes and business models advances. The analysts in our analytics and data management practice combine the necessary market, product, and implementation knowledge in the fields of analytics and data management. Our expertise is based on market analyses, comparative product research, and decades of experience working alongside users and providers in these areas.”

About the Analyst Firm Awards:
Kea Company is a globally operating consulting firm that specializes in business consulting and influencer marketing services for providers of high-tech products and services. Since 2014, Kea Company has used the annual Analyst Firm Awards to honor the analyst firms that offer customers the greatest added value and play a leading role in certain segments of the market. The awards are based on the results of the Analyst Value Survey, which Kea Company has conducted each year since 2000. The current online survey allows respondents to evaluate 15 analyst firms in a total of 12 different categories.

About CXP Group (BARC, le CXP, PAC):
CXP Group is the leading independent European research and consulting firm for the software, IT services and digital transformation industry. It offers its customers a comprehensive support service for the evaluation, selection and optimization of their software solutions and accompanies them in their digital transformation journey. CXP Group’s expertise covers a wide range of topics, such as BI, content management, ERP, finance, HRIS, CRM, BPM, IT management, cyber security and more. Further, CXP Group supports ITC decision makers in evaluating and selecting IT services providers and accompanies them in optimizing their sourcing and investment strategies. Moreover, CXP Group assists software and IT services providers in optimizing their strategies and go-to-market approaches with quantitative and qualitative analyses as well as operational and strategic consulting services. Public organizations and institutions equally base the development of their IT policies on our reports. Capitalizing on 40 years of experience, based in 8 countries (with 17 offices worldwide) and with 140 employees, CXP Group provides its expertise every year to more than 1,500 ITC decision makers and the operational divisions of large enterprises and mid-market companies and their providers. For more information please visit: www.pac-online.com, www.cxp.fr, www.barc.de. Follow us on Twitter: @CXPgroup, @CXPgroup_DE, @CXPgroup_FR

Press contacts:

France, UK, Rest of the World:
Christophe Tilmont
VP Marketing
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 53 05 05 96
E-mail: ctilmont@cxpgroup.com

DACH:
Wiebke Lörcher
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel.: +49 (0)89 23 23 68-25
E-mail: wloercher@cxpgroup.com

 

BI and Data Management in the Cloud by BARC

Cloud Business Intelligence Adoption Continues Its Rise

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, 12th January 2017

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) and Eckerson Group have joined forces to publish a study on current attitudes, issues and trends relating to the use of business intelligence (BI) and data management (DM) technologies in the cloud. It is based on a survey of 370 IT decision-makers around the world. Download the full study here.

The study reveals that adoption of cloud BI solutions has grown 50% in the past three years, from 29% to 43%. “This mirrors the growth in the use of the cloud overall and its strategic value to companies,” said Carsten Bange, founder and principal analyst at BARC and co-author of the report. “As more applications move to the cloud, companies are finding it easier to keep their data there as well. Although security is still a concern, many companies recognize that data might be safer in a shared public cloud than in a corporate data center.”

Power users dominate cloud BI

Power users are twice as likely to use cloud BI as casual users. With the advent of software-as-a-service (SaaS) BI tools, power users can easily create an account, upload data and begin analyzing and visualizing information. Outside of consuming reports and dashboards—a traditional casual user activity—users report that more than half of cloud BI activity involves exploring data and authoring reports, and to a lesser degree, preparing and manipulating data.

Figure 1: To what degree do the following types of BI users use the cloud in your organization?

Figure 1: To what degree do the following types of BI users use the cloud in your organization? (n=163)

 

Public cloud leads the way

Almost half of organizations using cloud BI (46%) use a public cloud for BI and data management compared to less than a third (30%) for hybrid cloud and 24% for private cloud. “The public cloud is fueled primarily by organizations that want to build BI environments that don’t require on-premises data, and secondarily by organizations that use the cloud to replace legacy data warehouses,” said Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal analyst at Eckerson Group and co-author of this study. “However, we expect the percentage of hybrid BI cloud implementations to grow as more large and mid-size firms migrate operations to the cloud.”

Figure 2: What type of cloud infrastructure do you use to support your BI and data management initiative?

Figure 2: What type of cloud infrastructure do you use to support your BI and data management initiative? TechTarget Survey 2013 (n=278), BARC 2016 (n=163)

 

North America is cloudier than Europe

North America has higher cloud BI usage than Europe. It also has a higher percentage of companies strategically committed to the cloud in general and BI in particular. Meanwhile, Europe makes more use of private clouds, while North America is much more willing to let vendors manage and operate cloud BI solutions.

Cloud BI outsourcing is real

With the cloud, companies automatically outsource their hardware infrastructure to a third party. But many companies go further. Almost two-thirds let their BI or data management vendor host their cloud BI implementation; one quarter let them operate and manage their cloud BI environment; and 16% let them design their cloud BI environment. “Perhaps the cloud fosters an outsourcing mentality that gives organizations greater motivation to embrace managed services,” commented Bange.

Figure 3: What role does your cloud BI or data management vendor play in your cloud implementation?

Figure 3: What role does your cloud BI or data management vendor play in your cloud implementation? (n=162)

 

The full study “BI and Data Management in the Cloud: Issues and Trends” is now available as a free download thanks to sponsorship from Birst, Jedox, Qlik, SAS Institute and Tableau.

 

Press contacts:

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

Eckerson Group
Wayne Eckerson
Tel: +1 617-653-5957
E-Mail: info@eckerson.com

About BARC – Business Application Research Center – a CXP Group Company

The Business Application Research Centre (BARC) is an analyst and consulting firm for enterprise software with a focus on Business Intelligence (BI), Data Management (DM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). For over twenty years, BARC analysts have combined extensive market, product and implementation knowledge to advise clients.

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

About Eckerson Group

Eckerson Group is a research and consulting firm focused on serving the needs of Business Intelligence (BI) and analytic leaders in Fortune 2000 organizations worldwide. Our consultants and researchers each have more than 20 years of experience in the field and are uniquely qualified to help business and technical leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions.