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.

Big Data and Information Security

BARC and KuppingerCole Publish Big Data and Information Security Survey Results

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG / WIESBADEN, 14th November 2016

KuppingerCole Ltd., an independent, international analyst organization with a strong focus on Information Security, Identity and Access Management as well as all areas concerning the Digital Transformation, together with BARC, a leading enterprise software industry analyst and consulting firm specializing in areas including Data Management and Business Intelligence – have published a joint survey on Big Data and Information Security.

The survey focuses on the role of Big Data analytics in cyber security and fraud detection and explains how Big Data technology can help to increase cyber attack resilience by better detection of attacks, enabling real-time response.

BARC and KuppingerCole’s “Big Data and Information Security” study follows on from three BARC surveys in recent years: “Big Data Use Cases”, “Big Data Analytics “, and “Big Data Survey Europe“. While the previous surveys focused on big data analytics in general, this study concentrates on big data analytics use cases in information security and fraud detection.

The study delivers insights into the level of awareness and current approaches in information security and fraud detection in organizations around the world. It measures the importance, status quo and future plans of Big Data security analytics initiatives across different sectors. Furthermore, it presents an overview of the various opportunities, benefits and challenges relating to those initiatives, and outlines the range of technologies currently available to address those challenges.

The survey was completed by more than 330 participants from over 50 countries across all industries.

Among the highlights of the study are the following results:

  • 55% of respondents cite Big Data as the single most important IT trend
  • IT security was named the second most important IT trend (53%)
  • Only 13% of those surveyed consider themselves best-in-class in the field of Big Data security analytics compared to their main market competitors
  • Nearly 90% of “best-in-class” participants believe that security analytics can bring substantial profits for their companies
  • Best-in-class companies are deploying a broad range of security tools not just for threat detection, but for identity and access governance (85%), strong authentication (50%), security information and event management (76%) and user behavior analytics (68%)
  • 98% of “best-in-class” respondents consider automation a very important aspect of security analytics solutions

This is the first edition of the study. The survey was conducted in Q2 2016 with preliminary results presented at KuppingerCole’s annual European Identity & Cloud Conference in May 2016.

A management summary of “Big Data and Information Security” is now available to download at:
http://barc-research.com/research/big-data-and-information-security/.

The study is available free of charge thanks to the generosity of MicroStrategy, Inc.

Press contacts:

BARC
Wiebke Lörcher
Tel: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
E-Mail: wloercher@barc.de

KuppingerCole
Jennifer Haas
Tel: +49 (0)211-237077-31
E-Mail: press@kuppingercole.com

Journalists please send us specimen copies of any published articles or links to online publications referring to this study.

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 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 staff in eight countries.

About KuppingerCole

KuppingerCole, founded in 2004, is an international and independent analyst organization headquartered in Europe. The company specializes in offering neutral advice, expertise, thought leadership and practical relevance in Information Security, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Governance (IAG), Risk Management & Compliance (GRC) as well as all areas concerning the Digital Transformation. KuppingerCole supports companies, corporate users, integrators and software manufacturers in meeting both tactical and strategic challenges. Maintaining a balance between immediate implementation and long-term viability is at the heart of KuppingerCole’s philosophy.

As a core element of KuppingerCole’s research the company provides different types of reports with thought leadership and a vendor-neutral view on the status of markets, products and vendors. KuppingerCole’s qualified analysts continuously research and update the company’s online research library, and perform manufacturer-independent advisory services.

KuppingerCole also organizes conferences, workshops and webcasts in all fields of identity focused on information security, IAM, Cloud, Digital Risk and Digital Transformation. KuppingerCole’s annual European Identity & Cloud Conference is Europe’s leading event for thought leadership and best practice in this area and covers the latest and future topics regarding the challenges in digital business.

You will find additional information at:
www.kuppingercole.com
www.id-conf.com

 

BI Survey 16 Analyzer

The BI Survey 16: Operational BI Continues Its Rise in 2016

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, 10th November 2016

BARC’s annual BI Survey results are launched on the new bi-survey.com website. Major findings this year include the continued surge in the use of business intelligence (BI) in production/operations departments, customer analysis is named as the #1 investment area in new BI projects, and several trends including collaboration and sensor data analysis are now established as critical BI components for many organizations        

Departments Using BI

Finance, management and sales departments continue to lead the way in the use of BI, but with little variation in usage rates since 2014.

Elsewhere, production/operations departments continue a strong upwards trajectory, rising from 20% to 53% usage in the last eight years.

“While BI has always been strong in sales and finance, production and operations departments have traditionally been more cautious about adopting it,” said Carsten Bange, CEO of BARC. “But with the general trend for using data to support decision-making, this has all changed. Technology for areas such as event processing and real-time data integration and visualization has become more widely available in recent years. Also, the wave of big data from the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet has increased awareness and demand for analytics, and will likely continue to drive further BI usage in production and operations.”

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Figure 1: Which departments are using BI? Timeline (n=changing basis)

BI Trends

It is clear that some BI trends that began with a buzz a few years ago now serve as critical BI components for a growing number of companies. Areas such as collaboration and spatial/location analysis are reported as “in use” by more than 20 percent of respondents. At 12 percent, cloud BI is now in double-digits with more companies planning to leverage it over the longer term. Social media analysis is the only listed trend in use by less than 10 percent of Survey respondents this year.

BI Survey press release - Figure 2

Figure 2: Which of the trending areas do companies address with their BI product? (n=2,617)

Customer Analysis a Major Investment Area

40% of companies are now putting their BI budgets into customer behavior analysis, and 32% are investing in developing a unified view of customers. “With areas such as accounting and finance more or less under control, companies are moving to other areas of the enterprise, in particular to gain a better understanding of customer, market and competitive dynamics,” said Carsten Bange.

BI Survey press release - Figure 3

Figure 3: In which BI use cases is your company investing in? (n=2,210)

Click here to access BI-Survey.com

More information about “The BI Survey 16”

About The BI Survey 16

The BI Survey 16 is based on user opinion from over 3,000 BI professionals worldwide about their software selection, implementation and usage. Detailed feedback on 37 BI products from 30 vendors is analyzed and compared, including international giants IBM, Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL) and SAP, as well as BI specialists such as Information Builders, MicroStrategy (MSTR), Qlik, SAS Institute and Tableau (DATA).

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 market, product and implementation knowledge to advise clients. A continuous program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s expertise, ensuring that its analysts possess a detailed knowledge of software markets, vendors and products, as well as the latest trends and developments.

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

For further information or enquiries, please contact:

Mark Handford
Tel: +44 (0) 1536 772451
E-Mail: mhandford@barc-research.com

BI Trend Monitor 2017

BARC BI Trend Monitor 2017: Data Discovery / Data Visualization Remains The Top Trend in Business Intelligence

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, 8th November 2016

BARC’s BI Trend Monitor 2017, which is published today, provides detailed information on which business intelligence (BI) trends are currently having the greatest impact on the market. It also identifies the factors that lead to the most successful BI implementations. Based on a survey of 2,800 users, consultants and software vendors, BI Trend Monitor 2017 examines 21 BI and data management trends.

Like last year, data discovery / data visualization, self-service BI and data quality / master data management remain the most influential BI trends according to BARC’s survey. Cloud BI, data labs/science and Hadoop (see chart) are the least important trends. Interest in many of the BI trends monitored has remained stable compared to last year with the most significant upturn coming in the area of data integration for business users, which jumps four places from 12th to 8th position.

As expected, “best-in-class” companies show a keener interest in BI trends than so-called “laggard” companies. This difference is particularly evident in the areas of agile BI development, data labs and visual design standards, which are used far more by organizations that have pioneered the successful use of BI than by “laggard” companies.

Cloud BI more relevant to vendors than users

Users, consultants and software vendors largely agree on the significance of most trends. However, opinion is divided in the areas of cloud BI, agile BI development and Hadoop, which are considered far more important by vendors than by users. In the case of cloud BI, vendors rate the importance of the trend at 5.9 (on a scale of 1 to 10; previous year: 4.9) while users only rate it at 3.7 (in 2015 and 2016). In contrast, users consider master data management, data quality and analytical databases to be more relevant.

Manufacturing industry remains cautious

The IT industry, the services sector and the public sector attach greater importance to BI trends than other industries. Despite the current high profile of big data analytics, digitalization and the industrial internet, the manufacturing sector still seems reluctant to adopt many of the BI trends examined in BARC’s survey. Telcos take a similar stance – with the notable exception of their use of agile BI development and Hadoop.

Business Intelligence Trends 2017 chart

Worldwide relevance of BI trends
Source: BARC BI Trend Monitor 2017 (n = 2,772)

BI trends are not as popular in the DACH region

Overall, survey participants from Asia and the Americas view BI trends as more important than respondents from Europe, and especially those in the DACH region. However, the DACH region does attach more importance to one topic – visual design standards – than all other regions. On a global basis, data integration for business users, data storytelling, agile BI and cloud BI are the trends displaying the greatest regional variations in popularity.

“The high ratings in BARC’s BI Trend Monitor 2017 underline the importance of business intelligence and data management to companies worldwide,” said Carsten Bange, founder and managing director of BARC. “The relevance of data analysis and management will continue to grow with the ongoing digitization of processes and business models. BARC’s BI Trend Monitor is intended as an orientation aid in the rapidly developing BI market and helps organizations to classify and assess the most important BI trends.”

Further reading

Click here for further information and to download the full 65-page report.

Top Business Intelligence Trends 2017: What 2,800 BI professionals really think

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 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 staff in eight countries.

For further information or enquiries, please contact:

Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Wiebke Lörcher
Tel: +49 (0) 89 232368-25
E-Mail: wloercher@barc.de

Rest of the World
Mark Handford
Tel: +44 (0) 1536 772451
E-Mail: mhandford@barc-research.com

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Next Generation Software Comparison – BARC Launches “bi-survey.com”

PRESS RELEASE – WÜRZBURG, 18th October 2016

The Business Application Research Center (BARC) extends its portfolio with the interactive platform “bi-survey.com”. The English-language website is now available at www.bi-survey.com, serving as a central source of information and an authoritative guide to the comparison, selection and purchase of Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics software. The platform combines the world’s largest database of user feedback on BI and Analytics products (“The BI Survey 16”) with detailed technical and functional product evaluations by BARC analysts.

The range of content offered on “bi-survey.com” includes product reviews, BARC research results, infographics, best practice guides for software selection and an interactive “BI Survey Analyzer”, which can be used to analyze the results of “The BI Survey 16”. It also provides insights into current trends and developments in the rapidly developing BI market.           

Knowledge through experience

Visitors to “bi-survey.com” benefit from a unique combination of user and independent analyst reviews of BI tools, revealing the pros and cons of each tool. This blend of analyst expertise and feedback from the users who work with BI tools on a daily basis provides companies with a valuable basis for choosing their own tools. The “BI Tool Comparison“ section contains an overview of the leading BI and Analytics tools on the market based on customer reviews from “The BI Survey 16” and BARC analyst evaluations. Using the “BI User Review Matrix“ (see Figure 1), visitors gain an interactive overview of user ratings from “The BI Survey 16”.

With over 30,000 survey responses in 15 years, “bi-survey.com” is based on a unique wealth of data. It offers proven best practice advice on selecting BI software as well as an understanding of why companies choose their solutions, how they use them and how satisfied they are with them.

BI User Review Matrix

Figure 1: BI User Review Matrix

Do it yourself

One of the highlights of “bi-survey.com” is the “BI Survey Analyzer”, an interactive online tool that enables visitors to analyze user feedback from “The BI Survey 16” (see Figure 2). The free basic version allows users to generate charts and filter them by region, industry, competitive peer group, company size and more. With the premium version, users can create their own customized shortlist of BI products and compare them based on 32 different criteria.

BI Survey Analyzer

Figure 2: The BI Survey Analyzer

Globally unique product analysis

BARC’s “Vendor Performance Summaries” – a series of comprehensive evaluations of the world’s leading BI software solutions – are available as a fee-based service. Each Summary presents and evaluates a BI product in detail. The scope and depth of the “Vendor Performance Summaries” is unique: They contain highly-detailed product evaluations based on BARC analyst expertise and customer feedback across 32 different criteria, as well as an analysis of application scenarios, reasons why customers choose to purchase each product and the problems reported by users.

Click here to access “bi-survey.com”

More information about “The BI Survey 16”

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 market, product and implementation knowledge to advise clients. A continuous program of market analysis and product comparison studies forms the basis of BARC’s expertise, ensuring that its analysts possess a detailed knowledge of software markets, vendors and products, as well as the latest trends and developments.

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

For further information or enquiries, please contact:

Mark Handford
Tel: +44 (0) 1536 772451
E-Mail: mhandford@barc-research.com

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prevero to be Acquired by Dutch Software Vendor Unit4

prevero has announced it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Unit4, a Netherlands-based enterprise applications software vendor with operations worldwide. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

Authors: Carsten Bange and Christian Fuchs

Published: 11 July 2016

In recent years, prevero has grown into one of the largest performance management vendors in the DACH region in terms of software revenues. Its growth has been largely organic but was also boosted considerably by the acquisitions of software vendors Winterheller in 2011 and MIK in 2015, the latter of which is still trading as an independent company. Now prevero itself has agreed to be acquired by Unit4.

Unit4 is a provider of enterprise applications empowering people in service organizations (e.g. ERP). With annual revenues of more than Euro 500 million and over 4,000 employees worldwide, Unit4 delivers ERP, industry-focused and topical applications. Thousands of organizations around the world from sectors including professional services, education, public services, not-for-profit, real estate, wholesale and financial services use Unit4 solutions.

In our opinion, prevero’s performance management products fit well into Unit4’s product portfolio. Data-based decision making and data analysis have become more important than ever, not least for Unit4’s ERP customer base. However, until now Unit4 has not had any specific CPM products in its portfolio. Also, from a geographical perspective, prevero has a strong footprint in the DACH region while Unit4 is present in many other parts of Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. So this deal opens up the potential for selling Unit4’s ERP products to prevero’s 4,500 customers in the DACH region and prevero’s CPM products to Unit4’s customer base, as well as a stand-alone product in the vendor’s 26 markets worldwide. According to both parties a joint offering should be available within 6 months.

Going forward, prevero will be Unit4’s standard platform for CPM and BI. The prevero brand will be retained for the time being with the goal of joint branding over time. prevero’s management team of Alexander Springer and Matthias Thurner and all its 160 employees will become part of Unit4.

Overall, we think the acquisition provides great potential for both companies. prevero in particular will be able to enlarge its customer base in global markets that it probably would never have been able to address itself. Moreover, the development of its CPM products can profit from Unit4’s more substantial development capacities. Unit4 can offer a more complete set of products and also cover the important areas of planning, data analytics and decision support in a sophisticated way. Whether there is cross-selling potential for its ERP solutions into the prevero customer base remains to be seen. Many of prevero’s customers will already have established ERP products and are unlikely to focus on replacing their existing infrastructure.

Further Reading
Unit4 press release announcing the acquisition of prevero

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Qlik To Be Acquired by Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo

Qlik has announced it has entered into an agreement with private equity firm Thoma Bravo to be acquired by them for around 3 billion USD.

Author: Carsten Bange

Published: 30 June 2016

Qlik announced at the beginning of June that it has entered into an agreement with private equity firm Thoma Bravo to be acquired by them for ~3 billion USD. Qlik, founded in 1993 in Lund, Sweden and now headquartered in Radnor, PA, USA has become one of the major BI vendors in the last 15 years: It currently has 2,000 employees, 39,000 customers and 1,700 partners in more than 100 countries, making 612 million USD revenue in 2015. This values Qlik at about 5x revenue and at a similar enterprise value to Tableau, which has surpassed Qlik with very strong growth in recent years, reaching 695 million USD revenue in 2015, but also suffering a 50% stock price plummet in February 2016.

Qlik has appeared to be for sale for a while and the move to de-list from the stock market and become owned by a PE company has become quite normal amongst software vendors: Tibco, Informatica and more recently Dell Software are other prominent examples. 

Qlik’s stock price has remained between 20 and 40 USD for the last 5 years – basically going sideways despite its revenue growth during that period – so its frequent interactions with financial analysts and its large number of shareholders were probably not too pleasant. Qlik has faced some serious challenges in recent years, both organizationally and on the product and marketing side with the transformation from its first product generation (QlikView) to the second generation Qlik Sense. Qlik has returned to calmer waters in the last year since the release of Qlik Sense 2.0 in mid 2015. But its complete transformation to a Cloud software-oriented company is still ongoing, and the freedom to take decisions without the added scrutiny of the stock market might help to re-focus Qlik on business priorities and push it into new areas.

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Cisco Acquires ParStream

Author: Carsten Bange

Published: 27 October 2015

Abstract:
Networking giant Cisco has announced its intent to buy ParStream, a young analytical database vendor based in Germany and the US. This acquisition strengthens Cisco’s ability to build networks with real-time data acquisition and storage “on the edges” of the network in distributed infrastructures.

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