Experts in Market Analysis and Software Selection
BARC research reports are focused on helping companies find the right software solutions to align with their business goals. Our reports provide insights into market developments and dispense proven best practice advice for businesses embarking on a software evaluation project. We evaluate the leading vendors and products in detail using methodologies which enable our clients to easily make comparisons and reach a software selection decision with confidence.
BARC research reports are focused on helping companies find the right software solutions to align with their business goals. Our reports provide insights into market developments and dispense proven best practice advice for businesses embarking on a software evaluation project.
We evaluate the leading vendors and products in detail using methodologies which enable our clients to easily make comparisons and reach a software selection decision with confidence.
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The BI & Analytics Survey (formerly The BI Survey) is the world’s largest annual survey of business intelligence and analytics users. Based on a sample of 1,951 survey responses, it offers an unsurpassed level of user feedback on issues ranging from the purchase cycle right through to deployment, including critical information on performance levels, scalability and problems encountered. Use The BI & Analytics Survey to find out what end-users really think about the BI and analytics products they use.
BARC’s BI software reviews blend expert analyst opinion and scores with vendor and product ratings based on findings from The BI & Analytics Survey.
Our reviews begin with a detailed product assessment from a neutral analyst viewpoint, followed by product scores across a wide range of important criteria and an overview of the product’s strengths and weaknesses. The second section reveals the key findings on both product and vendor from The BI & Analytics Survey, BARC’s major annual survey of BI end-user sentiment.
The assessment and classification of business software and its suppliers can often be a complicated task for companies. BARC Score is designed to demystify this process, providing a quick and clear overview of a unique market based on a combination of detailed end-user feedback and thorough analysis of products and vendors by our analysts. Current BARC Score editions cover the BI, planning and financial performance management software markets.
The market for planning products is highly competitive. The Planning Survey 22 reveals the strengths and challenges of many of the leading vendors in the space as well as a number of smaller vendors — some regional and some relatively new to the market — many of which offer outstanding value to their customers. Based on a worldwide survey of 1,325 planning software users and consultants.
The Advanced Analytics Survey 19 – a major new survey-based study – gauges satisfaction among advanced analytics, data discovery and data preparation software users worldwide. Ten leading software products are compared in detail.
The Data Management Survey 23 – the 4th edition of BARC’s worldwide survey-based study – examines challenges and approaches to selecting and using data warehousing software. 23 leading data management software products are compared in detail. Access to The Data Management Survey Analyzer is also included.
The market for BI, analytics and data management is constantly changing. Trends come and go, and one of our tasks as an industry analyst is to highlight and predict important topics and growth areas. BARC’s Data, BI & Analytics Trend Monitor study gives practitioners a platform to have their say on the trends currently shaping the BI, analytics and data management market, supplemented by additional commentary and analysis from BARC analysts.
The eighth edition of BARC’s successful “Project Management Software Systems” report is a comprehensive guide for companies undertaking a project management software selection program.
If you are planning to purchase project management software for your organization, this report from BARC puts the facts at your fingertips to help you select the best tool to match your requirements. As well as containing detailed reviews of 28 leading products on the market, this report will give you all the background information you need to conduct a swift and successful evaluation and selection project.
Due to steadily growing interest in this area and its relevance in the transformation to becoming a data-driven enterprise, we conducted a survey of 434 companies to better understand the flavors of data culture within organizations today.
This BARC study examines the nature and current level of use of predictive planning and forecasting and draws comparisons with the results of past BARC studies. Core aspects of the study include an investigation into the potential benefits, use cases, challenges and opportunities of predictive models in planning and forecasting.
‘The Future of Data Architecture – Has the Data Warehouse Had Its Day?’ is a 2022 survey-based report offering insights into today’s most promising data architecture and data modeling approaches.
‘New Value for the CFO: The Evolution From Consolidation to Group Accounting’ describes the transition from consolidation solutions to group accounting suites – including the current level of progress along this road, as well as the priorities and demands of real-world users.
This survey-based study looks at the challenges companies face when developing and deploying ML models, as well as the improvements they expect from the introduction of DataOps/MLOps.
Based on a global survey of 214 data & analytics leaders conducted by BARC and Eckerson Group, Strategies for Driving Adoption and Usage with BI and Analytics identifies the technical and organizational drivers of BI and analytics adoption as well as the barriers preventing more widespread use.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused companies to rethink their priorities, and increase their focus on initiatives that were previously less important. BARC’s second survey on the the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the development of data and analytics attracted feedback from 950 companies between March and May 2021.
Based on a user survey of 401 companies, this study examines the biggest challenges in forecasting and planning today as well as improvements and modernizations that can help organizations to deal with increasing complexity and dynamics.
This 2021 BARC study assesses the implications of data silos for today’s data-driven enterprise. Based on a survey of 318 decision-makers worldwide, it reveals the main challenges companies are facing due to data silos as well as the approaches being adopted to break down the barriers of these data and knowledge silos.
BARC’s “Analytics Unchained” study examines current use and the benefits achieved from the use of tightly integrated software that supports the complete analytics cycle. Based on a global survey of 319 companies.
The Future of Analytics provides insights into the current state of advanced analytics and seeks to shed light on its potential future development to inform your decisions. The study is based on a worldwide online survey of 317 companies of varying sizes across a range of industries.
A survey-based BARC study into current and planned approaches to enterprise reporting. 600 decision-makers contributed to this worldwide research project.
Timely but also high-quality financial data is becoming a competitive factor in a world with an increasing number of transactions, data and information needs. This requires an efficient group accounting process. This DACH-based study looks at current practices around account reconciliation and the closing process.
Satisfying customer needs and securing solvency in volatile markets both require quick decisions and decisive action. In order to meet these challenges, corporate planning and forecasting needs to be carried out efficiently, in shorter cycles and must be updated quickly for well-founded decision-making. This study is based on a worldwide online survey of 275 companies of varying sizes across a range of industries.
What are the main data challenges in terms of content, organization and technology in companies? Which approaches are used to improve the handling and use of data? What benefits have already been achieved by implementing these approaches? Which conceptual, architectural and technological measures have been implemented/are planned? All these questions and more are answered in this survey-based report.
In today’s dynamic business environment, many companies are facing new challenges, not least in the area of corporate planning and forecasting. This report identifies the biggest challenges in corporate planning right now, and reveals real-world sentiment on the importance of integrated corporate planning and predictive algorithms.
A study based on a worldwide survey examining companies’ approaches to get their data warehouse to the next level. In particular, it provides insights regarding technologies used, benefits achieved and lessons learned by companies that are in the process of modernizing their data warehouse.
Data and data processes are everywhere in the organization so there is a growing need for a comprehensive view of business objects and data. It is therefore vital that data is subject to some form of overarching control, which should be guided by a data strategy. This is where data governance comes in.
This global BARC survey examines how far data monetization initiatives have already flourished, what approaches have proven to be successful, and the challenges that need to be considered. The results should inspire readers to purposefully and efficiently generate value from data.
The goal of data preparation is to support business analysts and data scientists by preparing different kinds of data for their analytical purposes. This study is based on an empirical survey on the use of technologies for data preparation. 695 people worldwide completed the online survey in March and April 2017, answering questions on the drivers, use cases, benefits and challenges of data preparation.
This study examines current attitudes, issues and trends relating to the use of business intelligence and data management technologies in the cloud. We look at the drivers, benefits and challenges companies face when implementing cloud BI, as well as some of the common components, use cases and tasks seen in cloud BI deployments. The report also reveals the role vendors are playing in cloud BI, and the types of infrastructures organizations are choosing.
“Hadoop and Data Lakes: Use Cases, Benefits and Limitations” provides answers and insights into the questions surrounding these trending technologies. Based on a 2016 survey of over 380 decision-makers, it explores the current status of Hadoop and data lakes in general and real experiences from Hadoop use cases across the globe.
Based on a 2016 survey of over 330 people, this study assesses the importance, status quo, developments, benefits and challenges of big data security analytics initiatives. In particular, it examines the burgeoning security analytics solutions market, current deployment levels of big data security analytics solutions and the potential benefits of big data security analytics.
Awareness of big data continues to grow strong – especially with regard to digitalization initiatives. The wave of big data has reached every corner of businesses today. In other words, big data is revolutionizing the way companies identify new business models and define their advantages over competitors.