PART AQn. 1: Vendors listed in the BI Platform Magic Quadrant Arcplan: Their major area of functionality is in reporting and in analysis for SAP NetWeaver BW users. They offer a wide range of product s and the research carried by Gartner indicated customer satisfaction for their overall product experience. Survey showed that a large percentage of customer respondents were planning to quit from their use of arcplan products in the next five years. This might have been attributed by their heavy marketing and selling efforts for SAP Business Objects. Actuate: They are main area of functionality is in deployment of externally facing customer and business partner BI application.
Their products track up well in terms of reporting and development requirements. However, customer’s portrayed dissatisfaction in the operations of actuate which saw its exclusion from the Magic Quadrant. Bitam: It is the best choice of vender for most due to its ease of operation, quality of its reference and low cost. unlike other vendors, their overall product and support time to resolution are rated below average. Broad International: It offers a well integrated BI platform incorporating planning, reporting and analysis capabilities.
Despite this credibility, Board function of rating was rated low by customers. Their average cost of license cost per user was relatively high in comparison with other vendors. Corda Technologies: It is one of the new entries into the magic Quadrant this year. They are specialized in selling java-based development tools. It is the most commonly used BI vendor due to its low total license cost. On the contrary, Corda’s vision is narrow since it focuses mainly on data visualization. IBM: It portrays a wide range of analytic capabilities in order to accomplish its imperatives.
However, it products are not preferred by majority of the BI platform users due to its complexity in use and high license costs. Information Builders: Their products are well suited as a platform for building customer Web-based BI application. Their applications are however difficult to use. Jaspersoft: It offers a comprehensive open source BI platform and their costs of applications are the most compelling. They however lack standard account management hence has not earned the credibility of most of the customers. Microsoft: It offers Microsoft office, Microsoft SQL servers and Microsoft SharePoint in order to increase its value. Oracles: The customers of oracle indicate they deploy OBIEE platform for their support. Panorama: It is a common BI platform among users due to its good functionality, integration and low implementation cost. LogicXML: Their platform is sold as single platform that includes reporting, analysis and dashboards for both IT and business users.
It is still small with limited resources compared to other vendors. MicroStrategy: It specializes in enterprise BI deployment running on top of large enterprise data warehouses.
Its shortcoming is that it has a limited geographic presence and packaged analytic applications. QlikTech: Its QlickView product is self contained based on a wholly in-memory data store but has no expansive product strategy. Salient management Company: It has taken analytic software developed for a particular market and opened it up to be sold as a generically applicable BI platform. SAP: It has the largest share in the BI platform market due to its combination of SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BusinessObjects revenue. SAS: It focuses on advanced analytical techniques such as data mining and predictive modeling. Tableau: Its self contained BI platform provides purpose-built, business oriented data mashup ETLcapabilities. Targit: It makes BI easier to use by getting business insight with as few clicks as possible. Tibco Software: Its strong product vision is contributed by its major focus on advanced and real time analytical application (Sallam et al, 2007).