Business Intelligence Tools: Comparison and Market Analysis
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- By Cindi Howson, Wayne Eckerson
- June 19, 2008
The business intelligence landscape has changed considerably in the last year. Software heavyweights SAP, Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft all made major acquisitions and innovations reflecting BI’s new spot at the top of the CIO’s agenda. Leading BI vendors are expanding their strategy from selling BI tools predominantly to information technology (IT) departments to selling BI-enabled business solutions to business executives and unit heads. Despite the industry consolidation, innovation continues as big and small vendors unveil new products and modules that make BI easier and more effective to use.
Cindi Howson is a TDWI faculty member and the founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth BI tool evaluations based on exclusive hands-on testing. She is the author of Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App, SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0, The Complete Reference and is a frequent contributor to Information Week. Prior to founding BI Scorecard, Howson was a manager at Deloitte & Touche and a BI standards leader for a Fortune 500 company. She has an MBA from Rice University.
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Wayne Eckerson has been a thought leader in the business intelligence and analytics field since the early 1990s. He is a sought-after consultant and noted speaker who thinks critically, writes clearly, and presents persuasively about complex topics.
Eckerson has conducted many groundbreaking research studies, chaired numerous conferences, and written two widely read books: The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012) and Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005/2010). He is currently working on a book about data governance.
Eckerson is principal consultant of Eckerson Group, LLC, a business-technology consulting firm that helps business leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions. His team of researchers and experienced consultants provide cutting-edge information and advice on business intelligence, analytics, performance management, data governance, data warehousing, and big data. They work closely with organizations that want to assess their current capabilities and develop a strategy that optimizes their investments in business intelligence and analytics.
For many years, Wayne served as director of education and research at TDWI, where he oversaw the company’s research and training programs and chaired its BI Executive Summit. He has also served as an industry analyst at the Patricia Seybold Group and TechTarget. He has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.