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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q1 2015

January 1, 2016

Eight Well-Established, Mature BI Vendors Lead The Pack

Forrester’s research uncovered a market in which SAS, SAP, IBM, Microsoft, Information Builders, Oracle, OpenText, and MicroStrategy lead the pack. Tableau Software, TIBCO Software, and Qlik offer highly competitive and often differentiated options.

The Big Data Era Is Injecting New Requirements Into Traditional BI Platforms

As traditional BI functionality (e.g., reporting and OLAP) becomes commoditized, buyers need to look for other differentiation, such as in the area of big data capabilities. BI on Hadoop; predictive, streaming, and text analytics; data exploration; and other features related to big data are now key strategic enterprise BI platform selection criteria.

A Single Enterprise BI Platform May Be A Vision But Is Seldom A Practical Reality

Having 10 different BI platforms within one company is overkill, but trying to standardize on a single platform brings diminishing returns. Enterprises will likely settle on at least three platforms: a broad enterprise suite; BI embedded in core business applications, such as ERP; and lightweight desktop self-service tools for business users.

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