Thursday, August 21, 2008

Forrester Wave Report

Boris Evelson of Forrester recently published his Q3 2008 report on enterprise BI platforms. He put privately-held SAS in the leader's corner, so they are offering you a free copy of the report on their website. It is interesting reading; be sure to see the "stack" picture on page 5.

By the way, here is Forrester's definition of Business Intelligence:

A set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information used to enable more effective strategic, tactical, and operational insights and decision-making.

1 comment:

Sean said...

I think Forrester has it about right. It is a virtual tie between Cognos, BO, SAS, IBI, Oracle, Microstrategy, and Microsoft. If the needs of the company are simple then all of these will satisfy them and it will be down to trust of the individual team and the negotiation power of the customer.

If the needs of the company are more demanding then the more complete offerings of the traditional leaders will start to shine or perhaps a composite approach of a leading vendor with a niche vendor.

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