Monday, September 15, 2008

Gartner Summarizes BI

In a June 2008 statement, Gartner reported that the BI software market in 2007 exceeded $5.1 billion, which was a 13% increase from the previous year. During that year, the 3 largest publicly-traded BI vendors were acquired (Business Objects, Cognos, and Hyperion Solutions). The big software vendors selling single "stacks" of technologies (Oracle, SAP, IBM, and Microsoft) now own 67% of that multibillion dollar BI market.

Dan Sommer, a senior research analyst at Gartner, says that this "marks a pendulum shift from a market driven by best-of-breeds to one dominated by megavendors." That doesn't necessarily mean that the big guys will take the entire market. Sommer adds, "However, many smaller independent BI vendors grew faster than the market, and we expect continued innovation and new vendors to enter the market.”

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