Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hot Business Intelligence Software for 2010

If your New Year resolution is to learn a hot Business Intelligence software product, which product should you chose? If I base my answer on the growth of job openings in Monster, you would be smart to consider SAS, MicroStrategy, and Oracle's OBIEE.

These three BI products are not necessarily direct competitors; instead, they fit into different BI areas: SAS for statistical analysis, MicroStrategy for ad-hoc reporting against large data warehouses, and Oracle for a variety of enterprise database reporting.

The number of jobs posted in Monster for Oracle's OBIEE doubled from January 2009 to 2010, going from 74 to 158. Not a huge number of jobs, but a positive trend for Oracle.

Job postings for MicroStrategy went up dramatically, from 136 at the beginning of 2009 to 227 a year later. That is a good 40% increase.

But the hottest BI technology continues to be SAS, with 1368 Monster job postings in January 2010 compared to 1195 twelve months earlier. No other BI software product had this type of job demand throughout the year. You would only see this volume of job postings for general application development tools such as Java, C#, C++, and .NET technologies.

A year ago, the closest runner-up to SAS for BI products would have been Crystal Reports with 985 job postings. But client/server desktop reporting technologies are a thing of the past, so demand for Crystal Reports plummeted throughout the year until in January 2010 we only see 608 job postings, a 62% decline.

SAP's Business Objects held steady with 729 jobs in 2009 and 738 in 2010, while demand for IBM's Cognos product dropped 23% from 823 to 667 job postings. This means that Business Object overtook Cognos in the number of Monster job postings and becomes the 2010 #2 demand under SAS.

Demand for Microsoft's Reporting Services had a slight decline, going from 518 job postings in January 2009 to 483 twelve months later. Actuate's low demand continued to drop, going from 62 job postings in January 2009 to only 48 a year later (a 29% decrease).

Information Builders' WebFOCUS product had a positive trend, but the total demand for professionals across the United States was tiny -- just 15 job postings in January 2009 while 18 a year later.

Demand for smaller products such as BIRT, Pentaho, JasperSoft, and QlikTech just never took off throughout the year.

So if you are going to add hot BI skills to your resume in 2010, consider statistical analysis with SAS, ad-hoc reporting with MicroStrategy, and enterprise reporting with Oracle's OBIEE.

1 comment:

Michael Tarallo said...

Hi Doug, Happy New Year! I will have to strongly and respectfully disagree with you in regards to Pentaho. Being the Pre-Sales Director, involved in a number of transactions in 2009, and knowing how we did, I am curios as to "what" criteria you based that comment on. If it is strictly job postings, you cannot classify and compare a commercial open source vendor against a proprietary one in that matter. The business models are much different. As far as the software however, we compete directly against all 3 of those vendors. I don't expect you to publish this comment, if you don't want to. You can respond to me on normal channels if you would like.



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