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2014 BI Outlook: Who's Hot, Who's Not
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shamika
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shamika,
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12/16/2013 | 1:12:01 AM
Re: Gainers and losers of 2013
When it comes to predicting customer behavior, I feel it's more important to understand the past data and to perform a proper analysis on understanding the trends.
shamika
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shamika,
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12/16/2013 | 1:08:11 AM
Re: Gainers and losers of 2013
Thanks for the informative article. Out of the above mentioned BI examples my personal  opinion is Cognos Business Intelligence  plays huge role in this sense cause, it provides reports, analysis, dashboards and scoreboards to help support the way people think and work.
Cindi Howson, BIScorecard
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Cindi Howson, BIScorecard,
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12/12/2013 | 11:16:50 AM
Re: Gainers and losers of 2013
Thanks, Doug, got it. I would say it's confusing to refer to a 2013 survey as last year's survey.  The planned usage may be for 2014. Also, it would be helpful if you list the margin of error to know which movements are statistically relevant or not.

Regards,

Cindi

 
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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12/12/2013 | 10:30:18 AM
Re: Gainers and losers of 2013
Read carefully. Actuate was up five points from 2012 in the 2013 survey but then slid 8 points from the 2013 result to the 2014 survey. As stated, we don't view a 2-point swing as significant, but an 6-point+ swing is, indeed, statistically significant.

Given the numbers of responses, results toward the bottom of the top-ten list -- we listed 28 vendors in our survey and shared results for the top 14 -- are more sensitive than for the top-five vendors that have many more users.
Cindi Howson, BIScorecard
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Cindi Howson, BIScorecard,
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12/12/2013 | 9:44:57 AM
Re: Gainers and losers of 2013
Doug,

It's always interesting to see these trends, but frankly, some of your analysis doesn't seem to align with  the survey results. How can you say in the lead that Actuate was sliding, but then say that they were up 5 points? Also, if a vendor is down 1 point, I am assuming that this is not a statistically relevant decline and/or what is the margin of error for the survey?

 

Regards,

Cindi Howson, BI Scorecard

 
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jwayt,
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12/11/2013 | 5:47:11 PM
We need to make BI Analytics Easier

Hi Doug – Thanks for the article and report. A couple of comments. Let's face it; creating a BI Analytics solution is not as easy and intuitive as creating a document in Word or even a multi-media presentation in PowerPoint. Our company, PLEXHOSTED LLC, hosts Microsoft based BI Analytics sites for our customers using SharePoint, PowerPivot, and SQL. Primarily we serve small customers, but we serve several large customers as well. For smaller customers, we offer an inexpensive trial where these customers can "try-out" a BI Analytics solution of their own. More often than not, these potential customers become discouraged and frustrated because they are unable to easily produce the fancy graphics and dashboards seen in BI Analytics marketing materials, our own demo site included.

 

Your report correctly profiles large IT departments that agonize over the delivery of meaningful BI Analytics to their internal customers. Once the big data problem is solved, an effective solution still requires decisions about the deployment of complex graphics and dash boards that are updated in real-time based on changes in the underlying data. There is nothing easy or intuitive about it. Numerous failures to achieve the desired "look & feel" are common before you get it right or until you become very experienced and continue to maintain that experience.

 

No matter how easy BI Analytics vendors want to make their product deployments sound, they have not yet achieved this goal. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has meaningful practical ideas as to how to simplify this.

D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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12/11/2013 | 9:35:08 AM
Gainers and losers of 2013
The biggest gainer in current and planned use in our 2013 survey (the one published in late 2012) was Microsoft, up 6 points from the previous year's survey, while SAP BusinessObjects was the biggest loser, down 7 points. Tableau was up 1 point, Actuate was up 5 points, IBM Cognos was up 2 points and MicroStrategy was down 1 point from from the 2012 to 2013 survey.

Returning to the 2014 survey results, InformationBuilders and TibcoSpotfire are tied with Actuate for the #10 spot at 6% combined current or planned use, but that's rounding to whole percentages. Actuate had the highest number of repsponses among the three. That said, InformationBuilders had the highest number of respondents reporting "current" use (at 5%, versus 3% for both Tibco Spotfire and Actuate). Download the report for complete details. Links are above.


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