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Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards 2010

Intelligent Enterprise names 'The Dozen' most influential vendors for the intelligent enterprise and 36 'Companies to Watch' in 2010.

COMPANIES TO WATCH: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Acorn Systems offers activity-based cost-analysis software that helps companies assess the true cost of products, services and customers. This capability helps companies reduce cost, improve efficiency, optimize distribution and logistics, and assess suppliers, products and customers. It's as close as you'll come to a silver bullet for ensuring profitable growth.

Actuate entered the ground floor of the open-source BI movement back in 2004 by proposing BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) to the Eclipse Foundation. Embracing and supporting the project's strong and growing developer community, Actuate has repositioned its commercial version around this growing open-source project.

Adaptive Planning gets you up and running with SaaS-based budgeting, planning and analysis within weeks instead of the months required for on-premise software. The service offers everything from data integration to dashboards and reporting, and it's particularly appealing for global and highly distributed enterprises.

Attensity has delivered breakthrough voice-of-the-customer analysis results for customers like JetBlue Airways. This insight helps them spot, understand and quickly respond to trends in customer sentiment. This capability helps executives see gaps in service and product quality and seize opportunities to address customer concerns.

Clarabridge has mastered the science of extracting insight from e-mail messages, surveys, customer comments and social media networks. The company's software lets users explore these findings and bring them into the world of conventional BI for a deeper understanding of product and service strengths and trends in customer sentiment.

Host Analytics provides SaaS-based corporate performance management. It's a no-brainer for distributed enterprises that want a low-cost, low-fuss way to get a grip on budgeting, planning and financial consolidation. Integrated forecasting, scorecarding and OLAP-based financial reporting seal the deal.

Information Builders doesn't get the credit it deserves for its WebFocus BI suite. The vendor's pioneering Active Reports technology was improved in 2009 with Active PDF, which delivers slick, Flash-based reports with data interactivity. Information Builders has also integrated analytic analysis with its BI suite through RStat, a free module based on the R open-source programming language. The choice ensures a rich set of algorithms and ongoing community development.

Jaspersoft has strong partnerships and OEM relationships that have helped the company build a strong financial base and big community of developers around its open-source BI suite. Recent upgrades include improved in-memory analysis and Flash-based visualizations. With open source, what you pay for is the service, and independent surveys show Jaspersoft's is among the best in BI.

MicroStrategy is among the largest independent BI vendors remaining, and it has proven itself in large-scale deployments with cutting-edge dashboarding capabilities. Last year's MicroStrategy 9 release introduced an in-memory analysis option, and its free, downloadable Reporting Suite now seeds entry-level adoption. MicroStrategy is a popular choice as an enterprisewide BI standard.

Oco has offered SaaS-based BI since 1999, and it can rapidly integrate complex data sources. It offers a battery of prebuilt analytics that address sales and profitability, sourcing and procurement, quality and production, inventory, transportation and logistics, and customer management. In short, it's ready for a range of business-specific challenges.

PivotLink started as SeaTab Software back in 1998, and it has been offering BI as a service ever since. The company has among the broadest functionality in SaaS-based BI, and upgrades in 2009 introduced welcome dashboard and data visualization upgrades.

QlikTech is a fast-growing industry leader that has helped transform expectations about how BI should work. Its rapid deployment capabilities and flexible, in-memory analysis clearly influenced the market. Now that in-memory architectures have gone mainstream, we're anxious to see how QlikTech continues to differentiate.

R Project is an open-source statistical programming environment that is winning broad praise and accelerating uptake as a language for in-database analytics. The likes of SAS, SPSS and Information Builders are even using it to extend their proprietary suites.

Tableau has combined advanced visualization capabilities with ease of use, enabling nontechnical users to quickly develop insightful, easily understood dashboards and reports. The company's desktop product is highly affordable, and its server-based product supports broad collaboration and immediate understanding with minimal training. The new Tableau Public service brings data exploration to the social networking masses.

TIBCO could just as easily be listed among our Information Management Ones to Watch. But this firm sets itself apart by helping companies interpret -- as well as manage and integrate -- data and events. TIBCO Spotfire provides trend-spotting analysis through easily understood data visualizations. The company also offers complex event processing (CEP) for the broad market, where insight into events will make real-time BI a reality.

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