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Readers' Choice Awards

Value, reliability and broad applicability. These are the hallmarks of our subscribers' annual pick of preferred vendors. Check out the winners and runners-up in 37 categories.

Best BI Suite Winner: Business Objects

Runner-Up: Cognos

Best Performance Management Suite Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: Oracle

Best Search Software Winner: Google
Runner-Up: FAST

Best Customer Analytics Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: Oracle

Best Web Analytics Winner: WebTrends
Runner-Up: TeaLeaf Technology

Best Data Mining or Statistical Analysis Winner: SAS
Runner-Up: SPSS

Best Text Mining Software Winner: IBM
Runner-Up: SAS

Best Data Visualization Software Winner: IBM
Runner-Up: Visual Insights

Best Customer Data Integration Software Winner: Oracle
Runner-Up: IBM

Best Data Quality and Profiling Software Winner: SAS DataFlux
Runner-Up: Business Objects Firstlogic

Best Metadata Management Software Winner: IBM
Runner-Up: Hyperion Solutions

Best ETL Software Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: Informatica

Best EII Software Winner: IBM
Runner-Up: Composite Software

Best Database Management System Winner: Oracle
Runner-Up: Microsoft

Best Data Warehouse/ BI Appliance Winner: NCR Teradata
Runner-Up: IBM

Best XML Database Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: Oracle

Best Business Process Management Suite Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: IBM

Best Business Rules Engine Winner: Fair Isaac
Runner-Up: Pegasystems

Best Business Activity Monitoring Software Winner: TIBCO
Runner-Up: WebMethods

Best Portal Platform Winner: IBM
Runner-Up: BEA Systems Plumtree

Best IT/Business Services Winner: IBM Global Services
Runner-Up: Accenture

Best ERP Software Winner: Oracle
Runner-Up: SAP

Best Data and Document Capture Software Winner: Adobe
Runner-Up: IBM

Best Enterprise Service Bus Winner: IBM
Runner-Up: Oracle

Best SOA Tools Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: IBM

Best Collaborative Content Management Software Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: IBM

Best CRM Suite Winner: Oracle
Runner-Up: Microsoft

Best Web Content Management Software Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: Adobe (Macromedia)

Best XML Content Publishing Software Winner: Adobe Systems
Runner-Up: Tie--Altova and HyperVision

Best Application Change Management Software Winner: BMC
Runner-Up: CA

Best Corporate Governance and Compliance Solutions Winner: Hyperion Solutions
Runner-Up: IBM

Best Enterprise Architecture/Process Modeling Software Winner: CA
Runner-Up: Proforma

Best IT Service Management Software Winner: Hewlett-Packard
Runner-Up: IBM

Best B2B Integration Software Winner: IBM
Runner-Up: Microsoft

Best Supply Chain Management System Winner: Oracle
Runner-Up: SAP

Best GIS Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: ESRI

Best Complex Event Processing Software Winner: TIBCO
Runner-Up: Progress Software