Decisyon product review - A detailed look at this emerging BI development platform
Jedox Suite review - A review of the premium offering from open source player, Jedox
Oracle Hyperion Planning - Oracle's widely-used planning tool is assessed in detail
SQL Server Reporting Services - A product review focusing on Microsoft's SQL Server reporting tool
IBM Cognos BI - IBM Cognos's enterprise BI suite is reviewed in detail
Formatting Reports in BI Tools - A look at the range of different data presentation methods used in current BI tools
Business Intelligence Mergers and Acquisitions - A regularly updated running commentary on mergers and acquisitions in the ever-changing BI market
What in-memory BI ‘revolution’? - Nigel Pendse explains the facts and debunks some of the current hype about in-memory BI
The false dawn of Microsoft PerformancePoint Planning - Nigel Pendse tells the story of the rise and fall of PerformancePoint and asks what went wrong.
Panorama’s bumpy road from Microsoft to Google
- Reaction to the Panorama/Google partnership, which pledged to provide "advanced analytical, reporting and data visualization functions, all at no cost" to GoogleDocs users.
Project Gemini — Microsoft’s Brilliant OLAP Trojan Horse
- Early observations on Project Gemini, now known as Microsoft PowerPivot.
The Hyperion merger and aftermath
- An object lesson in how not to conduct a large merger or acquisition in the BI industry.
A series of in-depth articles and insightful commentaries from a vendor-neutral perspective. Our team of seasoned BI experts cover a variety of themes to give you the information you need to make your project a success. The Research Notes are split into sections:
- Understanding BI — Explanations of some of the technological aspects of business intelligence tools
- Advice to users — Tips and guidance guaranteed to improve the success of your project
- Understanding the market — Provides an overview of the market and the flavors of BI tools available
- Companies and strategies — Vendor portfolio guides and commentaries on vendor-related news
The BI Market Guide
A 65-page overview of the BI software market designed to help steer you through the early stages of your tool selection project. The BI Market Guide is a collection of ten of the Research Notes listed below and can now be purchased separately.
Click here for more information about The BI Market Guide including a detailed table of contents.
The Dashboard Verdict
A report by Wayne Eckerson featuring reviews of the leading BI dashboard tools, advice on product shortlisting and selection, and an overview of the dashboard software market.
Click here for more information about The Dashboard Verdict including a detailed table of contents.
Formatting Reports in Business Intelligence Tools
Not all BI products are alike. Reporting and analysis tools offer a range of methods for defining report formats. This document helps you choose the right product to fit your needs by improving your understanding of the way formatting works
Semantic Metadata in Reporting Tools
A discussion of semantic (or metadata) layers, an idea originally patented by Business Objects in 1996. Since then, a number of leading BI vendors have developed the concept. This article gives an overview of four of the most popular products that use semantic layers.
Business Intelligence and Web Front-ends
Web-based BI front-ends are becoming increasingly popular. This article gives the lowdown on the most significant developments in Web technologies, the pros and cons of Web-based BI deployments, the main issues to be kept in mind when selecting a Web-based business intelligence tool and a brief guide to the most common Web formats in use.
Advice to users
Assessing needs for a business intelligence project
In our experience, the majority of BI purchases are driven by the quality of the vendor’s sales and marketing, not the appropriateness of the product. Part two in our 'Choosing BI Software' series will help keep the focus of your tool selection project firmly on the needs your organization.
Commentary: Business Intelligence competency centers
The results of The BI Survey, the largest independent survey of customer satisfaction in the area of BI, show that difficulties involving people are one of the main factors causing delays and failure in BI projects. Establishing a Business Intelligence Competency Center is one way to help avoid these issues
Understanding the Market
Companies and Strategies
Vendor Portfolio Guide: Microsoft
Having abandoned planning with the cancellation of PerformancePoint Server, Microsoft now concentrates solely on the mass market areas of business intelligence: reporting and analysis. This vendor portfolio guide examines Microsoft's unique approach to delivering BI functionality to its customers.
This section contains a selection of not-so-recent Research Notes which still make for valuable and interesting reading.
Provides in-depth analyses of the 16 benchmark tests published by Applix, Arbor/Hyperion, Microsoft and MicroStrategy. Includes the only full listing of APB-1 results available anywhere (including the first Oracle9i run), an explanation of why the APB-1 is deeply flawed and the most complete information available on the T3 project
Commentary: Good things come to those who DON’T wait
Changing requirements and technologies can turn any IT project into a multi-million dollar money pit. Using supporting empirical evidence, Dr Carsten Bange argues that the success of each project ultimately depends on the speed of implementation.
Commentary: The false dawn of Microsoft PerformancePoint Planning
A commentary on Microsoft's abandonment of its much hyped, but short-lived, planning tool
Commentary: Project Gemini — Microsoft’s Brilliant OLAP Trojan Horse
Nigel Pendse's reaction to the Project Gemini announcement at the Microsoft BI Conference in October 2008. The Gemini code-name is meant to imply that Excel and Analysis Services, and end-users and IT, will be twinned using the new product
Commentary: Panorama’s bumpy road from Microsoft to Google
Nigel Pendse examines the path Panorama has taken from its close relationship with Microsoft in the 1990s to the announcement that it is now working with Redmond's arch-rival, Google, to provide "advanced analytical, reporting and data visualization functions, all at no cost" to GoogleDocs users