The Analyst at Gartner who evaluate the Business Intelligence Market recently published a new Analyst Report on Business Intelligence. It is Important to note that this Analyst Report only evaluates the Vendor Capabilities within this Market. Related Markets or Vendor Capabilities in are not considered within this Analysis. Thus, the capabilities of a Vendor to Offer e.g. Big Data Solutions will not be mentioned within this Report. From an Oracle perspective the Solution just manages to be within the leader Quadrant, but slightly behind the major Competition of SAP, SAS, Mircrosoft, IBM and MicroStrategy. Leaders by far are Tableau.
The Leader Position for Tableau is justified by the fact that this Vendor has changed the customer expectation of what is possible within the BI and especially Data Discovery “with a focus on helping people see and understand their data. In particular, analytic dashboards, free-form exploration, business-user data mashup and cloud deployment are platform strengths.” Additionally the easy and direct access to Structured Data in Form on SQL, Mutidimensional Data with MDX and unstructured data on Hadoop has been noted. As limitation Tableau has a very limited set of Advanced Analytics Capabilities and only just recently support for R Integration was added. Some other very Interesting Aspects of the Report was in Terms of actual use of the Software. Noting that: “Customers of IT-centric platforms that have a broad range of BI platform capabilities report using them narrowly, most often for production reporting. On the other hand, business-centric platforms such as Tableau, Qlik […] have a more narrow set of capabilities, but are used more broadly for a range of BI and analytics functions.” This very Interesting Observation can be found throughout the Report. Even though the Report notes that the set of Capabilities is lower compared to other Vendors the Use Case of Tableau/QlikView are actually broader, due to the focus on the Business User (rather than the IT Users). The more Business User and Data Discovery focused Vendors (such as Tableau/QlikView) manage to displace some incumbents particularly in SMB’s, but this has not yet happened on a wider Scale since “these platforms lack the necessary enterprise features in relation to governance, administration and scalability (among other things)”.
Gartner expects Customer currently to evaluate whether the traditional BI Vendors which are currently mostly used for their system-of-record Reporting will add the business User oriented capabilities for Data Discovery to their Product Suite or if they should replace their current system with a Data Discovery Pattern in mind from the beginning. Hence, Gartner pretty much sees two Sub-Markets within Business Intelligence: traditional KPI/Metric Reporting for reliable Business Information and a new Data Discovery Market which unveils new Insight and Value within the Data.
From an Oracle Perspective the advantages for the BI Suite remains being the Pre-built Data Models and Adapters of the Oracle BI Application Suite for a wide range of Horizontal and Vertical Oracle Applications.
Providing BI within the Cloud is also mentioned within the Report, where Saleforce is seen with a promising Offer compared to the other Startup competitors who are currently the Market Incumbents. Oracles cloud Offering hasn’t been mentioned within the Report even though its BI Cloud Service launched at roughly the same time last Year.
As Always the criteria’s for this Evaluation are documented too, within Note 2 and Note 3 of the Report.
The full Report can be read at: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-2ACLP1P&ct=150220&st=sb