A research company called G2 Crowd has collated ratings and reviews of the most well-known business intelligence platforms.
Using feedback from “real, verified” users of the BI platforms, G2 was able to create a grid on which it placed the platforms according to how well reviewed each one was.
The company says it qualified the BI platform on a number of factors, including:
- the ability to consume data from any source, such as file uploads, database queries and application connectors;
- the facility to transform the data into presentable information;
- enable data modelling and discovery;
- the creation of reports and visualisations based on the data; and
- the opportunity to use analytics applications to further examine the data.
The BI platforms which performed the best were placed into what G2 calls its “leader quadrant”.
- Information Builders WebFocus
- Microsoft Power BI
- Tableau Server
G2 Crowd Grid further categorised the platforms according to which business sectors they were most suited to, or at least received the highest marks from – small business, mid-market, or enterprise.
G2 says the BI platforms space is growing, and it has been receiving an increasing number of new reviews, and the emergence of new BI platforms.
“Seven new products landed on the Grid since the prior report, showing the emphasis companies are putting on analytics tools and creating data-driven insights,” says G2 in a statement.
However, it adds that user adoption remains low, with category average being 51 per cent.
But this does not seem to affect how current BI platform users view the tools, with most reporting “increased user satisfaction”, according to G2.
For this BI platforms study, G2 received 650 new reviews since the beginning of 2017, and seven new BI platforms were added to its grid.
G2’s BI platforms analysis was based on a total of 1,673 reviews “written by business professionals”.
And G2 lists a total of 67 BI platforms.
The overall size of the BI market is forecast to reach beyond $34 billion by 2022, according to Market Research Future, which says it was worth just over $16 billion in 2016.
But the companies MRF lists are not necessarily the same as the ones listed by G2.
The companies MRF highlights include Verizon, Rackspace, AT&T, Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, VMWare, SAP, Microsoft, and SAS Institute.
MRF also notes that “cloud based business intelligence demand has ominously grown due to cost effective and easier classification features”.