Cognos and BO dominated the market for 10 years
For the last 10 years the market has been dominated by the Business Intelligence tools IBM Cognos and SAP BusinessObjects, but Cognos with release 8 had been losing its position for the last two years. Now with the new release 10 Cognos has returned to its status as one of the leading products in the marketplace. SAS Enterprise BI Server and IBM Cognos score the most points in the 2012 BI Tools Survey.
New sections in the BI Tools Survey
The 2012 survey now includes sections on Performance Management, Predictive Analysis (Data Mining) and technical performance issues like use of aggregates and caching.
These have been included to help take account of various trends in the market – specifically “Big Data”, the increasing use of management systems like Balanced Scorecard and the interest in trying to predict future performance instead of just reporting what has happened in the past.
Companies have different requirements
Creating successful Business Intelligence systems is quite complex, because different types of companies have different requirements. In our view it would be a mistake to restrict the initial choice to one or two companies just because they have a large market share. Read more in the section ‘ranking by category’ or download the Business Intelligence Tools Survey Report.