February 21, 2012

Business intelligence industry trends

This is one of a series of posts on business intelligence and related analytic technology subjects, keying off the 2011/2012 version of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms. The four posts in the series cover:

Besides company-specific comments, the 2011/2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence (BI) Platforms offered observations on overall BI trends in a “Market Overview” section. I have mixed feelings about Gartner’s list. In particular:

Here’s the forest that I suspect Gartner is missing for the trees:

It may seem odd to say that all-in-one enterprise BI platforms will not catch up to alternatives, given that:

But for starters, please consider that most lists of enterprise BI all-in-one platform leaders would start with Gartner’s top five “completeness of vision” choices: IBM, SAP, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, and Oracle. Only one of those five is actually an independent business intelligence vendor; the others are trying to integrate BI with other parts of the technology stack. Even the vendors no longer believe in the classical enterprise BI separate-platform ideal.

On the other hand, integrating BI with other stuff to be best of breed across the board is hard. For example:

In fairness — IBM seems to have left Cognos’ products pretty much alone, except for some questionable “appliance” marketing bundles.

Now let’s look at three categories of “analytic application” technology opportunity I cited in a recent post:

Let me be even more specific.

Finally, as is always the case when I argue for best-of-breed over dreary-corporate-standard, I must concede that for sufficiently small enterprises, an all-in-one offering is probably best. The same may go for any single department of a large enterprise.

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11 Responses to “Business intelligence industry trends”

  1. The 2011/2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms — overview comments : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on February 21st, 2012 7:44 am

    [...] Business intelligence industry trends — some of Gartner’s thoughts but mainly my own. [...]

  2. The 2011/2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms — company-by-company comments : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on February 21st, 2012 7:44 am

    [...] Business intelligence industry trends — some of Gartner’s thoughts but mainly my own. [...]

  3. Third-party analytics : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on February 21st, 2012 7:47 am

    [...] Business intelligence industry trends — some of Gartner’s thoughts but mainly my own. [...]

  4. Visualign on February 23rd, 2012 11:07 am

    For an interactive Magic Quadrant chart with the last 5 years of Business Intelligence company trajectories, see here:

    http://visualign.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/gartners-magic-quadrant-for-business-intelligence/

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    [...] 4. Business intelligence industry trends – The Gartner magic quadrant was updated again. Monash Research dives deeper to highlight some important clarifications about Garner’s methodology. TL;DR – Mobile is overrated (for now), enterprise BI is nice but the leaders still fall short for data discovery, hence the scrappy UI entrants. [...]

  6. What I’m reading: Social Network Stocks Meltdown; Will Facebook Feel the Heat? An Alliance With Cable Is Exactly What Netflix Needs To Survive, How Lobbyists Run Washington, Business intelligence industry trends, Kick Windows Installers to the Curb; on March 7th, 2012 1:08 pm

    [...] 4. Business intelligence industry trends – The Gartner magic quadrant was updated again. Monash Research dives deeper to highlight some important clarifications about Garner’s methodology. TL;DR – Mobile is overrated (for now), enterprise BI is nice but the leaders still fall short for data discovery, hence the scrappy UI entrants. [...]

  7. What I’m reading: Social Network Stocks Meltdown; Will Facebook Feel the Heat? An Alliance With Cable Is Exactly What Netflix Needs To Survive, How Lobbyists Run Washington, Business intelligence industry trends, Kick Windows Installers to the Curb; on March 7th, 2012 1:09 pm

    [...] 4. Business intelligence industry trends – The Gartner magic quadrant was updated again. Monash Research dives deeper to highlight some important clarifications about Garner’s methodology. TL;DR – Mobile is overrated (for now), enterprise BI is nice but the leaders still fall short for data discovery, hence the scrappy UI entrants. [...]

  8. What I’m reading: Social Network Stocks Meltdown; Will Facebook Feel the Heat? An Alliance With Cable Is Exactly What Netflix Needs To Survive, How Lobbyists Run Washington, Business intelligence industry trends, Kick Windows Installers to the Curb; on March 7th, 2012 1:17 pm

    [...] 4. Business intelligence industry trends – The Gartner magic quadrant for BI was recently updated. Monash Research dives deeper to highlight some important clarifications about Garner’s methodology. TL;DR – Mobile is overrated (for now), enterprise BI is nice but the leaders still fall short for data discovery, hence the scrappy UI-focused entrants. [...]

  9. What I’m reading: Social Network Stocks Meltdown; Will Facebook Feel the Heat? An Alliance With Cable Is Exactly What Netflix Needs To Survive, How Lobbyists Run Washington, Business intelligence industry trends, Kick Windows Installers to the Curb; on March 7th, 2012 1:19 pm

    [...] 4. Business intelligence industry trends – The Gartner magic quadrant for BI was recently updated. Monash Research dives deeper to highlight some important clarifications about Garner’s methodology. TL;DR – Mobile is overrated (for now), enterprise BI is nice but the leaders still fall short for data discovery, hence the scrappy UI-focused entrants. [...]

  10. What I’m reading: Social Network Stocks Meltdown; Will Facebook Feel the Heat? An Alliance With Cable Is Exactly What Netflix Needs To Survive, How Lobbyists Run Washington, Business intelligence industry trends, Kick Windows Installers to the Curb; on March 7th, 2012 1:20 pm

    [...] 4. Business intelligence industry trends – The Gartner magic quadrant for BI was recently updated. Monash Research dives deeper to highlight some important clarifications about Garner’s methodology. TL;DR – Mobile is overrated (for now), enterprise BI is nice but the leaders still fall short for data discovery, hence the scrappy UI-focused entrants. [...]

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