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Of BI and Baseball: Two Reports Present Vendor and Product Standings

It ain't over till it's over, and Forrester and BIScorecard reports say the business intelligence playoffs are a long way off.

BIScorecard Focuses on the Products

The just-released BIScorecard Strategic and Product Summary, Q2 2008, report takes a more product-focused look at eight leading BI suites: BusinessObjects XI R2, Cognos 8.3, Information Builders Web FOCUS, Microsoft BI, MicroStrategy 8.1, Oracle BI Enterprise Edition and Essbase, QlikView and SAS Enterprise BI. Each product is scored (with green, yellow and red bubbles) along eight dimensions: Business Query/Reporting, Production Reporting, OLAP, Information Delivery, Dashboards, Spreadsheet/MS Office integration, Predictive Analytics, Administration and Architecture. Scores range from "Minimal/None" to "Excellent," based on analysis of 10 to 25 detailed features in each of these areas.

BI Scorecard
The report's product-by-product scorecard and vendor analyses are only available within the full report (which costs $895), but report author Cindi Howson has released a vendor-focused "Strategic Considerations" assessment (above) of seven out of the eight vendors covered in the full report (note: "EIM" stands for enterprise information management — ETL, data integration, etc. — and "PM" stands for performance management applications).

"Customers who make bigger investments and have a longer time horizon to deploy a solution will give greater weight to these strategic considerations," writes Howson in her report. "Customers who are making a smaller investment will give greater weight to current product capabilities."

Indeed, Howson's product and vendor Scorecards are markedly different, with, for example, MicroStrategy faring better in the product-level Scorecard than in the vendor strategic assessment above.

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