Monday, February 24, 2014

Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2014

American information technology research and advisory firm Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms is a highly respected ranking of Business Intelligence and Analytics players. In Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2014 (you can access full report from here), the leaders quadrant, which houses top players in terms of ability to execute and completeness of vision, is now crowded with Tableau, Qlik (QlikTech which has re-branded itself), Microsoft, SAP, SAS, IBM, Tibco Sportfire, Oracle, Information Builders and Microstrategy.

Tableau, which has entered the leaders quadrant just in 2013, is now the best BI/BA platform in terms of ability to execute, clearly highest scoring leader in terms of ability to execute.

There are two challengers in 2014, Birst and Logi Analytics (formerly LogiXML). Although Logi Analytics seem to go down in both ability to execute and completeness of vision, Birst is now almost in the leader’s quadrant.

Each year, Gartner analyzes every vendor in the Business Intelligence and Analytics market. Their research has particular significance because it often identifies the innovations that drive the market. As part of that report, Gartner also releases the Magic Quadrant, which shows the relative positions of the market’s competitors. The trends and innovations that Gartner has identified this year are familiar ones.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2014
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2014
Tableau’s popularity is reflected in its Wall Street highflyer profile. Tableau’s year-over-year revenue growth has spiraled upward 62%, 71%, 90% and 95% in the last four quarters.

Here is a summary of what happens in Business Intelligence platform domain based on Gartner’s report:

The broad shift to the left is tied to the years-long ascendance of data-discovery platforms from the likes of Tableau Software, QlikTech, and Tibco Spotfire. Data discovery is now driving the majority of new software license revenue, but these platforms tend to lack “the necessary features in relation to governance, administration, and scalability,” Gartner reports. 
Meanwhile, incumbents like IBM, SAP, Oracle, and MicroStrategy that tend to do well on governance, administration, and scalability have had “limited success in delivering ‘good enough’ data discovery capabilities,” Gartner writes. In other words, practitioners want and need the ease and speed of data-discovery platforms, but they shouldn’t have to give up admin control and the assurance of data-modeling and data-quality consistency across high-scale deployments.
Source : Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Winners & Losers

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Business users interested in more complex problems of Business Analytics

Business users are interested in more complex problems in the domain of Business Analytics and Business Intelligence according to survey compiled in large meetups targeting business analysts and business intelligence users. Among 5,000 participants almost half are interested in big data and data analytics. Interest in data visualization popularized by Qlikview and Tableau is 29%. 2 more sophisticated Business Analytics topics, data mining (25%) and predictive analytics (23%) are also in the top 10.

You can read more here at Business Analysts Want Access To Advanced Analytics.



Monday, February 3, 2014

Sales Management and Customer Analysis Demo

The Sales Management and Customer Analysis is a popular domain where Business Intelligence and Analytics is applied. In this demo for sales managers and individual reps, a high level dashboard, product, region, and customer focused analyses, and of course a full set of transaction level detail is covered. It also features a nice demonstration of QlikView 11 Comparative Analysis - allowing reps to identify target customers that have purchased certain sets of products but have not purchased other sets.

You can see the demo video below. If you want to play around with it on your own here is the link to download self-executive Business Analytics application as well as Overview documentation. The package also includes a link to web based version of this demo which can be accessed by mobile devices.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Manufacturing analytics demo video

This manufacturing analytics demonstration is a Plant Operations application, enabling the analysis of the performance of a Wrapping paper plant and it's production process. It is possible to analyse overall production performance and individual machine performance across a number of key dimensions such as Division, Branch, Time etc.

 It gives you the ability to analyse various metrics important to the efficient running of a plant/production line.

  •     Scrap
  •     Plant Costs (including labour, material and overheads)
  •     Machine efficiency and production stats
  •     Work order cycle time
You can watch the video below. If you want hands on the application, access the self-executable application and link to web based version of the dashboard by clicking here : Plant Operations Demo Package.


The demo runs on powerful QlikView Business Discovery platform which bridges the gap between traditional BI solutions and standalone office productivity applications, enabling users to forge new paths and make new discoveries. It brings a whole new level of analysis, insight, and value to existing data stores with user interfaces that are clean, simple, and straightforward.