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Number of People Using BI


A number of clients ask me "how many people do you think use BI." It's not an easy question to answer, it will not be an exact science and will have many caveats. But here we go:

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Comments (2)
Your estimate of the number of users of BI at 3-4% may be accurate. How does this compare with Excel usage in business?

Most of us exclude Excel when we think about the BI market. The problem is BI is expensive and it is getting harder to justify an ROI. Excel is often closer to providing true decision support, which is why "export to Excel" is a universal requirement of BI tools.

Excel is 30 year old technology.

Posted by richard t | Wednesday, March 24 2010 at 4:38PM ET
Here are several comparisons to a BI solution vs Excel. SKYPAD, powered by Qlikview, will be the BI solution.

Saving user-created reports-- With SKYPAD, Users can independently create and save reports as bookmarks; no custom development required for on-the-fly report format changes. With EXcel- Users can alter reports within contraints of pivot table functions; all user-created reports must be reconfigured with each new data refresh

Sharing--SKYPAD,Bookmarks can be shared instantly by user; data refreshes are automatically populated into saved report format. EXCEL, Individual reports may only be shared as an entire pivot table workbook (report suite + data cache)

Incorporating Images- SKYPAD, Product images are easily integrated in report views; exporting capabilities to merchandising/ production/ sales reports. EXCEL, Actual images are not supported within pivot table views or functionality

Visualization options- SKYPAD, Offers portfolio of advanced visual analytics and dashboard features (e.g. heat maps, geographic maps, gaging, etc). EXCEL,Limited to pivot tables and excel-based charts and graphs

Data Set- SKYPAD, Data is held "in-memory", exclusive to client hardware capabilities; full data set available to any view. EXCEL, Only a subset of data can typically be shown and analyzed in excel because cache size is limited.

Posted by Gil H | Monday, March 29 2010 at 11:31AM ET
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