Information Builders, Salesforce, Sisense and Microsoft are among the top providers of analytics software, according to a new report from Nucleus Research.
About these vendors
Nucleus Research has released its “Analytics Technology Value Matrix 2018,” looking at 22 top vendors for data analytics software. The report was authored by analysts Daniel Elman and Barbara Z. Peck. According to the report, “Vendors are responding to the increased user demand and adoption by investing in embedding their technology in other business applications, abandoning on-premise hosting as a primary deployment method in favor of the cloud, and developing artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to automate processes and augment user intelligence. In particular, Nucleus sees AI being a crucial part of winning strategies to automate repetitive low-value tasks. More generally, vendors are looking to differentiate by delivering contextual analytics within the workflow to enable proactive data and insight discovery.”
Leaders in the Value Matrix include Information Builders, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Sisense, Tableau, and Yellowfin.
“Information Builders WebFOCUS is a full-suite, interactive BI and reporting platform that converts business data into actionable insights, using machine learning (ML) with AI capabilities for predictive analytics and Natural Language Queries (NLQ) in addition to traditional BI,” the report says. “WebFocus is a scalable solution with seamless integrations with multiple platforms such as Office 365.”
“Microsoft PowerBI is a suite of business analytics tools that offer self-service data management, analysis, querying, visualization, and dashboarding tools to business users of all kinds,” the report explains. “PowerBI comes as a standalone free desktop application but can also be hosted on the cloud for sharing, schedule refresh, and friendly data consumption experiences, as well as embedded in other tools.”
“Einstein is Salesforce’s AI engine built on top of its business platform,” the report explains. “Einstein Analytics is Salesforce’s standalone analytics product which enables full-service analytics from basic reporting and dashboards through advanced and AI-augmented data analysis. Einstein Analytics is natively integrated with customer data and activities in real time, so it delivers self-service BI functionality within the Salesforce workflow to users.”
“Sisense is New York-based company that delivers an end-to-end BI platform that specializes in collaborative dashboards and data visualizations. It is sold as a single tool solution that is equipped to ingest, prepare, analyze, and report on data of all formats and amounts,” the report says. “In addition to being a standalone product, Sisense can be embedded or white-labeled in third-party products, expanding its footprint.”
“Tableau is a BI provider based out of Seattle, Washington. It specializes in data visualization and dashboarding,” the report says. “The products are integrable with third party tools so that Tableau visualizations are easily embeddable and are known to be easy-to-use, which allows for quick user adoption. Tableau software is available as a desktop application and as a Web application hosted on the cloud.”
“Yellowfin is an Australian BI provider that offers an analytics platform with three main focus areas: dashboarding, visualization, and storyboarding,” the report explains. “The platform has additional tools to support data integration and preparation as well as data alerts, a mobile application, and collaborative tools. Customers describe the platform as being very user-friendly with highly accessible online resources and documentation for self-study.”
Facilitators in the Matrix include BOARD, Domo, Jinfonet Software, Qlik, and Zoomdata.
“BOARD International is a software vendor based out of Boston, Massachusetts and Chiasso, Switzerland that offers a single product for corporate performance management, business intelligence, and predictive analytics,” the report says. “The solution can be deployed in a full-cloud or hybridcloud environment as well as on-premise. The BOARD platform enables end-to-end BI functionality including simulations, data exploration and insight discovery, data entry and management, and visualization.”
“Domo for Business is a cloud-based analytics, visualization, and BI platform with intuitive dashboards that facilitate usability and do not require data scientists or IT for daily use,” the report explains. “Users reported that its ease of use and rapid deployments are important factors in their choice of Domo. Domo offers easy data access and self-service analytics to support agility and proactive usage by business users.”
“Jinfonet's JReport is an embedded analytics solution with customizable reporting, analytics, and dashboards built for enterprise-class scalability and performance,” the report explains. “JReport's deployment is available in the cloud, as-a-service, and on-premise, and can be customized to any business application within the context of existing software. Its Self-Service Analytics allows users to build ad-hoc reporting and dashboards from any location and analyze data with or without IT assistance.”
“Qlik is a cloud-based self-service analytics and business intelligence solutions provider,” the report says. “Many customers deploy Qlik as an end-to-end BI solution, handling data ingestion and preparation as well as analysis, visualization, and reporting. Its main products include Qlik Sense and QlikView, in addition to a portfolio of add-on products for specialized functionality.”
“Zoomdata offers an innovative BI solution,” the report explains. “The company’s high-performance BI engine and visual analytics allow users to discover new opportunities and solve problems that are too big or too complex to solve using conventional BI tools. Zoomdata’s interactive dashboards, native modern data connectors, scalable microservices architecture, and innovations such as Zoomdata Data Sharpening make it a natural front-end for big data, live streaming data, and multi-source analysis.”
Core providers in the Matrix include Birst, Dundas, Looker, Oracle, and TIBCO.
“Birst is an enterprise-grade, cloud-based BI and analytics platform that delivers end-to-end capabilities to help organizations analyze complex business processes,” the report says. “It can be deployed on both private and public clouds and supports a variety of data sources, from ERP systems and Big Data platforms to popular cloud applications, spreadsheets and files.”
“Dundas BI is a is a browser-based business intelligence and data visualization application that offers interactive custom dashboards, ad-hoc queries, visual reporting tools, and data analytics,” the report explains. “It is consistently described by customers as being easy to implement and use. Dundas BI can be deployed as the central data platform for a business or can be embedded into an existing application. Dundas BI security supports multi-tenant scalability SaaS deployments.”
“Looker software is a new addition to the Analytics Value Matrix,” the report says. “Looker is a big data vendor that that uses SQL to access and manipulate data, allowing users to explore, integrate, and visualize data in real-time using a browser. It is primary deployed in the cloud but can be deployed on-premise. Looker connects to any relational database and automatically generates a data model from the information that can be customized to a company’s specific needs.”
“Oracle’s approach makes it easy for companies to get started in the cloud and even easier to expand as business grows,” the report says. “Its analytics and BI product, called Oracle Analytics Cloud can perform all major BI tasks such as visualization, self-service reporting, data preparation, scenario and what-if analysis, and advanced analytics.”
“JasperSoft by TIBCO offers an interactive, embedded dashboard and reporting solution with broad flexibility for data visualizations and reporting,” the report explains. “JasperSoft delivers actionable insights with self-service for users to identify data they need inside their exiting application. It is scalable and can connect directly with big data such as with native reporting and analytics in real-time.”
Experts in the Value Matrix include GoodData, IBM, Logi Analytics, MicroStrategy, SAP, and SAS.
“GoodData is an end-to-end cloud-based predictive analytics platform that delivers insights in context at the point of work,” the report says. “The platform is secure and scalable with multi-tenant distribution and is also offered as a fully managed service. GoodData continues its focus on enhancing usability and reducing the need for extensive IT resources. Users can build insightful reports and visualizations that support better business decision and benefit from GoodData’s expertise in consolidating, transforming, and distributing actionable data.”
“IBM offers several products in the data analytics and BI space, so this report will focus IBM Cognos, its traditional enterprise-scale BI platform,” the report explains. “Cognos tends to be used in composite with other analytics tools; however, its maturity, reliability, and relatively large user ecosystem makes it a reliable choice for customers seeking traditional large-scale BI.”
“Logi Analytics is an embedded visual and predictive analytics platform focused on application teams, specifically product managers and developers,” the report says. “Logi enables companies to match their data analytics reporting and visualizations to their existing user interfaces (UIs). Logi connects to all relational databases, BigData, and company files and delivers security protections within the embedded application.”
“MicroStrategy offers a mature BI solution with end-to-end capabilities for data ingestion and management through to visualization and dashboarding,” the report says. “MicroStrategy is a well-established BI provider with strong capabilities in reporting, dashboarding, and data analysis. It is traditionally deployed on-premise although it has expanded to offer cloud hosting as well.”
SAP is “historically a major player in enterprise software, offering solutions for the full range of business functions such as ERP, CRM, and BI,” the report says. “It maintains an expansive legacy user base with large-scale on-premise deployments but also offers fully cloud-based and hybrid cloud solutions. Its products for BI and analytics include SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Predictive Analytics, SAP Analytics Hub, and SAP Leonardo Machine Learning.”
“The SAS suite was developed by the SAS Institute, a global software company based out of Cary, North Carolina that was incorporated in 1976. It offers a suite of data management and analytics solutions that can mine, alter, manage, retrieve, and analyze data. Its primary focus area is customer intelligence; however, other products handle a variety of specialized use cases including: fraud detection, risk assessment, IT management, and KPI monitoring.”