Congratulations to the 2005 Readership Award winners!

"We have a savvy audience who values the products in use within their organizations. We congratulate the 2005 Readership Award winners for the high level of product and service excellence they provide to our readers."

- Brian Cronin, publisher of DM Review

Each year, DM Review enlists a research firm to poll readers to determine the top companies serving the technology needs of the business intelligence community in specific market segments. This year, The Gantry Group, LLC, a Massachusetts-based strategic advisory and research firm, conducted an independent survey of DM Review readers from early May through mid-September 2005. The survey divided software solutions into nine categories and asked respondents to rate the vendors of those solutions based on the quality of the products in use in their organizations and their level of customer satisfaction. The ratings were based on a four-point scale from excellent to poor. The 2005 Readership Award winners are the leaders in their respective categories.

Business Intelligence -
SAS

Business intelligence is evolving from business analysis and support to a strategic environment for executives and operational BI for line-of-business end users. The 2005 DM Review Readership Study showed a 27 percent increase over 2004 in the average number of users and an increase of 34 percent for the average number of concurrent users of BI systems. SAS business intelligence integrates data from across an enterprise and delivers self-service reporting and analysis to everyone's fingertips. Decision-makers spend less time looking for answers and more time driving decisions.

Data Administration, Design, Management & Performance -
Microsoft Corporation

Consistent, reliable reports are crucial to implement a business strategy that carries out the corporate mission. Imagine a workplace where business reports won't just be a static collection of numbers that reflect the judgment of whoever gathered them. As the marketplace accepts Excel as the spreadsheet of choice for all end users, data administration, design, performance and management involves the flexibility to offer the right information to the right people at the right time.

Analytic Applications, Business Performance Management & Web Analytics -
SAS

Analytics, corporate performance management and Web analytics are the current incantation of business intelligence. As we push BI up to the executive level and down to the knowledge-worker level, organizations want tools that can provide transparent, easy access to a single version of the data. SAS offers a comprehensive suite of analytics software to help reduce uncertainty, predict with precision and optimize performance.

Collaboration, Portals, Unstructured Data, Content Management & Knowledge Management -
Oracle Corporation

Most analysts expect 20 percent or more growth in portal license revenues. Gartner estimated the portal market will grow at 24 percent to $2 billion by 2006. The equivalent figure from IDC was 41 percent growth rate to $3.1 billion by 2006. The portal is the way we will view Web-based information. For so long, we have worked on the data contained in rows and columns. The reality is that 80 percent of the information we collect is in unstructured formats. Oracle understands the requirements of today's technology and offers products that fit your needs.

Data Quality -
Oracle Corporation

Data quality must be consistent across processes, workflows, applications and data stores in order to provide valuable, mission-critical information for the decision-makers. As paper is being replaced by Web-based reports and there is a cultural shift to broaden the user base, data quality becomes more important than ever. Consistent quality processes and responses are an Oracle hallmark.

Servers -
Hewlett-Packard

IDC reports that the worldwide server market grew 3.8 percent to $25.9 billion during the first half of 2005 when compared to the same period a year ago. Whether it is a small business or a global enterprise, high-performing, reliable servers are the backbone of modern technology. With a broad portfolio of servers, HP has one that fits any organization's business requirements.

Storage -
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Our 2005 Readership Survey showed that our respondent's data warehouse size is expected to grow 59 percent in the next three years and data mart size will grow at a 48 percent clip. Information life cycle management is moving to the forefront as a successful corporate strategy. Sun's family of open, standards-based storage solutions helps customers secure their data, simplify storage management, make informed decisions about their environments and leverage their existing infrastructure investments.

Data Integration -
Informatica Corporation

Data is where the value lies in an organization. Pulling together and reconciling dispersed data for analytic purposes from multiple, heterogeneous systems is a common challenge. With the growth of enterprise-wide architectures, data needs to be accessed, extracted, moved, loaded, validated, cleansed, standardized and transformed in addition to the processes and applications. Informatica recently introduced PowerCenter 8.0, which delivers near-universal access to enterprise data.

Databases & Data Stores -
Oracle Corporation

Oracle is the leading database for decision support and online transaction processing in real-world customer environments, according to the Winter Corporation 2005 TopTen Program survey. The survey, which identifies the world's largest and most heavily used databases, found that the largest commercial data warehouse in the world runs a 100 terabyte Oracle Database. Overall, the survey found that Oracle is the only database vendor whose customers posted top results on Linux, UNIX and Windows platforms.

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