Continue in 2 seconds

Are there any Web sites or institutions that give the pros and cons for each BI tool? And are there any selection criteria?

By
  • Sid Adelman, Clay Rehm, Les Barbusinski
Published
  • March 13 2003, 1:00am EST

Q:

Are there any Web sites or institutions that give the pros and cons for each BI tool? And are there any selection criteria?

A:

Sid Adelman’s Answer: Nigel Pense and Richard Creeth have a Web site, www.olapreport.com.

There are a few selection criteria you may want to use.

  1. Does the product run on our chosen platform? (Y/N)
  2. How well does the product work with others we have already chosen?
  3. Is the vendor financially stable? (Y/N)
  4. What is the cost of the product?
  5. What is the administrative effort (number of FTEs)?
  6. What is the learning curve?
  7. What are the issues involving recruiting or training staff (could be very important)
  8. If the user will see the product (query tool, report writer, data mining), does the user like the product?
  9. Is the vendor support good?
  10. Is the vendor training adequate?
  11. What percentage of this market does the product (not the vendor) have?

Les Barbusinski’s Answer: The most comprehensive survey I know of is titled "The OLAP Survey" and is published by Nigel Pendse every few years. You can purchase it directly on the Web at http://www.survey.com/products/olap2 or call the market research company, Survey.com, directly at (408) 850-1227. This white paper contrasts ROLAP vs. MOLAP vs. DOLAP tools and ranks most of the major BI tools for a variety of characteristics such as market penetration, suitability to task, Web deployments, percentage of purchases that end up as shelfware, customer loyalty to the product, success rates, problems encountered, etc.

Hope this helps.

Clay Rehm’s Answer: There are Web sites that give overviews of the tools, but these are based on someone else’s opinions. You really need to evaluate each tool yourself based on the requirements the tool must meet for your organization.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Information Management content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access