Over the last couple of years, most of the business intelligence (BI) vendors have relabeled their products as performance management solutions. Their definitions of performance management have varied, depending on what products they happen to include in their suites, but they usually fail to demonstrate exactly how their products have helped the business performance of their customers. Even if they tried, it would be very difficult for them to show how the particular features of their products generated superior business performance compared to competitive products.With access to the data from The OLAP Surveys, such an analysis is possible, and the results are surprising.

The latest OLAP Survey had an even larger sample than the four previous editions: data from 2,100 participants in 95 countries was used to analyze dozens of aspects of the purchase and use of more than two dozen OLAP products. In total, 5,551 people responded, but some were not yet users, others were vendors using their own products and some were unable to answer questions. This is by far the largest independent survey of BI users ever carried out.

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