There has been a great deal of industry buzz about analytic applications over the last year, much of it from the trade press, industry analysts and vendors. Every software vendor has introduced a set of analytic applications, and they all want your business. You listened to their presentations, viewed their demos and read their brochures. Now you have to decide if you need one and, if so, which one.

An analytic application package is a packaged solution that enables business users to access and analyze information needed in various business processes. The business solutions provided are tied to particular industries or to functional areas within a company such as finance, sales, marketing and supply chain.

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