It's rare enough to have a single unbiased, objective non-vendor-sponsored, statistically valid snapshot of what is really happening in the business intelligence (BI) industry. However, with the recent publication of The OLAP Survey 4, we now have a series of studies conducted using a consistent methodology, which lets us look at trends. In other words, this series lets us examine what hasn't changed as well as the direction of the things that are changing.

As with previous editions of The OLAP Survey, this fourth edition included the DM Review reader panel; therefore, some of you may have participated in the latest survey. However, this time we decided to try to obtain a more international flavor to the sample overall, so we teamed up with a German industry analyst organization to get a much clearer picture of the situation in German-speaking countries. The questionnaire was fully translated into German, and far more people in continental Europe were included in the study.

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