As I was doing research for our “Forrester Wave: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2010,” I couldn’t help to remember a  dear old friend of mine, who was/is one of the nicest and smartest people, but often a bit naïve and too idealistic. At one point when we were watching Olympic Games on TV she shed a tear and said “why can’t they all win”. Unlike the Olympic Games, though, it’s good news all around for all of the vendors covered in our latest evaluation. Here it is in a nutshell.

In Forrester's 145-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, we found that IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, Oracle, Information Builders, SAS, Microsoft, and MicroStrategy led the pack because of the completeness of not just BI, but overall information management functionality. Actuate came out as a Strong Performer on the heels of the Leaders offering equal — or in some cases superior — BI functionality, but it mostly relies on partners for the rest of its information management capabilities.

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