Business Intelligence (BI) is a perennial green that simply refuses to give up and get commoditized.  Even though very few vendors try to differentiate these days on commodity features like point and click, drag and drop, report grouping, ranking, sorting filtering (those that still do – get with the program!), there are still plenty of innovative and differentiated features to master. We categorize these capabilities under the aegis of Forrester Agile BI and they include

It’s with BI unification (historical and predictive) in mind that SAP announced its intent to acquire KXEN. It’s not a major direction change for SAP – they’ve had a long history of providing predictive analytics functionality integrated with the rest of the BOBJ and BW technologies. For years SAP OEMed SPSS as its predictive solution of choice. Then after IBM acquired SPSS that relationship naturally withered and SAP started building their own proprietary predictive routines in BW and HANA. They also got on the open source R bandwagon and integrated R into BOBJ and HANA. Now it'll be interesting to watch how SAP will juggle between 1) their own proprietary predictive routines, 2) R, and 3) KXEN. SAP has tons of competition in this space

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