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February 2006 Archives

SAS's SAS9 BI v9.1.3 provides a solid business intelligence (BI) product for analytic reporting, but has clear limitations in enterprise reporting. The product provides comprehensive data access to most RDBMSes and MDDBs, along with mainframes and legacy apps, as well as advanced analytics in data mining and predictive analytics. Other strengths include solid metadata development and security capabilities with improved usability and Microsoft Office integration capabilities. However, SAS is the only tier-one BI vendor that does not have a viable enterprise reporting solution to complement its analytic reporting capabilities, which makes SAS less attractive to companies looking to standardize on a single reporting solution. Based on our analysis, SAS is a strong performer in analytic reporting and a contender in enterprise reporting with a greater emphasis on analytic reporting.

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Posted February 24, 2006 8:00 AM
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SAP NetWeaver 2004 is an integration and application platform. The product provides comprehensive business intelligence (BI) application development tools and capabilities targeted at operational BI apps embedded within composite application processes, with an embedded data warehouse (SAP BW), analytic reporting tool (BEx), and enterprise reporting (Crystal Reports via OEM). A strong international presence and solid metadata management mechanism are balanced against basic support for usability, report development, and dashboard capabilities. Unlike most BI products, SAP NetWeaver 2004 offers a broad range of BI and non-BI application server capabilities that often creates confusion with buyers about what to license and how to implement NetWeaver as a BI solution. Overall, SAP is a strong performer in both enterprise and analytic reporting with a greater emphasis on enterprise reporting.

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Posted February 23, 2006 12:00 PM
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Oracle Business Intelligence 10.1.2 provides a Java application-centric business intelligence (BI) reporting and analysis amalgam of products bundled within the Oracle 10g database and Oracle 10g application server for support of analytic and enterprise reporting. The product provides comprehensive security and administration along with application scalability and basic Microsoft Office integration, but lacks robust report layout and development functionality and ease of use. This product is but one of a few — others include Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and SAP NetWeaver 2004 — that provides BI functionality bundled within a database or application server platform. Based on our analysis, Oracle is a strong performer in both analytic and enterprise reporting with a greater emphasis on analytic reporting.

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Posted February 23, 2006 8:00 AM
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Microsoft's business intelligence (BI) technology, including SQL Server 2005 with Integration Services for data integration, Reporting Services for production reporting, and Analysis Services for analytic functionality, provides a solid, albeit incomplete, solution for analytic and enterprise reporting. The offering provides good usability and application development capabilities, with average analytic functionality — highlighted by the OLAP functionality in Analysis Services. Microsoft is one of a growing number of vendors — including Actuate, Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion, and MicroStrategy — that offer both analytic and enterprise reporting capabilities on an integrated platform; however, the newness and immaturity of Reporting Services with the brand new report authoring capabilities make this a work in progress. As a result, Microsoft is a strong performer in both enterprise and analytic reporting with a greater emphasis on analytic reporting.

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Posted February 22, 2006 12:00 PM
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Information Builders WebFOCUS 7 provides a strong application development platform for developing and deploying operational business intelligence (BI) apps. The product provides comprehensive data access, excellent application scalability, and security and administration, but lacks usability and robust report layout and design capabilities. WebFOCUS is best suited for production reporting applications and operational BI, but is not well suited for advanced analytics or OLAP applications. Overall, Information Builders is a strong performer in both enterprise and analytic reporting with a greater emphasis on enterprise reporting.

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Posted February 22, 2006 10:00 AM
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