Blog: Industry Research Keep up with technology's impact on business. This blog provides summaries of the latest industry research. Copyright 2013 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:56:23 -0700 Visual Discovery Tools: Market Segmentation and Product Positioning Wayne Eckerson's latest research report is now available. This research report explores the market for in-memory visualization tools that provide speed-of-thought analysis to power users and interactive departmental dashboards to casual users.

The report includes:

  • Key chracteristics of visual discovery tools
  • Market trends
  • Types of visual discovery tools
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Vendor assessments
  • Recommendations.

You can access the report here.

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Read the full report here, and view the on-demand webcast about this research here.
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New research report on analytic architectures by Wayne Eckerson
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Survey Says: Two-Thirds of Organizations Worldwide Experience Success with Data Warehousing and Master Data Management Implementations

Baseline Consulting, an acknowledged leader in information design and deployment to improve business performance and realize strategic objectives, recently released the results of an international market survey designed to explore the link between data warehousing (DW) and master data management (MDM) initiatives in order to better understand the success rates of these initiatives for business.


"Despite the close relationship between MDM and DW, a glance at even the most recent literature on these topics reveals that these two important areas tend to be treated as entirely different," said Andy Hayler, CEO of The Information Difference Company which conducted the survey.  "Against this backdrop, we were interested in exploring the linkage between master data and data warehouses as well as the scale and scope of the initiatives for business use."


Key findings from the research study included the following:


  • Almost half (46 percent) of organizations surveyed have one or more DW and MDM implementation.  Relatively few (7 percent) had only MDM.
  • Encouragingly, 57 percent of MDM implementations are "enterprise-wide"; for DW's this number is 75 percent.
  • Generally, MDM implementations manage a mean of 109 million records; the biggest DW's are around 500 - 800 terabytes with a mean of 34 terabytes.
  • Two-thirds of organizations have data governance in place, showing an improvement over earlier studies.
  • Two-thirds consider their MDM and DW implementations to be at least moderately successful.

"This survey substantiates the symbiosis between data warehousing and MDM," said Jill Dyche, partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting.  "It's not surprising that companies with mature data warehouses are turning their heads to MDM to address data quality and reconciliation issues in a more sustainable way.  What is surprising is that MDM is often adopted by data warehousing teams in advance operational applications.  This reconfirms that MDM and data governance are being deployed incrementally by the early adopters."


More than 200 respondents completed the survey from companies worldwide.  Over half of the respondents came from companies with annual revenues greater than $1 billion.  To view the complete survey, go here.

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Centrifuge Recognized as Cool Vendor in Analytics, BI and Performance Management by Gartner Centrifuge Systems, Inc., a leading provider of next-generation business intelligence (BI) software, recently announced that it has been included in the list of Cool Vendors in BI and Performance Management by Bill Glassman et al of Gartner, Inc.

The report identifies companies that offer innovative, impactful and intriguing approaches and technology for business intelligence and data exploration.

Click here to view this Gartner Report.

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Independent Analyst Firm Recommends that Business Intelligence Professionals Consider Agile BI out of the Box Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization performance leader, recently announced it is listed among eight vendors in a newly published report, Agile BI Out of the Box, (April 2010) from Forrester Research Inc., an independent research firm.  The report concludes, Agile BI is clearly here to stay and succeed, since most traditional, non-Agile BI platforms and applications will be increasingly challenged to keep pace with a world moving at lightning speed.

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New Study Uncovers Why Current Business Intelligence Tools Do Not Address the BI Backlog Endeca Technologies, Inc., a search applications company, recently announced the availability of Agile BI: Best Practices For Breaking Through the BI Backlog, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on its behalf. The study reveals that while business intelligence (BI) adoption continues to skyrocket, current tools are not meeting increased and changing information demands. According to in-depth surveys of 226 business and IT professionals, a significant number of knowledge workers experience BI decision-making shortfalls, with 45% of respondents citing that current BI applications are difficult to learn and navigate. The study found multiple reasons for the limitations and inadequacies inherent in traditional BI and recommends several steps to address the challenge, including agile BI.

For a complimentary copy of the study, please visit: Read Chief Strategist Paul Sonderegger's perspective on the survey results at Endeca's Search Facets blog:

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Open Source Business Intelligence Research
"Forty-eight percent of the open source BI users in Aberdeen's survey have annual revenues of $50m or less, whereas only 37% of the users of traditionally licensed BI products are that small," said David White, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "It's clear that for some the options were open source BI, or no BI at all. For organizations with small BI budgets, open source may be the only viable option. In that sense, for smaller organizations, open source BI may be truly a game-changer, providing insights that would otherwise elude them."
A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part to the following underwriters: Pentaho and Talend. A complimentary copy of the report can be obtained by visiting  ]]> Aberdeen Group Thu, 08 Apr 2010 07:53:57 -0700
New Research: Ease of Use and Interface Appeal in BI Tools Age, job role and gender are three considerations that will impact the ease of use of a business intelligence (BI) tool in addition to familiarity and training. This report authored by Cindi Howson looks at the impact of the user interface and emphasizes the importance of ease of use in ensuring widespread BI adoption.

Cindi presents her findings in an on-demand webcast available at. Click here to watch.

The complete report is available for download here.

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Global Study Reveals That Companies Believe That the Recession Is Far from Over and Spending on IT Will Be Flat in 2010 In a recently released study, RONIN polled nearly 1,500 companies across 12 countries on how the recession is impacting their companies and it reveals that there has been little change in sentiment in the past 12 months. Throughout the period, 87% of companies have been negatively impacted, with 48% being "strongly" or "extremely" negatively impacted.

The study has focused on the IT function in companies and shows that they too are as affected negatively by the economic climate as was the case during 2009. This has resulted in an expectation that external spending on computers, software and related services will be flat compared with 2009 (which was 5.3% lower than the 2008 levels).

Two other major themes emerged from the study.

The first relates to the way companies as a whole are reacting to the recession. The study shows that there is a significant bifurcation between companies which are taking short-term actions concentrating on cost cutting and leaving strategic aspects until they emerge from the recession ("short termers"), and companies which are taking advantage of the recession to re-think their business models and develop strategies which will allow them to emerge stronger ("strategics"). It is clear from the study that the "strategics" have embraced technology more and are implementing initiatives to expand the systems and infrastructure to help them emerge with competitive advantage over the "short termers." They believe they will emerge stronger, whereas the "short termers" believe they will not.

The study also reveals that there will be a recessional realignment - behaviors post-recession will be different rather than reverting to the pre-recession approaches.

There are five major aspects of change - the first is the increased customer power that buyers have had during the recession, which seems unlikely to be relinquished in the slow emergence from the recession and afterwards. Coupled with this is the belief that the "recession pricing" that many vendors adopted during the recession to make some (albeit lower) margins rather than none will be insisted on going forward. The third aspect is the insistence on flexibility and variability - fixed-cost structures are being replaced by variable-cost structures. The fourth, and related, change is the shortening of cycle times for planning, budgets and projects. The five-year plan is a thing of the past. The complex, integrated, five-year project with payback only after that time has given way to a series of short phases with interim payback as each phase is completed. And the final change will be increased risk avoidance, which will encourage companies to buy mainstream or advanced rather than "bleeding edge" technology.

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Business Intelligence Becomes Top Priority of Supply Chain Executives Pervasive and role-based supply chain intelligence emerges as a critical factor for improving operational performance, according to a new report published by Aberdeen Group, Supply Chain Intelligence: Adopt Role-Based Operational Business Intelligence and Improve Visibility.

To read the full release, click here.

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Oco Named in Gartner's Report on Players in BI Industry Oco, Inc., has been included by Gartner, Inc., in a recent report the firm published on the state of the business Intelligence (BI) industry and its key players.

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KPMG: Executives See Governance, Risk and Compliance as Key Priority Nearly two-thirds of executives globally say they are focused on converging their company's many disparate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) initiatives, to improve risk management and reduce costs, according to a global survey by KPMG International.

Some 64 percent of 542 executives called the convergence of GRC projects a priority, driven in part by the complexity of business.

"Companies need to rationalize the many monitoring activities that have emerged in response to rising government regulations. It's too expensive to continue to manage those functions in silos," said Michael J. Nolan, Global Leader for Risk and Compliance at KPMG International, the global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory Services.

The KPMG survey respondents, asked to list why they implemented their GRC program, said the top reasons were to: simplify overall business complexity (44 percent), reduce organizational risk exposure (37 percent) and improve corporate performance (32 percent). In addition, respondents said other benefits of a GRC program included an ability to identify and manage risks more quickly (59 percent) and improved corporate performance (39 percent). One-quarter (26 percent) of the respondents said GRC convergence will reduce duplication and identify synergies, helping to achieve lower costs.

"Many executives embarking on a GRC program are encountering obstacles, due primarily to the potential cultural change within the organization. However, they still believe it is necessary to improve management and oversight of the organization, identify new risks, comply with new government regulations, and provide a broad dashboard of operational information," said Farrell. "With proper implementation, GRC can reduce corporate complexity and give management the information it needs to make rapid decisions in a fast-paced marketplace.

"Initially, leaders may need to step back from their day-to-day efforts and take a fresh look at their GRC realities and needs," Farrell said. "They should aim to improve overall GRC effectiveness - considering their unique needs, like compliance, for instance - while working to converge GRC components with reason and efficiency in mind, and all in tandem."


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Independent Analyst Firm Reports Enterprises Seeking Greater Business Agility, Flexible Data Architectures are Adopting Iaas Composite Software recently announced that a newly published report, The Forrester Wave: Information-As-A-Service (IaaS), Q1 2010, from Forrester Research, an independent research firm, concludes that enterprises seeking greater business agility and flexible data architectures are increasingly adopting IaaS or data services.

To read more, click here.
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Business Intelligence Offers the Promise of Widespread Benefits, Yet Many Challenges Remain Ness Technologies survey of more than 140 firms reveals industry-wide shortfalls of over 50% in results achieved from BI initiatives.

To read the full press release, click here.

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