This quarter is going to be a hectic one for BI announcements. Cognos announced its new Cognos 8 suite a few weeks ago and today Business Objects announced Business Objects XI Release 2. Next up will be Hyperion System 9. All three vendors are trying to provide one-stop shopping for business intelligence. The key distinguishing factors between vendors are going to be the level of integration between the various components of the suites and pricing.
Another key direction for these vendors is integration with SAP (who are getting ready a new release of SAP NetWeaver) and Microsoft Office. Again, the level of integration here will be an important factor.
In early November Microsoft will launch SQL Server 2005, which could do some significant damage to customer base of other BI vendors. Worthy of note here is the Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) 2005, which is tightly integrated with Microsoft Office. It offers a very competitive alternative to the scorecard and dashboard solutions of other leading BI vendors. It is also considerably cheaper. Both Panorama Software and ProClarity will be offering some interesting extensions to BSM.
All in all it's going to be an interesting to watch the vendors battle it out. Hopefully the customer will be the winner!
Posted October 3, 2005 7:07 PM
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