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Business Performance Management platforms overview Part 1: Market presentation
Daniela Ioana SANDU IBM, Milan - Italy

Abstract: Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company who delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. The Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platformsreport presents a global view of Gartner's opinion of the main software vendors that should be considered by organizations seeking to develop BI/BPM applications. Based on the BI capabilities provided by their platforms and based on the client portfolio, vendors are classified as leaders, challengers, visionaries and niche players. In order to consolidate their position as leaders and in order togain more market share, the past few years where characterized by numerous and sound acquisitions that repositioned the main software vendors in the Magic Quadrant. This is the first of the series of articles intended to describe the BPM platforms of the main vendors on the market as a result of the acquisitions of the last years. The vendors whose platforms will be described are Hyperion/Oracle,Cognos/IBM, SAP, Business Objects, SAS, Microsoft. Keywords: market, platform, Business Intelligence, Business Performance Management. Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company who delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. The Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platformsreport released quarterly presents a global view of Gartner's opinion of the main software vendors that should be considered by organizations seeking to develop BI/BPM applications. The BI platform vendors are classified based on the capabilities a BI/BPM platform is to provide. The capabilities are grouped in 3 categories of functionalities: 1. Integration a. BI infrastructure – refers toinfrastructure integration; b. Metadata management – the presence of instruments to search, capture, store, reuse and publish metadata objects; c. Development - the BI platform should provide programming development tools and a software developer's kit for creating BI applications. d. Workflow and collaboration – a component that enables BI users to share and discuss information via public folders anddiscussion threads. 2. Information Delivery refers to the tools and means to deliver information to the end user: a. Reporting b. Dashboards; c. Ad hoc queries; d. Microsoft Office integration; 3. Analysis refers to the tools and means to allow end-user data anlysis: a. OLAP; b. Advanced visualization ; c. Predictive modeling and data mining ; d. Scorecards.

In the last Gartner report for BIreleased in January 2009, vendors were included in the Magic Quadrant if they met the following requirements:  Generate $20 million or more total software revenue from BI platform software sales annually or, in the case of open-source BI platform software, generate $20 million total company revenue annually.  Have customers that have deployed the vendor's BI platform as their enterprise BI solutionand, in the case of vendors that also supply transactional applications, the BI platform is routinely used by organizations that do not use its transactional applications.  Deliver at least 8 out of 12 capabilities in the BI platform market definition. Gartner classifies the vendors on the BI/BPM market in 4 classes: leaders, challengers, visionaries and niche players. Leaders: are vendors thatare strong in their BI platform capabilities and which can deliver enterprise wide implementations that support a broad BI strategy. Challengers: offer a good breadth of BI platform functionality, are well positioned to succeed in the market but:  they are limited to specific technical environments or application domains;  or their vision is hampered by a lack of coordinated strategy across...
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