New Gleanster Research Reveals Best Practices in Agile Business Intelligence

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Top Performers include arcplan, InetSoft, Information Builders, Jaspersoft, LogiXML, MicroStrategy, Oracle (Endeca), QlikTech, Tableau Software, TIBCO Software, and Yellowfin.

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Agility speaks to the acceleration of decision-making cycles and the need to put the right data and tools in the hands of business users.

Gleanster today announced the publication of a new Gleansight benchmark report, on Agile Business Intelligence (BI). Drawing from the experiences of 367 companies, this 38-page report offers a comprehensive look at how Top Performers are using Agile BI to enable continuous, on-demand reporting, empower non-IT professionals with data access and drive faster, smarter business decisions.

Today, businesses of all sizes are turning to self-service BI tools, particularly those that incorporate visualization and other advanced user interface techniques. They are also leveraging more flexible database infrastructures. This is partly a response to stretched IT staffs that cannot keep up with the constant demand for new reports and analysis.

For their part, business users want to be able to generate customizable reports on the fly and to be able to do so largely on their own, without having to continually involve the IT organization. For major corporations, Agile BI tools can supplement their core BI initiatives, providing a friendlier front end that builds on existing investments. For smaller organizations, these tools may be the only ones they need.

This Gleansight benchmark report examines how Top Performers are utilizing Agile BI to lower the barriers to better use of data. It looks at the technologies, organizational resources and performance metrics they have implemented and how they are achieving success in wiping away at least some of the challenges associated with effective business intelligence.

“Agility is a great word to use in the context of BI when you’re trying to create an alternative to the traditional, full-scale approach to data analysis,” says Jeff Zabin, Gleanster’s research director and co-author of the report. “It speaks to the acceleration of decision-making cycles and the need to put the right data and tools in the hands of business users.”

The benchmark report, which is currently available for free download, consists of seven sections: Topic Overview, Reasons to Implement, Value Drivers, Challenges, Performance Metrics, Success Stories and the Vendor Landscape. The latter section includes descriptions and analyst commentaries for 36 related solution providers. It also includes comparative rankings across four key dimensions of evaluation: Ease of Deployment, Ease of Use, Features and Functionality, and Overall Value.

As with all Gleanster research, vendor rankings are determined by the experiences of industry practitioners and not by analyst assessment or opinion. Solution providers receiving the highest scores across all four dimensions are: arcplan, InetSoft, Information Builders, Jaspersoft, LogiXML, MicroStrategy, Oracle (Endeca), QlikTech, Tableau Software, TIBCO Software, and Yellowfin.

Other solution providers featured in the report include: 5000Fish, Actuate, ADVIZOR Solutions, Altosoft, BIME, Birst, BOARD International, Connotate, Dimensional Insight, DOMO, Deloitte Business Analytics, Entrinsik, GoodData, JackBe, Jedox, Kalido, Panorama, Pentaho, PivotLink, Prelytis, Quiterian, SiSense, SpagoBI, Sybase, TARGIT, TIBCO Software and Vitria.

On a related note, Gleanster today also announced the launch of Vendor and Solution Showcases for the Business Intelligence topic area. These showcases provide free access to hundreds of vendor-submitted white papers, success stories, videos, presentations, solution sheets and more.

About Gleanster
Gleanster benchmarks best practices in technology-enabled business initiatives, delivering actionable insights that allow companies to make smart business decisions and match their needs with vendor solutions. As the first market research firm to "go open," we also aggregate thought leadership in the form of white papers, case studies and research reports from third-party sources, including solution providers — who, for their part, can create and maintain their own Vendor and Solution Showcases on Gleanster to help further educate the marketplace.

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