Current BARC's Study, The BI Survey 14, arcplan Receives Excellent Ratings

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Current BARC's study, The BI Survey 14, attests to arcplan’s exceptional flexibility for users, user-friendliness and innovative capacity while also being named the best third-party front-end provider for SAP BW for the tenth year in a row. Excellent ratings for mobile BI and business benefits in the “Planning” peer group as well as user satisfaction, collaboration, and innovation in the “Enterprise Reporting” peer group.

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The international BI and planning software provider arcplan, has been placed at the top of numerous categories in the world’s largest independent business intelligence survey, conducted by Business Application Research Centers (BARC). These include First Place in areas such as collaboration, innovation, product and customer satisfaction, as well as, mobile BI and business benefits. In the category of "Enterprise Reporting and Planning" in particular, arcplan is placed far above the solutions provided by its competitors. The BI specialist also has the top position among the third-party BI front-end providers for SAP BW for the tenth consecutive year. With Oracle Essbase and IBM Cognos TM1, arcplan takes the top spot for the fifth consecutive year in a row.

In this year’s study, "The BI Survey 14", around 3,000 participants assessed 34 different BI products, which were allocated to peer groups depending on their functions. In 2014 arcplan is included in the groups which included "Large Enterprise Reporting", "Dashboards", and "Planning". The innovative software manufacturer was rated as the best provider by participants in various categories including:

Excellent Front-End Expertise:

The BI Survey has been carried out for over a decade and arcplan is always one of the most popular front-ends among the OLAP tools. Now arcplan has been named the most frequently used front-end solution from a third-party provider for SAP BW for the tenth time running. The company not only offers seamless access to SAP BW but also to the new in-memory system SAP HANA. arcplan has been certified for SAP HANA since 2014. The solution is also the most popular and favored product among Oracle Essbase users: They favor arcplan when it comes to expanding and adapting their BI and CPM environments. For the fifth year in a row, IBM Cognos TM1 users also prefer third party front-end alternatives from arcplan.

Product and Customer Satisfaction:

For many years arcplan has been a particularly reliable, investment safe BI provider. Users praise its expertise, profound market knowledge and its global partner network. According to BARC, arcplan also requires considerably less administrative effort than most of its competitors. "Users are very impressed by their know-how of customer requirements and the flexible implementation of customized BI applications," states BARC.

Business Benefits:

This question focuses on which objectives and benefits companies aim for in BI projects and which were actually implemented. In the "Planning" comparison group, arcplan is the best provider in terms of "business benefits." BARC analysts emphasize that arcplan provides users with an extremely flexible development environment for individual applications and can be combined with a variety of data sources. Even with large-scale projects, in which companies usually select bigger providers, arcplan managed to make a convincing impression with its multifaceted product functionality.


According to the recent study, arcplan was also convincing in innovation. With arcplan Edge and Engage, arcplan has developed excellent BI tools, which address all important BI requirements such as collaboration and planning. In addition, the solutions are highly flexible and pioneering the way for visualization standards due to the recent Hichert IBCS certification.

Mobile BI:

arcplan also secured the top position for mobile BI in the "Planning" comparison group. BARC experts emphasize the fact that the company always addresses new technologies and customer requirements and is very well prepared for changes in requirements based on user needs. This also includes the increasing mobilization of the workplace. More and more users require device-independent access, which is no problem with arcplan.

Roland Hölscher, CEO of arcplan, commented on the results of the recent BI survey saying, "We are delighted that our software received such excellent results once again in the largest global independent survey about the use of Business Intelligence and Analytics. This shows us that we are on the right track with our solutions and are constantly focused on our current and future customer requirements. The successful integration of existing data sources, the flexible use in combination with fast availability and our innovative offering of support for different devices from desktop PC's to smartphones are strongly embraced by the users. Our DORA concept (Design Once, Run Anywhere) is in the right market at the right time – an efficient and flexible solution for a dramatically growing mobile business environment."

Further information about the BARC report and the results of arcplan can be found here.

About arcplan:

arcplan is a leader in innovative Business Intelligence, Dashboard, Corporate Performance and Planning software solutions for desktop and mobile use. Since 1993, arcplan has enabled more than 3,200 customers worldwide to leverage their existing infrastructure for better decision making. For more than 15 years, arcplan has helped organizations leverage their SAP® investment with robust BI and analytic solutions. Our flagship product arcplan Enterprise® was rated the #1 third party tool for SAP BW (as well Oracle Essbase and IBM Cognos TM1) in The BI Survey 14 (2014).

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