Analyst Reports

BARC BI Survey 17

Information Builders had done it again. The company scored excellent results in this year's BARC BI Survey, which is based on findings from the largest and most comprehensive survey of BI end users. WebFOCUS is top-ranked for Operational BI, while the company also ranks as a leader in important KPIs such as Business Benefits, Project Success, Price-to-Value, and Vendor Support. The WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform has achieved consistently high results in this KPI over the last seven years.

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2017 Dresner Small and Mid-Sized Enterprise Business Intelligence Market Study

In this report, Dresner provides a comprehensive Business Intelligence Buyer’s Guide that rates 18 of the top business intelligence software vendors in 25 different performance areas, organizing them by key platforms: traditional, cloud, and mobile and well as considering how their deployments and views differ from each other and from larger organizations. Information Builders ranks as a Leader in Vendor Credibility and Overall Customer Experience.

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The 2017 BARC Score: Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms

What defines a modern enterprise business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform?

In the latest BARC Score: Enterprise BI and Analytics Platforms report, the noted analyst defines it as one that supports a broad range of use cases and different types of users, one that spans traditional and explorative BI and analytics requirements, and becomes an indispensable backbone of any enterprise wishing to successfully adapt to the digitalization of markets.

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2017 Dresner Wisdom of Crowds: Advanced and Predictive Analytics Market Study Wisdom of Crowds

In its fourth annual Advanced and Predictive Analytics Market Study report, Dresner Advisory Services examines changing user perceptions, plans, and current and future industry capabilities. The report builds on the previous three years' editions to examine changing user perceptions and plans as well as current and future industry capabilities.

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The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, 2017

How do the top enterprise business intelligence (BI) and business analytics platforms compare? In this new report, independent research firm Forrester Research evaluates current BI and analytics offerings from the major BI vendors and makes recommendations based on their overall strengths and weaknesses. Vendors include:

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G2 Crowd Grid for Self-Service Business Intelligence – Summer 2017

The G2 Crowd Grid℠ for Self-Service Business Intelligence Software report provides high-level insights about the self-service business intelligence (BI) platforms market based upon reviews from the customer community. The report analyzes 23 products from a host of vendors and has ranked Information Builders a Leader as a result of customer reviews of the self-service capabilities in our WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools 2017

The latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools report was just released. See the latest vendor recognitions identified by Gartner as the most critical from within the overall range of capabilities expected of data integration tools.

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G2 Crowd Grid for Business Intelligence Platforms – Summer 2017

The G2 Crowd Grid℠ for Business Intelligence Platforms Report provides high-level insights about the business intelligence (BI) platforms market based upon reviews from the customer community. The report analyzes 28 vendors and has ranked Information Builders in the Leaders Quadrant as a result of customer reviews of our WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform. According to G2 Crowd, 92 percent of users gave WebFOCUS 4 or 5 stars, while 91 percent praised our customization features and ability to deliver the unique insights needed.

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2017 Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study

Information Builders ranks as a Leader in the Dresner Advisory Services’ Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study, which examines trends related to BI adoption, implementation, and deployment to provide insight into how organizations invest in and benefit from BI and related technologies. With scores consistently above the entire sample, the company is an overall leader in both Customer Experience and Vendor Credibility models.

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2017 Dresner Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study

Dresner Advisory Services' 6th annual Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study examines end-user deployment trends and attitudes toward the technologies, tools, and solutions that employ one or more cloud deployment models. Cloud business intelligence (BI) – the technologies, tools, and solutions that employ one or more cloud deployment models. Deployments of public cloud BI applications have continued to grow steadily, with organizations citing substantial benefits over traditional on-premises implementations.

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The 2016 BARC Score: Enterprise BI Platforms

The 2016 BARC Score evaluates Enterprise BI Platforms that are able to fulfill a broad set of BI requirements within the enterprise. 

Information Builders is ranked overall as a Market Leader, ahead of vendors such as Tableau, SAS, and Microsoft. WebFOCUS is recognized as a flexible and scalable solution for formatted reporting for large user groups and highly formatted documents, ad hoc reporting, dashboarding, analysis, and creating individual BI applications for operational BI.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2017

The 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms evaluates data visualization and self-service analytical tools, such as our WebFOCUS InfoAssist+ product. These tools are a just subset of the broad set of data and analytical capabilities provided by our WebFOCUS Business intelligence and Analytics platform. 

The report evaluates 24 vendors including, Birst, Domo, Microstrategy, Tableau, and Qlik. To learn more, you can download the report, with our compliments, here.

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2016 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

In the company's fourth Embedded Business Intelligence report, Dresner Advisory Services explores user perceptions and intentions surrounding embedded business intelligence (BI). What's so exciting about this report is that it confirms embedded BI's growing strategic importance (28 percent of respondents consider it critical), and provides use cases that demonstrate the benefits of embedded BI in operational applications. Dresner also names Information Builders among the top vendors in the embedded BI space.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools, 2016

Information Builders has been named a Leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools for the second consecutive year. According to the report, demand for data quality tools is driven both by organizations continuing to invest in digital business initiatives as well as organizations seeking to cut costs and optimize business operations.

17 data quality vendors were considered in this year's Magic Quadrant, including:

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The BARC BI Survey 16

The BI Survey 16 is based on findings from a global survey featuring 3,137 respondents answering a series of detailed questions about their usage of a named product in the BI space. Altogether, the BI Survey compares 37 business intelligence products (or groups of products) in detail including offerings from Tableau, Qlik, Microstrategy, Tibco, Cognos, and SAP BusinessObjects. 

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2016 Dresner Small and Mid-Sized Enterprise Business Intelligence Market Study

In this report, Dresner provides a comprehensive Business Intelligence Buyer’s Guide that rates 24 of the top business intelligence software vendors in 26 different performance areas, organizing them by key platforms: traditional, cloud, and mobile. Information Builders ranks as a Leader in Vendor Credibility and Overall Customer Experience.

Among the vendors highlighted in the report are: Dundas, Sisense, Birst, Logi Analytics, IBM, GoodData, Qlik, Tableau, Yellowfin, and Pentaho.

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2016 Ventana Research's Value Index for Mobile Analytics and Business Intelligence

Ventana Research rated Information Builders as the number one Hot Vendor in the firm's 2016 Value Index for Mobile Analytics and Business Intelligence. According to the report, Information Builders' WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform delivers the highest overall value and best meets buyers' requirements for software that enables and supports mobile analytics and BI. 

Vendors included in the 2016 Ventana Value Index for Mobile Analytics and BI:

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A Reference Architecture for Self-Service Analytics

How can companies strike the right balance between freedom and control in their self-service analytics environments?  In this report, Eckerson Group advocates more intimate collaboration between business users and developers in designing a flexible yet reliable reference architecture that meets the divergent needs of its users without compromising the integrity of the data in the information supply chain.

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2016 Dresner Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study

In its flagship BI Market Study, Dresner rates 28 business intelligence (BI) software vendors based on the experiences of 1,524 survey respondents who were asked about their satisfaction and success with current BI tools and their BI expansion plans for the coming years. The result? Information Builders gets a perfect recommend score and is named a leader in customer experience and vendor credibility.

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Governed Data Discovery: Balancing Flexibility and Standards

This report from Eckerson Group examines the dynamics between top-down and bottom-up business intelligence (BI) and the key role that governed data discovery plays in reconciling the two divergent models. Industry analyst Wayne Eckerson identifies why governed data discovery is critical for organizations that want a modern, accessible BI platform to optimize their use of data and analytics when making decisions.

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Eckerson Group Product Profile: WebFOCUS Business User Edition

Eckerson Group profiles our WebFOCUS Business User Edition and BI Portal offerings in this report, concluding that Information Builders now “balances its strength in operational reporting.” The report shows how WebFOCUS meets the self-service data discovery and personalization needs of a broader range of users and notes three advantages that Business User Edition has over its competitors. Eckerson Group also highlights the WebFOCUS BI Portal and its many customizable components, which further enhance the product's collaboration and information delivery capabilities.

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TDWI Best Practices Report: Operationalizing and Embedding Analytics for Action

Are organizations deriving business value from operationalized analytics? How effective are their solutions? In this Best Practices Report co-sponsored by Information Builders, TDWI surveys BI and data professionals and interviews technical users, business sponsors, and analytics experts to get answers to those questions.

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TDWI Best Practices Report: Visual Analytics for Making Smarter Decisions Faster

Co-sponsored by Information Builders, this report examines organizations' experiences with self-directed visual analytics and progress toward business goals (such as decision management), and recommends best practices. Visual analytics, which includes visual data discovery, is part of a larger trend in BI toward greater self-service data access and analysis from anywhere and at any time on any device. The report also features a case study on how Information Builders helped Helzberg Diamonds to access a constant flow of timely, quality data to improve operations and satisfy customers.

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BARC's BI Survey 15

The BI Survey 15 is based on findings from the world's largest and most comprehensive survey of BI end users. It cited Information Builders' vendor support, implementer support, and operational BI as among the company's chief competitive differentiators. The survey also evaluated the WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform in two peer groups: Large Deployments and Large International Vendors. The company was the top ranked vendor in the latter group for operational BI, seats per admin, as well as vendor and implementer support.

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Dresner Advisory Services’ 2015 Wisdom of Crowds Small and Mid-Sized Enterprise BI Market Study


This detailed report examines business intelligence in small and mid-sized organizations. It considers how their deployments and views differ from each other and from larger organizations. Also included are two new models for examining and understanding the vendor landscape within the SME BI market and a buyer's guide for 22 BI software vendors.

Information Builders was ranked as an Overall Experience Leader and a Credibility Leader in the report. Check it out for a full review of the best options for small and mid-sized organizations.

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Information Builders Ranked #1 Value Leader in 2015 EMA Radar for BI Platforms for Midsized Organizations

This 2015 EMA Radar for Business Intelligence Platforms for Midsized Organizations report focuses on how BI platforms meet the unique needs of the midsized market place and which influences have the most impact on the operation of those smaller businesses. Evaluating nine top BI platform vendors, EMA recognized Information Builders as the Value Leader, offering a mature market solution featuring a full BI and analytics platform, strong integration capabilities, and vital focus on data integration, data quality and data governance.

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Big Data Use Cases 2015: BARC Research Study

Big data is revolutionizing the way companies identify new business models and define their advantages over competitors. But what exactly are companies doing to benefit from big data? Sponsored by Information Builders and other leaders in the industry, this study examines big data use cases as well as the technological, organizational, and business settings in these companies.

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The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms

How do the top enterprise business intelligence (BI) and business analytics platforms compare? Independent research firm, Forrester Research evaluates current BI and analytics offerings from the major BI vendors and makes recommendations based on their overall strengths and weaknesses. Vendors include:

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Healthcare Analytics Performance report by KLAS Research

Healthcare organizations are grappling with data challenges as they deal with both new streams of data and uncertainty caused by integration, accountable care, and security and privacy, among other industry issues. The new report by KLAS Research titled, “Healthcare Analytics Performance: The Data Deluge: Who Delivers Value?” studied vendors’ capabilities in both broad-use BI and focused analytics to meet these challenges, and found that Information Builders is among the leaders for enterprise use across multiple areas of the business and for its innovation in healthcare analytics.

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Nucleus Research’s Analytics Technology Matrix 2014

Nucleus Research’s most recent Analytics Technology Matrix evaluates all vendors’ ability to deliver analytics value based on usability and functionality. Information Builders was positioned as a leader in the report, which evaluated the company’s BI and analytics platform, WebFOCUS. The report found that analytics opportunities related to the Internet of Things and the rise of data discovery are among the trends contributing to the industry’s evolution.

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The Dresner Advisory 2014 Embedded BI Market Study

The strategic importance of embedded business intelligence (BI) has grown signficantly in 2014. Embedded BI ranks ahead of myriad topics, including mobile device support, data mining and advanced algorithms, and software-as-a-service/cloud computing. The Dresner Advisory 2014 Embedded BI Market Study ranks Information Builders as a top-scoring vendor when it comes to embedded BI features/capabilities and embedded architecture.

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The Dresner Small and Mid-Sized Enterprise BI Market Study

A member of the “Large Established Pure-Play” category, Information Builders was ranked best in class in Dresner's Small and Mid-Sized Enterprise BI Market Study for all sales and consulting measures, product scalability, integration with third-party technologies, technical support, and time-to-resolve problems. The study is part of the Wisdom of Crowds® series of research and examines user trends and how deployments and views differ between SMEs and larger organizations.

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WebFOCUS Earns Top Ranking in BARC's The BI Survey 14

An ability to quickly scale. Support for self-service business intelligence (BI). Those are just two of the factors that distinguish our WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform from the competition, according to surveyed users in The BI Survey 14 from the Business Analytics Research Center (BARC). The new report, which surveys more than 3,200 BI end-users, names Information Builders as the top-ranked supplier of operational BI tools and self-service BI environments.

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2014 Dresner Advisory Services Business Intelligence Competency Center Market Study

The Dresner Advisory Services’ Business Intelligence Competency Center Market Study examines the role and effectiveness of the Business Intelligence Competency Center (BICC), a group within an organization charged with defining, delivering, documenting, and promoting best-practice business intelligence (BI) solutions. The study ranked Information Builders best in class for virtually all metrics in its category and gave the company a perfect recommended score.

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Five Steps for Delivering Self-Service Business Intelligence to Everyone

By Wayne Eckerson, Eckerson Group
The problem with self-service business intelligence (BI) is that it's more complex than it appears. There are as many tools as there are types of users, and in many ways, the beauty of self-service BI is in the eye of the beholder. Thus, the key to self-service BI success involves mapping users and their information requirements to the types of tools on the market. Follow the five steps outlined in this new paper from Wayne Eckerson.

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Dresner Advisory Services 2014 Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study

The Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study from Dresner Advisory Services provides the industry's only comprehensive research on business intelligence (BI) usage and trends from the viewpoint of end users. The report covers key usage trends, technology priorities, and vendor rankings, plus year-over-year comparisons – helpful when you want to see how your peers invest in BI and analytics technologies, to understand what trends are on the horizon, and to evaluate the diverse landscape of BI software vendors.

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Nucleus Research's BI and Analytics Technology Value Matrix

This BI Value Matrix evaluates Business Intelligence vendors' ability to deliver value based on usability and functionality. This report for Information Builders covers its WebFOCUS BI platform, which provides end-to-end customizable BI and analytics capabilities for every kind of user.

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Busting 7 Myths About Data Quality Management

This paper highlights some common myths about data quality management, explains why these are myths, and guides the reader to make better choices when deciding to pursue a data quality management strategy. It provides a balanced view of the best practices for data quality management, helps differentiate what you heard, and provides key considerations to planning your approach to data quality improvments.

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