Analyst Reports

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2016
The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms places much greater focus this year on self-service data discovery tools that do not require significant IT involvement. For this Magic Quadrant, Gartner evaluated only our NEW InfoAssist+ product line and not the breadth of the rest of our enterprise platform.
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2015 Dresner Wisdom of Crowds Embedded BI Market Study

Embedded BI ranks behind the most mainstream BI practices (dashboards, end-user self-service, and data warehousing), but ahead of other vital initiatives including mobile, cloud/SaaS, big data, and social media analysis. In rating vendors, this detailed Dresner report considers embedded BI features and capabilities as well as embedded architecture. It focuses on the requirements needed to make BI capabilities pervasive by including them as part of other applications. Information Builders ranked among the top-scoring vendors for its embedded BI products and services.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools, 2015

Information Builders has been named a Leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools. According to the report, digital transformation, regulations, and greater use of information as an asset are fueling rapid growth in this market, alongside traditional cost reduction and process optimization efforts. 

Data quality vendors considered in this year's Magic Quadrant include:

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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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Understanding the Role Data Discovery Plays to Support Business Intelligence Strategy

Getting insights from your data without impact means little to the business. So, how do you get impact? Read this new white paper to learn the 3 ways to support decision making at strategic, analytical and operational levels, and how they can work together to increase organizational efficiencies, enhance on-the-job decision-making, and directly impact profit and loss.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools 2015

Enterprise buyers increasingly see data integration as a strategic requirement, for which they want comprehensive data delivery capabilities, flexible deployment models, and synergies with information and application infrastructures. To help them make the right choice, Gartner assessed 13 vendors and positioned Information Builders as a Visionary based on our ability to execute and completeness of vision. Download the report now.

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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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Dresner Advisory Services 2015 Wisdom of Crowds Business intelligence Market Study

The Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study from Dresner Advisory Services examines trends related to BI adoption, implementation goals, and deployment success to provide a snapshot of how organizations are investing in and benefiting from BI and related technologies. This year's report analyzed 24 vendors across six market segments, including the "Large Established Pure-Play Vendors" category, where Information Builders achieved the highest score for the sixth consecutive year.

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Gartner Newsletter (Includes Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, 2015)

The new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, 2015 has ranked Information Builders as a Leader -- for the 8th year in a row -- based on our ability to execute and completeness of vision. If you are evaluating solutions for self-service BI, data discovery, and analytics, you’ll want to review the criteria in this important document. To learn more, you can access the report in this Gartner newsletter.

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BARC Business Intelligence Score 2015: Enterprise-Wide BI Platform Deployments

This Business Application Research Center (BARC) industry report is the inaugural version of its new vendor evaluation and ranking methodology, named Score. Information Builders was identified as a Trendsetter in the study, which also evaluated 20 other vendors. BI Score found that Information Builders is distinguished by its inherent support for operational BI and our ability to facilitate self-service data discovery for non-technical user groups.

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Ventana Research 2015 Analytics and Business Intelligence Value Index

Ventana Research rated Information Builders as the number one Hot Vendor in the firm's 2015 Value Index for Analytics and Business Intelligence. According to the report, Information Builders provides an exceptional user experience and a complete integrated portfolio of data management, predictive analytics, visual discovery, and operational intelligence capabilities in a single platform. Download the report to learn more on why the company was recognized as the top overall vendor out of 15 BI and analytics providers.

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The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q1 2015

How do the top enterprise business intelligence (BI) 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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Gartner Newsletter (includes Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools 2014)

Information Builders was named a  Visionary in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools. According to the report, digital transformation, regulations and greater use of information as an asset are fueling rapid growth in this market, alongside traditional cost reduction and process optimization efforts. To learn more about how Information Builders' data quality solutions help organizations maximize value of information assets, access the report, as well as many other useful resources, in this Gartner newsletter.

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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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Gartner Newsletter (includes Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools 2014)

The new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, 2014 has ranked Information Builders as a Visionary based on an evaluation of our iWay Integration Suite. The Suite enables organizations to cleanse and unite data from disparate sources – delivering a single, accurate picture that educates and influences positive business decisions. If you are learning about, evaluating, and selecting data integration solutions, you’ll want to review the criteria in this important document. You can access it, as well as many other useful resources, in this newsletter.

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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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Dresner Advisory Services Wisdom of Crowds® Collaborative BI Market Study, 2014 Edition

The third annual Wisdom of Crowds Collaborative Business Intelligence (BI) Market Study analyzes the state of the collaborative BI market via data collected from 882 organizations across a range of industries and geographies. This year's report ranks seventeen vendors based on their complete core and extended collaborative offerings, which included annotation features, collaboration via mobile devices, and the ability to review key processes. Information Builders is recognized as a top vendor in the report.

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Ventana Research’s 2014 Value Index for Mobile Business Intelligence

Ventana Research named Information Builders a Hot Vendor in the firm’s 2014 Value Index for Mobile Business Intelligence. Learn why the company was recognized for its mobile business intelligence solutions, which allow organizations to deploy data-rich, highly interactive InfoApps and see how Information Builders ranks compared to the competition in Mobile BI solutions.

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The BARC BI Survey 13

Download The BI Survey 13, a report conducted by German-based Business Application Research Center (BARC) that shows Information Builders ranked highest in numerous categories by surveyed users of business intelligence (BI) software. The BI Survey 13 is the industry’s largest independent survey of BI users, and evaluated our WebFOCUS BI platform in three peer groups – Large International Vendor, Enterprise Reporting, and Dashboard.

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Wisdom of Crowds: Business Intelligence Market Study, 2013

The Dresner Advisory Services Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study analyzed 23 different vendors, and Information Builders was best in class in the "Large Established Pure-Play" category. Information Builders exceeded peer and overall averages across virtually all measures including sales experience, value, product, technical support, and consulting services.

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Busting 7 Myths About Master Data Management

This paper highlights some common misunderstandings or “myths” about master data management (MDM), explains why these are myths, and provides some guidance about making better choices when deciding to pursue a master data strategy. It examines different aspects of MDM and puts these common beliefs into perspective to help readers develop a more thoughtful plan for a successful MDM deployment.

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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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Plus Relocation Reaps $3.4 Million in Benefits With WebFOCUS

Using the WebFOCUS business intelligence (BI) platform, Plus Relocation has improved productivity, reduced costs, attracted new customers, and enhanced its relationships with existing customers, leading to a projected cumulative three-year net benefit of $3.4 million and an ROI of 196 percent.

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ICO Achieves an ROI of 424 Percent Using Information Builders' iWay and WebFOCUS

Using the WebFOCUS business intelligence (BI) platform from Information Builders and integration technology from iWay Software, a division of Information Builders, International Car Operators (ICO) has improved operational efficiency; produced more timely and useful reports; improved communications with customers; reduced costs; increased revenue; and gained nearly 3,000,000 in benefits.

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