Business Intelligence Software
By: Matthew Caton and David Crolene
Business Intelligence software comes in all shapes and sizes. Some tools promise industry specific solutions with a relatively narrow set of functionality, while others provide a greater breadth of capabilities that can be tailored to the needs of more sophisticated BI organizations. It is this latter class of business intelligence software – the enterprise class – that is not always easy to install and configure. Tools like IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy, SAP Business Objects, Tableau and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) are representative of this class and consistently appear in the upper right-hand corner of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant as best in breed.