The insight providers.Actuate A leader in enterprise reporting With the dramatic expansion of information technology, and the desire for increased competitiveness in corporations, there has been an increase in the use of computing power to produce unified reports which join different views of the enterprise in one place. , with a product designed to scale to handle the delivery of reports to tens or even hundreds of thousands of users.
Key products: Actuate 8
Applix As a specialist in financial analytics, Applix underpins its forecasting, planning and consolidation/statutory reporting applications with a solid OLAP (OnLine Analytical Processing) Decision support software that allows the user to quickly analyze information that has been summarized into multidimensional views and hierarchies. OLAP tools are used to perform trend analysis on sales and financial information. engine.
Key products: TM1
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ISG Integrated Starter/Generator International in 2000, Attunity has broadened its portfolio to include ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) The functions performed when pulling data out of one database and placing it into another of a different type. ETL is used to migrate data, often from relational databases into decision support systems. tools, legacy adapters and federated Connected and treated as one. See federated database and federated directories. data access.
Key products: Connect; Stream; Federate fed·er·ate
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Business Objects The release of Business Objects XI in January 2005 completed the integration of the company's analysis tools and applications with the BI reporting suite it acquired with its takeover of Crystal Decisions in 2003. As part of XI, the company has tapped the renewed enthusiasm for ETL tools with a new version of its Data Integrator product.
Key products: BusinessObjects XI; Crystal Reports; Web Intelligence
Cognos Cognos characterises much of what it offers as corporate performance management, but that breaks down into specific - and highly popular - tools for reporting, analysis and data integration/ETL as well as applications for core financial management.
Key products: ReportNet; PowerPlay; DecisionStream; Planning; Controller; Finance
Computer Associates CA provides an integrated set of tools for reporting, decision support, data transformation and predictive analytics Predictive analytics encompasses a variety of techniques from statistics and data mining that process current and historical data in order to make “predictions” about future events. , alongside a highly rated portal product and a business process management engine.
Key products: CleverPath
DataMirror DataMirror's tools transform, audit and integrate data from multiple sources, either in real time or batch.
Key products: Transformation Server
Datawatch Best known for enterprise reporting software, Datawatch also offers tools for searching for archived reports, desktop data analysis and data conversion and distribution tools.
Key products: Datawatch ES; Monarch RMS; Data Pump A circuit that transmits pulses in a digital device. It typically refers to the chipset in a modem that generates the bits based on the modem's modulation techniques.
DecisionPoint Software DecisionPoint has homed in on financial performance management with a finance-centric data warehouse, a data movement tool and analysis and reporting tools.
Key products: DecisionPoint FPM FPM - Fast Page Mode Dynamic Random Access Memory
Geac Highly rated by analysts, the GEAC MPC (1) (Mobile PC) A handheld or laptop computer. See handheld computer, laptop computer and Ultra-Mobile PC.
(2) (MultiPath Channel) See multipath. performance management suite offers planning, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation, reporting and strategy management capabilities.
Key products: Geac MPC
Hummingbird Sitting alongside Hummingbird's content management offerings are a set of query, OLAP-based analysis, ETL and web-based query and reporting tools.
Key products: Hummingbird BI; Genio
Hyperion Solutions Hyperion has leveraged its strong heritage in analytical applications for financial management and its 2003 acquisition of BI tools vendor Brio (Brio Technology, Palo Alto, CA, www.brio.com) A software company founded in 1989 and acquired by Hyperion Solutions Corporation in 2003 that specialized in enterprise analysis and reporting programs that run on several platforms. to build a broad and integrated performance management suite covering (on the applications side) modelling, planning budgeting, forecasting, consolidation and reporting and (in BI) query and reporting, analysis and performance metrics.
Key products: Business Performance Management Suite
IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) IBM has consistently focused its BI activities at the data management (rather than tools and applications) layer. Aside from providing one of the core BI platforms in the form of DB2, it has expanded its portfolio with its acquisition of Alphablox, for analytical component building, and Ascential, a major vendor of data integration software.
Key products: DB2 UDB Warehouse Edition; DB2 OLAP Server; WebSphere Information Integrator; Query Management Facility; DB2 Alphablox; Ascential Datastage/Metastage
Informatica A pioneer of data integration software, Informatica offers tools for building data warehouses, migrating data and consolidating and synchronising multiple data sources.
Key products: PowerCenter; PowerExchange
Information Builders With its WebFocus suite for analysis and reporting and the iWay range for data integration, Information Builders has one of the broadest offerings in BI, with users particularly praising the scalability of its reporting and the breadth of its integration capabilities.
Key products: WebFocus; iWay
Jinfonet Software Signalling the trend towards sowing BI into business processes, Jinfonet offers embedded Java-based reporting.
Key products: JReport
Kalido A pioneer of master data management (even before the phrase was coined), Kalido provides an application suite for managing master data and automating the creation and lifecycle management of data warehouses.
Key products: Kalido 8
Microsoft Microsoft will beef up its BI and data warehousing line-up with the late summer release of SQL Server 2005. Alongside a completely rewritten ETL product, Integration Services, are upgraded versions of Analysis Services and Reporting Services, It is also adding BI Development Studio, for building BI applications that work across all its BI offerings, and Server Management Studio, for managing BI data. Separately, the company offers analytic capabilities for its four mid-market business applications.
Key products: Analysis Services; Reporting Services; Data Transformation Services Data Transformation Services, or DTS, is a set of objects and utilities to allow the automation of extract, transform and load operations to or from a database. The objects are DTS packages and their components, and the utilities are called DTS tools.
MicroStrategy The fastest growing of all the major BI vendors, MicroStrategy has executed a strong revival of both its finances and its product line. Version 8 of the eponymous product extends its capabilities as a tightly integrated and highly scalable BI suite, with special appeal to high-end retailers.
Key products: MicroStrategy 8
NCR (NCR Corporation, Dayton, OH, www.ncr.com) A technology company specializing in financial terminal transactions, retail systems and data warehousing. Until the late 1990s, NCR was heavily invested in the hardware side of the industry, known worldwide as a major manufacturer of computers Teradata Teradata leads the market for high-end data warehouse platforms with its parallel query engine for NCR and Windows servers. The company also provides data mining tools.
Key products: Teradata Warehouse
Netezza Netezza has developed a low-cost, high-performance data warehouse appliance Data Warehouse Appliance
A data warehouse (DW) appliance is an integrated set of servers, storage, OS, DBMS and software specifically pre-installed and pre-optimized for data warehousing. based on proprietary hardware and a heavily customised open source database.
Key products: Netezza Performance Server The Netezza Performance Server is a network attached computer appliance currently sold by Netezza.
As an appliance, it includes an embedded copy of Linux, a customized version of the open source PostgreSQL relational database, built-in storage, and an embedded processor
Oracle After several years of weak enthusiasm for BI (other than the use of its database for data warehouses), Oracle is now back with a major refresh of its product line. Business Intelligence 10g, which shipped in March 2005, has enhanced functionality across its reporting, analysis, ETL and application development modules, a consistent user interface and an Excel add-in. Alongside BI 10g, Oracle provides a series of analytical applications for financial, sales and performance analysis.
Key products: Discoverer; Warehouse Builder; Spreadsheet Add-in; BI Beans; Daily BI
OutlookSoft A vendor of Windows-based performance management software, covering planning, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation, analysis, reporting and scorecarding.
Key products: OutlookSoft CPM
ProClarity ProClarity offers a BI platform renowned for its performance and ease-of-use.
Key products: Analytics Platform 6
Sand Technology Sand offers a high-end data warehouse platform for building analytic applications.
Key products: Analytic Server
SAS Institute SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, www.sas.com) A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System. has one of the broadest BI portfolios, encompassing warehousing, reporting and analytical tools and applications.
Key products: Enterprise BI/ETL Servers
SPSS A statistical package from SPSS, Inc., Chicago (www.spss.com) that runs on PCs, most mainframes and minis and is used extensively in marketing research. It provides over 50 statistical processes, including regression analysis, correlation and analysis of variance. SPSS offers predictive analytic applications, data mining and BI tools.
Key products: WebApp; Showcase; Predictive Analytics family; Clementine Clementine
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Sunopsis Sunopsis provides data pooling, cleansing and movement tools for handling both synchronous and asynchronous Refers to events that are not synchronized, or coordinated, in time. The following are considered asynchronous operations. The interval between transmitting A and B is not the same as between B and C. The ability to initiate a transmission at either end. data integration.
Key products: Sunopsis Integration Suite
Temtec Temtec provides analytical reporting tools that front-end OLAP databases such as Essbase from Hyperion and Applix's TM1.
Key products: Executive Viewer
Trillium Software A division of database marketing giant Harte-Hanks, Trillium Software is a leader in data quality management software.
Key products: Trillium Software System; Discovery
White Cross White Cross provides a BI database designed to process vast amounts of granular data at very high speeds. It does so by processing data in parallel across multiple blade servers, offering that either as a packaged product or a hosted service.
Key products: BI Warehouse