Analyst Reports

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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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 organisations continuing to invest in digital business initiatives as well as organisations seeking to cut costs and optimise business operations.

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

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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 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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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools 2016

As Gartner says in its latest Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, “Applications are no longer permitted to be silos first and integrated second.”

What technologies will you use to bring it all together?

We believe Information Builders is a great choice. Once again we're positioned as a visionary in this year’s quadrant, based on our strengths in data integration and customer service. Fill out the form below to get the whole scoop: strengths and weaknesses, market trends, and more.

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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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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

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. We at Information Builders offer not only data discovery but a broad range of self-service capabilities for a wide range of users - inside and outside the corporate firewall.

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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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Information Builders Earns Top Spot in Category in 2015 Dresner Advisory Services Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study

The Wisdom of Crowds® BI 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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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

Download your copy of “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q1 2015” and see why Information Builders was recognized as a top BI vendor. The report identifies the top 11 most significant software providers and details how well they meet Forrester’s evaluation criteria. WebFOCUS continues to be a preferred choice for enterprises where high-end scalability (relying on more than 30 years of Information Builders' experience with large data sets) and a broad set of integrated BI components are among the top requirements.

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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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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 Council (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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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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Gartner Newsletter (includes Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics Platforms 2014)

The new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, 2014 has ranked Information Builders as a Leader 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. You can access this report, as well as many other useful resources, in this newsletter.

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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.

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The BARC BI Survey 13

Information Builders Bests Competition in Performance, Support, and Business Achievement

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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 explains some common myths about MDM, and provides some guidance about making better choices when deciding to pursue a master data management strategy.

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Busting 7 Myths About Data Quality Management

This paper highlights some common myths about data quality management, and guides the reader in developing a data quality management strategy.

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