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IT organizations tend to favor report-based BI solutions from stack vendors like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. But business users are becoming more vocal, demanding, and influential than ever before. They are going out and purchasing BI software on their own – and they’re not buying traditional BI solutions. Business users are choosing what Gartner calls “data discovery platforms”, and they call “Business Discovery platforms.” And, according to Gartner, they’re buying in droves. Gartners judged the available BI solutions through 17 different category prsim, which include the following:

Information delivery:

    • Reporting: Provides the ability to create highly formatted, print-ready and interactive reports, with or without parameters.
    • Dashboards: A style of reporting that graphically depicts performance measures. Includes the ability to publish multi-object, linked reports and parameters with intuitive and interactive displays; dashboards often employ visualization components such as gauges, sliders, checkboxes and maps, and are often used to show the actual value of the measure compared to a goal or target value. Dashboards can represent operational or strategic information.
    • Ad hoc report/query: Enables users to ask their own questions of the data, without relying on IT to create a report. In particular, the tools must have a reusable semantic layer to enable users to navigate available data sources, predefined metrics, hierarchies and so on.
    • Microsoft Office integration: Sometimes, Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) acts as the reporting or analytics client. In these cases, it is vital that the tool provides integration with Microsoft Office, including support for native document and presentation formats, formulas, charts, data "refreshes" and pivot tables. Advanced integration includes cell locking and write-back.
    • Mobile BI: Enables organizations to develop and deliver content to mobile devices in a publishing and/or interactive mode, and takes advantage of mobile devices' native capabilities, such as touchscreen, camera, location awareness and natural-language query.

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