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Introduction...

Now in its seventh year of publication, The BI Survey is an annual report based on the world's largest independent survey of Business Intelligence (BI) and Performance Management (PM) users.

The BI Survey 7 uncovers the truth about why real-world organizations select BI products, what they do with them, and why they eventually abandon them.  It also compares the leading products on the market across a number of key criteria such as performance, scalability and vendor support.

The survey is published independently by BARC and, unlike many other surveys, it is not sponsored by any vendor.  The questions are devised entirely by Nigel Pendse and his team who act 100% free of vendor influence.

Products covered...

With nearly 2000 respondents contributing to The BI Survey 7, our analysis covers a broad range of business intelligence tools. In total, we received multiple responses from users of 38 products. While 28 products generated over 10 responses each, a record 16 BI products registered over 50 responses. This enabled us to provide you with a wealth of detailed and comparative analysis of these market leaders. To view the full breakdown of responses by product, click here.

Questions answered...

The BI Survey 7 answers a myriad of questions about BI product selection and usage. And with such a large sample of responses to our survey, this report truly gives you the market's verdict on which tools deliver the most business benefits and which strategies lead to successful implementations. Click here to see just some of the questions answered by The BI Survey 7.

Contents...

The BI Survey contains 18 chapters and 404 pages packed with 250 charts and graphs alongside a wealth of incisive commentary and analysis from author and world-renowned industry expert, Nigel Pendse.Click on the links for a chapter-by-chapter summary, or for more detail, the full table of contents and a list of the 250 charts and tables featured.

What's inside?...

This is not just another survey. The results are presented in easy-to-read charts and graphs — color-coded so that your eye is quickly drawn to the most interesting parts.

And throughout, Nigel Pendse supplements the figures with his own perceptive commentary and analysis: highlighting surprising findings, identifying trends from previous editions and bringing your attention to the most important factors.

Click on the images below to see for yourself some of the charts included in this year's survey.

Bigger and better than ever...

Every year since the inception of The OLAP Survey, it has increased in size, and each year we learn from the last and make improvements.  This table illustrates the growth of The BI Survey, previously known as The OLAP Survey, in the last 7 years.

Edition:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Growth in
The BI Survey 7

Date published

July 2001

October 2002

November 2003

November 2004

November 2005

November 2006

February 2008

Respondents answering detailed usage questions

589

669

1047

971

2100

1679

1901

+13%

Total pages

143

225

282

325

365

380

420

+11%

Editorial pages

109

192

248

288

323

341

368

+8%

Total words

32,125

52,257

66,374

74,139

81,333

83,950

123,149

+47%

Tables and charts

76

135

175

200

222

235

250

+6%