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16 Nov, 2012 - Lachlan James


The Business Applications Research Center’s (BARC) The BI Survey is the globe’s largest annual worldwide, and vendor-independent, study of Business Intelligence (BI) software users.

The BI Survey 12 is the 2012 edition, and eleventh iteration, of the study. The BI Survey 12 was based on data derived from almost 3000 survey respondents. The survey offers insight into how and why organizations utilize BI technologies, and offers direct – apples-for-apples – comparisons between the BI market’s premier BI products across important functional, performance and support criteria.


Yellowfin: A Dashboard and SME vendor of choice

Yellowfin was identified as a standout performer in the study’s “Dashboard vendor” and “Small to Medium Projects vendor” Peer Groups across key product and customer satisfaction KPIs.

“Survey outcomes show that Yellowfin is a highly agile and intuitive BI solution, which enables customers to achieve expected business benefits and reach BI project goals in relatively short timeframes. Yellowfin’s pervasive BI features make it easy to use and deploy, facilitating swift business user independence, and resulting in remarkably high penetration rates throughout its client organizations. Yellowfin also performs very well in growingly important feature – function areas, such as cloud and Mobile BI, making it a highly innovative and recommended product.”

- Head of Market Research at BARC, Melanie Mack


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Performance

Yellowfin was ranked first for 13 criteria within the Dashboard vendor Peer Group, which contained eight vendors beside Yellowfin. Other vendors in this group comprised: Arcplan, BOARD, Decisyon, Dimensional Insight, Information Builders, MicroStrategy, Oracle OBIEE and QlikTech.

Yellowfin was ranked first in eight criteria within the Small to Medium (SME) Projects vendor Peer Group, which contained 18 vendors. Other vendors in this group comprised: Bissantz, BOARD, Cognos TM1 (IBM), Cubeware, Cyberscience, Decisyon, Dimensional Insight, Evidanza, Infor, Jedox, Microsoft SSAS, Microsoft SSRS, Pentaho, Phocas, QlikTech, Tableau and TARGIT.

“Yellowfin’s commanding performance in BARC’s The BI Survey 12 – the world’s largest and must revered annual study of global BI software users – clearly demonstrates our inspired approach to BI. This unrivaled result proves the ability of our product to exceed peer performance in critical product and service metrics, and deliver the breadth of world-class features that modern BI users demand, while surpassing their expectations.”

- Yellowfin CEO, Glen Rabie


Dashboard vendor rankings

Yellowfin was ranked as top Dashboard vendor in:
  • Business benefits achieved
  • Business achievement
  • Proportion of employees index (the highest number of employees using its BI solution as a proportion of total employees – 44%)
  • Variety of data types
  • Competitiveness
  • User recommendation
  • Cloud BI
  • Mobile BI
  • Innovation
  • Vendor support
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Project length
  • Agility
Yellowfin was also identified as a leading Dashboard vendor in:
  • Goal achievement
  • Competitive win rate
  • Strategic selection
  • Collaboration
  • Visual analysis
  • Performance satisfaction
  • User satisfaction

SME Project vendor rankings

Yellowfin was ranked as top SME Project vendor in:
  • Business benefits achieved
  • Business achievement
  • Proportion of employees index (the highest number of employees using its BI solution as a proportion of total employees – 44%)
  • Strategic selection
  • User recommendation
  • Mobile BI
  • Cloud BI
  • Innovation
Yellowfin was also identified as a leading SME Project vendor in:
  • Goal achievement
  • Data volume
  • Variety of data types
  • Big data
  • Competitive win rate
  • Competitiveness
  • Visual analysis
  • Performance satisfaction
  • Vendor support
  • Satisfaction
  • Project length
  • Agility

Ranking and criteria (KPIs)

The BI Survey 12 includes eleven aggregated KPIs, which can be absorbed at a glance. They are published in ‘The BI Survey Analyzer’. It also includes a set of 22 normalized KPIs, which are referred to as ‘root’ KPIs, for each of the 27 products. The ‘aggregated’ KPIs are aggregations of these root KPIs.

This year, sets of KPIs have been calculated for each of the eleven Peer Groups. The values are normalized on the Peer Groups. Peer Groups are used to ensure similar products are compared against each other both in fairness to the vendor and for the benefit of the customer. The groups are essential to allow fair and useful comparisons of products that are likely to compete.

For further details about KPIs used in BARC’s The BI Survey 12, see the summary document outlining the definitions and calculation methods, HERE >

The goal of this document is to help the reader spot winners and losers in The BI Survey 12, using well-designed dashboards packed with concise information.


About BARC

Business Application Research Center — BARC — is a leading independent software industry analyst delivering information to more than 1000 customers each year.

For over ten years, BARC has specialized in core research areas including Data Management (DM), Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM).

In April 2011, BARC merged with Le Centre d’expertise des Progiciels (CXP), France’s largest business software analyst to form one group of companies. With more than 80 employees (40 analysts) and around 2000 operating companies as customers, the merger creates Europe’s largest enterprise software analyst firm with offices in Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

CXP complements BARC’s expertise in software markets for BI, DM and ECM with its extensive knowledge of technology for IT Service Management, HR, ERP and CRM.


About The BI Survey 12

Now in its eleventh year of publication, The BI Survey is an annual report based on the world’s largest vendor-independent survey of Business Intelligence (BI) and Performance Management users. The BI Survey 12 attracted nearly 3000 responses.

The BI Survey 12 uncovers the truth about why real-world organizations select BI products, how they use them, and with what success. It also compares the leading products on the market across a number of headline 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 BARC’s BI analyst team.

The BI Survey 12 enables the comparison of leading BI products across multiple criteria, in order to establish which tools are the best fit for particular organizations and industries. It also reveals the best practices that lead to the most successful BI projects, saving time and money in research hours and consulting fees.

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