Analyzing Today’s Analytics

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If one was to perform a web search on the subject of Analytics, one would be presented with a list of SEO optimized vendor and service provider web sites all of whom are wishing to either pitch product or services. It can be all rather confusing about where to be begin.

There are more than 600 product vendors and even more system integrators and consultants vying for your business. Many are startups that are capitalizing on the BigData and IoT hype. And it is a good thing. It keeps the long established vendors on their toes.

The recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence created quite a brouhaha with it’s radical shakeup of the “Leaders and Visionaries” quadrant. The current dots in that quadrant have been reduced to three: QlikTech, Tableau, and Microsoft. Out went Oracle, IBM, SAP, and others. This quadrant is for Mode 2 (See Gartner’s Bimodal approach for IT) or Modern Analytics Platforms. Traditional BI platforms have a separate Magic Quadrant.

‘customers should use the best tools for the job to ensure the needs of the business are met’

At Analytica we advise our customers to sit back and take a look at their business strategy. Do not engage a vendor or service provider until you can unequivocally state what it is your business is seeking to do strategically. We also advise that when evaluating tools that a holistic view be taken and that whilst Gartner may inform it should not be the sole source of guidance. Data is emerging now that businesses have jumped on the Modern BI Platform bandwagon only to find that they do not meet all their needs. We advise customers that a blended approach be taken. That is customers should use the best tools for the job to ensure the needs of the business are met. For example, for everyday reporting mega vendor BI Suites still do the job and they scale. For specialist Data Discovery and Visualization, look at QlikTech, Tableau, and Microsoft.

Customers seeking more information about how to navigate these complex issues are welcome to contact us.