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18Jun/130

Vote Now – The BI Survey 13

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BI-survey13The BI Survey 13, the world’s largest survey of business intelligence users is now open through the end of June!

The survey is run by BARC, the Business Application Research Center, a leading independent software industry analyst specializing in Data Management and Business Intelligence.

The BI Survey 13 is strictly vendor-independent: BARC does not accept vendor sponsorship of the survey, and the results are analyzed and published without any vendor involvement.

You will be able to answer questions on your usage of a BI product from any vendor. Note that your rating will only be relevant for arcplan if you declare arcplan as your preferred product. Your answers will be used anonymously and your personal details will never be passed on to vendors or other third parties.

As a participant, you will:

  • Receive a summary of the results from the full survey
  • Be entered into a draw to win one of ten $50 Amazon.com vouchers
  • Ensure that your experiences are included in the final analyses

Click here to complete the survey online.

It should only take about 20 minutes to respond to the questionnaire. Thank you for your participation!

6Apr/120

arcplan’s Upcoming Appearances – BARC, Teradata Universe, Collaborate 12, FEI & KScope12

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Planning your Spring & Summer trade show schedule? If you’ll be at any of the following events, we’d love to meet up to discuss your business intelligence initiatives for 2012 and beyond. Leave us a comment or email us to plan a time to meet!

BARC Users’ Conference
Würzburg, Germany – April 17-18
Topic: Business Intelligence with SAP
arcplan, the #1 front-end for SAP, is an exhibitor.

Teradata Universe Conference
Dublin, Ireland – April 22-25
Theme: Do More With Your Data
arcplan will be an exhibitor. We’ll show off our support for the Teradata OLAP Connector. Talk to us about building planning applications on top of Teradata!

BARC Business Intelligence Conference
Vienna, Austria – April 24-25
Topic: Reporting & Planning Software
arcplan is a sponsor and exhibitor.

Collaborate 12: Oracle User Group Conference
Las Vegas, NV – April 22-26
arcplan will be in booth #1558. Our SVP Dwight deVera will be presenting 2 sessions: Calculating ROI for BI Projects (Session 585, Tuesday @ 4:30pm) and How to Leverage Oracle OLAP for Mobile BI (Session 547, Thursday @ 8:30am).

Financial Executives International Leadership Summit
Orlando, FL – May 20-22
arcplan will be in booth #123 showing off our budgeting & planning solution, arcplan Edge, and our financial reporting solution, the Executive Briefing Book.

KScope12: Oracle Developer Tools User Group Conference
San Antonio, TX – June 24-28
arcplan will be exhibiting and our SVP Dwight deVera will present Calculating ROI for BI Projects (Session 15, Thursday @ 8:30am).

13Oct/110

Mobile BI’s Hype vs. True Adoption Rates

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Is mobile BI more than just hype? We think so.There’s no denying the hype around mobile BI. But how much of this talk is actually put into action? According to The BI Survey 10, the world’s largest independent survey of BI users published this week by the Business Application Research Center (BARC), only 8% of companies using BI software access reports on mobile devices! That’s a surprisingly low number considering how much BI vendors (including arcplan) have been promoting it as the next big thing, how many analyst reports and surveys have been devoted to it, and, of course, how many companies seem to be clamoring for it. Let’s consider the factors that contribute to this low adoption rate and evaluate whether there’s any redemption for mobile BI adoption in the future.

It should come as no surprise that the heaviest consumers of BI are the folks behind the desk. In a recent post on mobile BI, we called out these users specifically to include account managers, research analysts and finance managers – the “first to arrive and last to leave” crowd. Because their work is best accomplished behind a desk, there’s less likelihood that they’ll need to rely on a smartphone or tablet PC for reporting or analysis. So this huge subset of BI users can’t be relied upon to be the first adopters.

Who else isn’t adopting mobile BI right now? Apparently the executive set. A major reason for low adoption rates, according to BARC, is that the prime candidates for mobile BI usage – namely executives and high-level managers – are too busy to even run reports and would actually prefer to be fed information by someone else. In other words, they’d rather trust someone else to quickly tell them what they need to know.

Even with these two major factors, 8% still seems like quite a low adoption rate, so what else could be going on here?

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18Apr/110

The BI Survey 10 – Your Opinion Counts!

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We know that many of our readers are BI users, so we’re asking for your help in disseminating the annual ‘The BI Survey 10: The Customer Verdict’, the world’s largest survey of business intelligence and performance management users. If you have 20 minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your participation.

This annual survey obtains input from a large number of organizations in order to better understand their buying decisions, the implementation cycle and the business benefits achieved.

Both business and technical users, as well as vendors and consultants, are welcome to participate. If you are answering as a consultant, please answer the questions (including the demographic questions) from your client’s perspective; the survey will ask you separately about your own firm.

The BI Survey has always adopted a vendor-independent stance. While arcplan only assists by inviting users to participate in the survey, BARC,- the publisher – does not accept vendor sponsorship of the survey, and the results are analyzed and published without any vendor involvement.

You will be able to answer questions on your usage of a BI product from any vendor. Your answers will be used anonymously and your personal details will never be passed on to vendors or other third parties.

As a participant, you will:

  1. Receive a summary of the results from the full survey.
  2. Be entered into a draw to win one of ten $50 Amazon.com vouchers.
  3. Ensure that your experiences are included in the final analyses.

Click here to complete the survey online.

Thank you for your participation!

* BARC (Business Application Research Center) is a leading independent software industry analyst specializing in Data Management and Business Intelligence. For more information on BARC, click here.

28Sep/100

Are you tracking the business benefits of your BI solution?

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In our experience, not enough Business Intelligence providers ask their customers about the benefits their software delivers. As long as the number of support cases is low to zero and the software provider doesn’t need a customer reference, they probably won’t ask you about the advantages you derive from employing their BI software. “No feedback, no problems” seems to be the motto. We believe this approach is flat-out wrong and counter-intuitive to everything Business Intelligence is about.

Too often software providers and their customers only concentrate on the technical aspects of a BI solution or analytical application. How do you access this data source? Can we adjust these objects to an Excel grid? What about the integration in MS Office? There is no doubt that answering these questions is important, but to stop there might be fatal to the success of your BI initiative.

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