arcplan Leads Enterprise Vendors in The BI Survey 12

Once again dominating the third-party frontend market, arcplan now takes on #1 spots among enterprise reporting and large project vendors.

Langenfeld, Germany / Berwyn, PA – October 17, 2012 – arcplan has claimed a number of top rankings in The BI Survey 12, the world’s largest independent survey of Business Intelligence software users published by the Business Application Research Center (BARC). This year, feedback from nearly 3,000 users separated the 27 rated BI products into "peer groups" – groups of products that have similar audiences or functions – for easier comparison of products that are likely to compete. arcplan was placed in the Large Enterprise Reporting, Dashboard, and Large Enterprise Project peer groups along with vendors IBM (NYSE: IBM), Information Builders, MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), and SAP (NYSE: SAP). Among these vendors, arcplan came out on top in many categories and also reclaimed its ranking as the leading BI frontend to SAP BW for the 8th year in a row, and Oracle Essbase and IBM Cognos TM1 for the 3rd year in a row. Among the Enterprise Reporting and Large Enterprise Project vendors, arcplan took the top spot for a set of prestigious categories. arcplan's #1 ranks include: 

  • Innovation - This reflects four new technologies − cloud BI, collaboration, mobile BI and visual analysis. According to BARC, arcplan has shown a new strength and focus in past years on developing new products in these areas that customers have started to deploy. 
  • Competitive Win Rate - Even in large enterprise projects where companies often have standardized on larger vendors, arcplan is able to hold its own. According to BARC this is an effect of the product’s functionality and flexibility.
  • Collaboration - The capacity to share content and annotations with other users is crucial today. Collaborative features of BI tools are important in aiding the exchange of information, and arcplan allows this not only in its reporting environment arcplan Enterprise, but also in its planning and budgeting solution arcplan Edge and its search & collaboration solution arcplan Engage.  
  • Customer Satisfaction - For many years arcplan has developed upon a stable core – arcplan Enterprise − and this maturity reflects well in product satisfaction, making arcplan the top product in this category. 

Add to this additional #1 rankings in the Large Enterprise Projects peer group for Business Benefits Achieved, Project Length, and Agility; arcplan has a remarkable position among the BI giants listed in this peer group. 

"As a niche vendor competing against BI giants, arcplan's results are impressive. The company has been able to keep product quality high because, unlike other vendors, it has not had to go through complications of combining products and instead continues to develop around its core, arcplan Enterprise," said Carsten Bange, lead author at BARC. 

"We are particularly proud of our #1 ranking for Innovation this year," explained Roland Hӧlscher, arcplan's CEO. "We’re pleased that our customers − and the BI industry at large − recognize the work we've put into modernizing traditional business intelligence. Over the past few years, we have transformed arcplan into a unified platform for key analytical requirements, from reporting to planning, mobile BI, and collaboration. Our focus has paid off in this year's BI Survey results."

Twenty percent of SAP BW users – up from 13 percent in 2011 – responded that they use arcplan for their reports and analysis, reconfirming arcplan as the leading third-party frontend for the 8th time in a row and demonstrating its popularity over several of SAP's own tools. Again arcplan is ranked as the most essential BI frontend to Oracle Essbase, with 25 percent of Essbase users responding in arcplan's favor and prominent organizations such as Turner Broadcasting, Wegmans, Sodexo, IMAX, Deutsche Telekom, and Southwest Airlines using arcplan to analyze their Essbase data. Lastly, arcplan remains the leading frontend to IBM Cognos TM1 for the 3rd year in a row, besting Cubeware Cockpit and Oracle Hyperion Planning. 

arcplan's Senior VP of Global Marketing, Tiemo Winterkamp commented, "Remaining the leading third-party vendor for multidimensional databases indicates that we continue to deliver solutions that match our customers' needs. This ranking – along with our high Customer Satisfaction score – is a testament to our customer commitment."

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About arcplan
arcplan is a leader in innovative Business Intelligence, Dashboard, Corporate Performance and Planning software solutions for desktop and mobile use.  Since 1993, arcplan has enabled more than 3,000 customers worldwide to leverage their existing infrastructure for better decision making. Empowering all users to connect and collaborate with relevant information is crucial for improving business performance. With arcplan – it simply works.

arcplan's flagship product arcplan Enterprise® was rated the #1 3rd party tool for SAP BW, Oracle Essbase, and IBM Cognos TM1 in The BI Survey 12 (2012).

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