The BI Survey 7: arcplan Scores Top Marks as Front-End in SAP and Applix Environments

  • New edition of respected independent global survey confirms arcplan is top BI third-party front-end for SAP BW and Applix TM1
  • Clients’ achievement of business goals: arcplan secures top spot
  • arcplan also commended for number of data sources accessed

Langenfeld, Germany. February 14, 2008 – The 2008 edition of The BI Survey (previously known as The OLAP Survey) once again recognizes arcplan for its success in delivering impactful business performance management solutions to clients with heterogeneous environments, and especially clients with SAP, Oracle/ Hyperion and Applix back-ends. arcplan was also commended for its consistency in delivering successful solutions and ranked #1 among the 30+ products included in the study in terms of clients meeting their project objectives.

Access to More Data Sources than Any Other Front-End
The BI Survey 7 (, published by the Business Application Research Center (BARC), is undoubtedly the most comprehensive independent research study conducted in the Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance market. It confirms arcplan’s position as the most widely-used third party business intelligence (BI) front end in SAP BW,SAP BI environments. and Applix TM1 OLAP servers; second for Hyperion’s Essbase, and fifth for Microsoft Analysis Services (AS). It also noted the “unusually wide variety” of data sources that arcplan customers can – and do – access. Figure 192 from the study, provided below, shows them to include relational databases, Microsoft AS, Essbase, SAP R/3, and SAP BW and BI, IBM OLAP Acceleration, Hyperion Enterprise and FM, and Infor/MIS Alea. The study found that arcplan users access a greater number of data sources than users of any other BI client tool (see Figure 198 below). This underscores arcplan’s innovative approach to enterprise performance management-driven analytics, which quickly and easily puts knowledge gleaned from any data source at the user’s fingertips.

arcplan Front End Delivers Capabilities Required for Enterprise Performance Management Missing from Other BI Tools
“Our top ranking in the BI Survey is a resounding endorsement of our strategy for delivering significant added value to users of SAP and many other BI systems in their enterprise performance management efforts,” noted Guenter H. Krauss, CEO of arcplan. “For many years arcplan has been the first third-party front-end to be officially certified by SAP. As a result we have been closely aligned to SAP customers for a long time now so we understand their business needs. They, like others, need a performance management application front end that unifies all of their data sources so that executives to line managers can see a complete picture of organizational performance and drill down into more information as desired.”

Clients’ Achievement of Business Goals: arcplan Ranked First
When respondents were asked to consider the degree to which their implementations had met the project objectives, arcplan took first place, with their clients reporting the greatest success with their implementations. (See Figure 58 from the study, below.) This is in sharp contrast to industry-accepted statistics that report that more than 33 percent of all IT projects fail. arcplan’s clients are exceptionally successful. An additional honor for arcplan was in the BI Survey’s Business Benefits Index (BBI). In order to calculate the BBI, respondents were asked to rank solutions based on nine specific business benefits such as cost savings, efficiency and other improvements. In the Business Benefits Index, arcplan is ranked fourth overall.

About BARC - Business Application Research Center
The Business Application Research Center (BARC) was founded in 1994 as a spin-off from the University of Würzburg’s Chair for Information Science. BARC’s mission is to bring transparency into the software market and provide truly unbiased support for organizations in search of suitable IT solutions

The institute offers neutral and substantiated surveys and market analyses in the field of software for Business Intelligence, Document Management, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management and Project Management. BARC organizes conferences and seminars where leading vendors present their products, and where new trends in the software market are discussed.

BARC employees have been researching software markets for more than 12 years, and have helped more than 2000 customers find the right tools and IT strategies for their business needs.

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About arcplan

arcplan is an established independent business intelligence solution provider delivering timely, contextual and actionable information that empowers businesses to improve business perfor-mance while leveraging existing infrastructure. Since 1993, arcplan has enabled more than 2,800 customers worldwide to achieve organizational efficiency through the powerful combina-tion of information and analysis proving beneficial to the bottom line. Get more information at

arcplan’s flagship product arcplan Enterprise® was rated the #1 3rd party tool for SAP BW, Essbase, and TM1 in The BI Survey 9 (2010).

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