The BI Survey 9: arcplan leads in goal achievement and OLAP system integration categories

  • arcplan creates measurable value for companies in BI projects
  • Survey confirms arcplan once again as leading BI frontend for SAP BW, Oracle Essbase and IBM Cognos TM1

Berwyn, PA and Langenfeld, Germany. Sep. 15, 2010 – The latest edition of the independent "The BI Survey", which collects data from users of 23 BI products worldwide, has confirmed arcplan as a leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions for companies with a heterogeneous systems infrastructure. This is especially true in the SAP, Oracle and IBM environments. The study also ranks arcplan in first place in the Goal Achievement and Business Achievement categories and within the top five in the Business Benefit Index. In addition, the Number of Departments Served category proves that arcplan software is used in more departments across the enterprise than competitor products.

In top spot again for SAP environments

The BI Survey 9 (, published by the Business Application Research Center (BARC), again confirms arcplan as the market’s leading third-party business intelligence frontend provider for SAP BW, Oracle Essbase and IBM Cognos TM1. “In SAP environments we’ve been enormously successful for several years now as a certified third-party BI frontend provider,” said Roland Hoelscher, arcplan’s CTO. “Our scores in The BI Survey 9, which ranks us as number one for the sixth year in a row, are based on statements from multiple customers who rely on arcplan Enterprise every day.” The arcplan BI solution’s speed and flexibility have also impressed Essbase and TM1 customers. “Our software enables customers to access their various data sources directly, helping them get more value from existing systems and investments,” adds Hoelscher. “The result is that analytical solutions can be created rapidly to deliver measurable value to these companies. This is what really sets us apart from the competition.”

Focus on business value

Hoelscher’s statement is supported by other results of the market study, as arcplan is positioned as the undisputed number one in the Goal Achievement and Business Achievement sections. In these categories, users confirm that arcplan solutions deliver tangible value to their companies and help them achieve their business goals. In the Goal Achievement category, all of the evaluated products are assessed with regard to the original project goals and their achievement. The exceptional performance of arcplan Enterprise is demonstrated in the Business Benefits Index (BBI). This can be considered the most important evaluation category in the Survey. It looks at how well the solutions meet specific criteria, such as cost reductions and efficiency. arcplan is again positioned within the top five providers in this section and is ranked above companies like SAP, Oracle, IBM, Microstrategy and Information Builders.

Deployed in all departments

A further finding in the BI Survey highlights the arcplan platform’s flexibility when used in a company’s different functional areas. Aside from arcplan, only one other product is used in as many departments (as shown in the Number of Departments Served category). According to the BI Survey 9, many companies consider that extensive deployment is a key criterion for the selection of an appropriate BI solution. arcplan enables end users in any department and from any industry to achieve the goals relevant to their specific job function.

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 acts, rates and consults independently and impartially – no software vendor is connected to BARC in any way or has to pay fees to be tested in our reports. BARC’s Reports on tools for Business Intelligence, Document Management, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management and Project Management have made it one of the most recognized analyst houses in Central Europe.

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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 performance while leveraging existing infrastructure. Since 1993, arcplan has enabled more than 2,800 customers worldwide to achieve organizational efficiency through the powerful combination 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 SAPBW, Essbase, and TM1 in The BI Survey 9 (2010).

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