arcplan Announces Award for the Best Business Intelligence Application

BI innovator arcplan calls for entries for the first arc|ademy Business Intelligence Challenge

A total of 15,000 euros in prize money await the winners

Langenfeld, Germany September 14, 2011 – Calling all students! arcplan, a leading provider of innovative business intelligence (BI) and planning software solutions, has announced the start of the arc|ademy BI Challenge 2012. arcplan’s student relations arm, arc|ademy, is holding this competition for the first time to recognize the achievements of computing and economics students who are using the BI platform arcplan Enterprise 7 for web-based or mobile analysis projects as part of their studies.

Examples of features that will be assessed are management cockpits, web-based analysis and reporting applications, mobile BI solutions, and Balanced Scorecards. A respected jury of experts anticipates inventive arcplan Enterprise 7 BI and planning prototypes or concepts that address problems facing businesses today. The solutions submitted must be projects for study or practical purpose that are developed between January 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

BI Challenge 2012 Prize Categories

Five thousand euros in prize money await each winner from three categories: “Innovation,” “Fast Movers,” and “Business Excellence.” In the first category, the winning application will be particularly innovative in its visualization, methodology, or technical approach. Fast Movers are applications that have been deployed in an extraordinarily short span of time or can be deployed particularly quickly. Finally, the Business Excellence category is for applications that aim to improve the quality of business decisions.

Submission Details

Students wishing to apply (as individuals or as teams of up to six people) for the arc|ademy BI Challenge 2012 can submit their applications as presentations – in PowerPoint or PDF format – or as arcplan documents together with the databases. These documents should not contain any confidential information and the overall size of the application should not exceed 10Mb. When submitting only a presentation, temporary access to a live test system should be provided.

All submissions must include relevant screenshots with appropriate descriptions (up to 50 words per screenshot). Students are expected to explain the method and purpose of the application in a brief description (maximum 500 words). Furthermore, challenge entrants must provide the names and contact information for all individuals involved in the project, as well as proof of their university registration at a German, Austrian, or Swiss college or university as of September 15, 2011. Details on the relevance of the application to studies are also desired.

To begin, arcplan Enterprise 7 can be downloaded as a free 30-day trial version at; arcplan will also provide test licenses or extensions upon request. Interested individuals can obtain further information by emailing The submission deadline for the arc|ademy BI Challenge 2012 is February 29, 2012. After that date, jury members, including Dr. Wolfgang Martin, one Europe's leading analysts, Wolf Müller Scholz, publisher of Business Intelligence magazine, and representatives from Carl Zeiss, Daimler, Dachser, and Merck will begin choosing the best solutions in each category.  

“Information critical to decision-making is becoming more important all the time. The managers of tomorrow need to know how to implement flexible and cost-effective business intelligence in practice,” explained Achim Röhe, arcplan VP, Professional Services. “Our arc|ademy BI Challenge offers students an excellent opportunity to test BI themselves before they embark on their professional careers. We look forward to receiving many creative and innovative applications.”

About arcplan

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