Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft are the four large BI vendors, they cover almost every component that is required in setting up a Business Intelligence infrastructure. The below table lists these vendors in terms of what is offered by each of them against different BI solution component.

The missing and the lesser stronger solution components are the ones which are to be improved upon by the vendors.

Solution Stack / Product Vendor Oracle SAP Microsoft IBM
Transaction Apps/ERP Oracle Fusion-EBS-PeopleSoft and many others SAP ECC MS Dynamics
Transaction Database Oracle Sybase SQL Server DB2/Informix
DW/Appliance Database Oracle Exadata Sybase IQ SQL Server Parallel DW Netezza
Data Integration Oracle Data Integrator
Oracle Warehouse Builder
Business Objects
Data Services
SQL Server
Integration Services
InfoSphere DataStage
Metadata Management Business Objects
Metadata Management
SharePoint
Enterprise Metadata Management
Infosphere
Metadata Workbench
Master Data Management Oracle  MDM SAP MDM Master Data Services Infosphere MDM
Data Quality Management Oracle Data Quality Business Objects
Data Quality Management
SQL Server Data Quality Services Infosphere QualityStage
Enterprise Reporting BI Publisher Crystal SQL Server Reporting Services
Analytical Dashboards Oracle BI Business Objects ProClarity/SharePoint Cognos
Multidimensional Analysis Essbase SAP BW Cubes SQL Server Analysis Services Cognos/TM1
In Memory Analytics/Platform TimesTen In-Memory/HANA PowerPivot solidDB/TM1
Mobile BI Oracle Business Indicators Business Objects Mobile Cognos Mobile
Predictive and Data Mining Oracle Data Mining SQL Server Data Mining SPSS/Intelligent Miner
Performance Management Hyperion Planning
Hyperion Financial Management
SAP BPC Cognos Planning and Controller
Analytic Application Packages Oracle BI Analytic Applications SAP BW/ SAP BO Cognos Analytic Application
Hardware Sun IBM
Potential stack to be added/improved Predictive Platforms
Mobile BI
Predictive Platforms
Mobile BI
Hardware
Predictive Platforms
Mobile BI
Analytic Apps
Hardware
Mobile BI
Analytic Apps
Enterprise Reporting
Transaction Apps

Thanks for reading, let me know your observations.

Posted by Muneeswara C Pandian
Comments (1)
July 22nd, 2011

Comments (1)

Chris Tyler - July 25th, 2011

Why would you not include Cognos as IBM's Enterprise Reporting Solution? For around 20 years, Cognos has had Impromptu and then the ReportNet platform which has become Cognos 10 as an Enterprise Reporting solution. Many happy customers use the IBM Cognos platform for providing managed and scheduled reports, bursted reports, pixel perfect reports, financial reports and more. Just because it is a 100% web-based solution and not a "fat client" tool like the others listed, should not eliminate it from being considered an Enterprise Reporting solution. I would reconsider adding that into your table.

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