Spotfire® has been recognized as a “Leader” among 16 vendors in The Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2014 by Boris Evelson with Holger Kisker, Ph.D., Martha Bennett, and Nasry Angel. Spotfire was distinguished in the report, with the highest ranked “Current Offering,” among the field of 16 vendors.
In this post, we’ll examine the business and operational value that Agile BI provides to self-service business users.
Forrester consistently finds a common thread among successful organizations: the ability to manage change. “In the age of the customer, business agility often equals the ability to adopt, react, and succeed in the midst of an unending fountain of customer-driven requirements,” according to Evelson.
The differentiator: Forrester sees agile organizations making decisions differently than other companies by embracing a new, more grass-roots management approach. Employees who are working in the trenches in individual business units are in close touch with customers’ problems, market shifts, and process inefficiencies, notes Forrester.
“These workers are often in the best position to understand challenges and opportunities and to make decisions to improve the business,” says Evelson. “It is only when responses to change come from within, from these highly aware and empowered employees, that enterprises become agile, competitive, and successful.”
In order to succeed, agile enterprises have to gather customer and market intelligence and rapidly utilize that data to make decisions. This means that enterprise knowledge workers “need to be empowered with easy access to agile, flexible, and responsive enterprise business intelligence tools and applications,” notes Evelson.
As Evelson points out, enterprise BI platforms often are not agile. While modern BI platforms are scalable and robust, support a single version of the truth, and minimize operational risk, “these capabilities carry a heavy price tag of complexity, rigidity, and inflexibility,” making them slow to react to ever-changing customer and business requirements.
As Forrester sees it, businesses require Agile BI platforms that offer:
- IT-enabled BI self-service
- BI automation
- Self-provisioning applications and data
- Data integration, mashups, and wrangling
- Effective user interfaces
- Advanced data visualization content and effectiveness
Where Spotfire Stands Out in the Forrester Wave Report
- The highest ranked “Current Offering” from among a field of 16 vendors
- A perfect score in “Clicks-to-Answer”
- An Agile BI “Leader”
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