Database Trends and Applications recently released its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards winners, a listing of the best solution providers chosen by the publication’s subscribers. What sets this apart from other DBTA awards programs is that actual users have nominated and chosen the winners, not the journal’s researchers – a trend that is becoming increasingly common amongst the major analyst houses. The awards are broken down by technology category and aimed at highlighting the products that “provide unique value.”
DBTA features 28 category specific awards that span a number of solution providers. Given the changing nature of each marketplace that was analyzed, some of the vendors are household names while others are up-and-comers looking to establish themselves in the data and analytics space. We’re profiling each category winner to see if user sentiment lines up with our own research in an attempt to help you select the best BI solution. For an even deeper breakdown of the top tools, consult our Buyer’s Guide for Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Platforms.
The crowd selects: Tableau Server
Tableau Software offers an expansive visual BI and analytics platform, and is widely regarded as one of the major players in the marketplace. The company’s analytic software portfolio is available through three main channels: Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, and Tableau Online. Tableau connects to hundreds of data sources and is available on-prem or in the cloud. The vendor also offers embedded analytics capabilities, and users can visualize and share data with Tableau Public.
Tableau added subscription pricing to its entire line of BI and analytic products last year. According to Gartner, Inc., maturity in the BI marketplace has placed increasing pressure on the Tableau to expand its investment large-scale enterprise deployments. The product features a rich visual user experience, and flexible deployment options on-prem or in the cloud are a big plus. However, many of the promised enterprises capabilities are a work in progress, and software pricing models are complex. Tableau is publicly traded and headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
We encourage you to read the DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards Best BI Solution for the full list of winners.
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