The 3 Major Players in Business Intelligence Software

The 3 Major Players in Business Intelligence Software

Part of our ongoing coverage of the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics software market involves covering the various solution providers that make up the sector. Today’s analytics vendors come in many different forms, shapes and sizes, and it’s common for the eye to focus on the shiny new toy; those providers who something never-before-seen or innovate. While those trends are certainly worth keeping tabs on, we recognize that reporting on the BI-behemoths may be even more crucial given the ease with which they are recognized, and the trust they have earned among organizations who have used their tools for many years.

The 3 following Business Intelligence software makers have recently been named leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, and while each company’s market share differs, these tools shape the foundation of the enterprise software market, with emerging providers only hoping to replicate the kind of success that these software giants have earned over a period of time. In a market undergoing a revolution to transform the way analytics are used in the enterprise, these providers stand out as rock-solid cornerstones that offer tools for a wide variety of use cases, making them the most trustworthy of the bunch.


Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Tableau offers a series of interactive data visualization products within the business intelligence spectrum. Their solution caters to individual industries to help be as specific as needed, and provides optimized direct connections for high-performance databases, cubes, Hadoop, and cloud data sources (i.e. Salesforce and Google Analytics). Their dashboard software is one of its strengths and provides the ability to combine multiple data sources.


Qlik, previously known as QlikTech, was founded in Sweden, but has since relocated its headquarters to Pennsylvania. Their BI solution helps to turn your data into insights across your business. It can also be tailored to your business’s function and industry (i.e. public sector, life sciences, communications, high tech, etc.) for simplified customization. As it does not require a data warehouse, you can incorporate all of your data into their indexed data engine, or use your existing investments.


Power BI, Microsoft’s solution, transforms your data into visualizations to assist with organization and business focus. They provide customizable dashboards and reporting software, as well as drag-and-drop gestures. Their solution provides Excel spreadsheets, on-premise data sources, Hadoop data sets, streaming data, and cloud services to assist with analyses. You can connect your enterprise data from multiple sources, shape that data, and create reports to send out to your team.

For an in-depth look at more of the top Business Intelligence and Data Analytics solutions for the enterprise, consult our online vendor directory.


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