BI in ERP – Gartner’s View

As I wrote in an earlier post Trends in BI for ERP there have been many mergers and acquisitions in this product area in recent years. There investments seem to have now paid off with acquiring companies SAP, Oracle and IBM now firmly entrenched in the Leader’s Quadrant.

When buying an ERP(or CRM) you will need to also buy some BI Products. You can either buy from your main system vendor or you can buy via another supplier. MicroStrategy, SAS and to a lesser extent Microsoft provide tools that integrate well with ERP/CRM systems to provide alternatives. New vendors include Tibco’s Sportfire which provide innovative SaaS tools and pricing models (very cheaply until you have lots or users – I have a friend who raves about it!).

Below is the quadrant image. We think that key areas to consider are reporting and collaboration, including reporting, management dashboards, KPI monitoring and sharing to MS Office or Intranets/SharePoint –  add your BI specific needs to our ERP Checklist.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence- January 11

BI Magic Quadrant

Microsoft Dynamics AX 6 Features

Here is an article on the new features in this well regarded ( by Gartner) solution for the mid-market. Add it as an option in your ERP Checklist.

Key features include:

  • A unique model-driven, layered architecture that accelerates software development, requiring less coding than building from scratch and easing maintenance and upgradability. This allows developers to build high-value functionality quicker and better.
  • Pre-built interoperability with the Microsoft Application Platform, including Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010, and other Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. This allows developers to spend less time on technical integration and compatibility, and increases the breadth of developer resources available to ISVs.
  • A unified ERP solution with pre-built capabilities for five industries and 38 countries, providing a rich foundation that allows ISVs to rapidly expand their solutions to new verticals and geographies.