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Business intelligence software evaluations: Forrester analyst Boris Evelson shares trends and tips

Boris Evelson, principal analyst with Forrester, outlines best practices for business intelligence software evaluation and BI software trends in this podcast.

Business intelligence (BI) software has evolved far beyond basic query and reporting tools to complex, enterprise platforms, incorporating new functions like performance management and search. At the same time, the BI market has seen rapid growth and consolidation. Notably Oracle bought Hyperion, Business Objects plans to acquire Cartesis, and Microsoft purchased ProClarity and announced Performance Point Server.

This adds up to big challenges for organizations tasked with evaluating, purchasing and implementing business intelligence software. What's really important to consider in business intelligence software evaluations? What are the trends in software features, pricing and licensing? What are the critical questions to ask potential BI vendors? And how can an organization ensure that it invests in the right BI software, in a rapidly consolidating and evolving market?

In this 25-minute podcast, appropriate for both business and technical users, listeners will:

  • Learn the three most important trends in the business intelligence software market and how they could affect purchasing decisions;
  • Get tips for business intelligence software evaluations, learn how to effectively negotiate with vendors and find out trends in pricing and licensing;
  • Find out how recent acquisitions will affect the market -- and learn how to protect business intelligence software investments;
  • Hear advice for implementing business intelligence software and developing a BI roadmap.

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About the expert: Boris Evelson, principal analyst with Forrester Research Inc., has more than 25 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills. Most recently, Boris was a managing partner at Textra, a boutique strategic advisory firm. Boris spent several years as a vice president and a strategic technology advisor at JPMorgan/LabMorgan, advising the bank's large enterprise software clients on enterprise adoption issues and product and marketing strategies. Boris also served as a senior manager of data warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM) practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


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This was last published in May 2007

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