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  1. 1. Overall Performance Business Intelligence (BI) Reporting and Analysis Analytics Data Warehousing Workflow Data Integration Support Product Technology Business Intelligence (BI) Express Software Comparison for IBM Cognos 10 BI by IBM, Hyperion System 9 by Oracle, SAP BusinessObjects Edge Business Intelligence by SAP The graphs below were developed for an express software comparison of IBM Cognos 10 BI by IBM, Hyperion System 9 by Oracle, SAP BusinessObjects Edge Business Intelligence by SAP. They display the standard scores of the vendor solutions, as determined through TEC's default Business Intelligence (BI) Model. The graphs reflect 1764 functional, technical, and business criteria. This comparison is based on average weights and priorities. Express Software Comparison Report
  2. 2. Business Intelligence (BI) Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Reporting and Analysis 398 91.16 98.98 95.28 Includes: Analysis,Dashboards,Enterprise Search,Reporting,Scorecards Analytics 569 87.38 93.73 91.03 Includes: Administration,Core Analytics,Data, Text, and Web Mining,OLAP,Predictive Analytics Data Warehousing 56 94.40 98.50 97.20 Includes: Data Warehouse Functions,Product Support Workflow 125 80.59 95.19 25.87 Includes: Dynamic and Complex Processes,Monitoring and Reporting,Process and Activity Definition,Queue and Work List Definition,Resources and Roles Definition,Rules and Routing Definition,Triggers and Scheduling,Work Definition,Workflow Components Data Integration 273 82.63 90.64 90.10 Includes: EII,ETL Support 67 87.89 83.17 92.51 Includes: Application Fix Response Time,Client Support,Database Support,Portal Support,Problem Resolution,Server Support,Web Service Support Product Technology 276 90.97 96.93 62.84 Includes: Implementation and Training,Synchronization and Replication,Technical Fit Business Intelligence (BI)
  3. 3. Reporting and Analysis Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Reporting 255 90.84 97.62 98.88 Includes: Accessibility,Calculation Capabilities,Data Visualization Tools,Distribution and Archiving,Filters,Formatting,Interactive Beans,Metrics,Reporting Capabilities,SQL Functionality for Report Creation Analysis 55 82.46 97.29 84.98 Includes: Analysis Capabilities,Exploration Tools,Portals Enterprise Search 11 88.18 100.00 97.27 Includes: Accesses data sources to search information across the organization,Auto-filling prompts to maintain context within searching capabilities,Embedded standard search toolbar,Fine-tunes search by narrowing criteria,Fuzzy matching and word stemming,Indexes full content and not just report names and descriptions,Leverages metadata layer within search,Leverages structured and unstructured data,Search capabilities within a report or other document to identify related topics,Searches full BI content,Security to limit user access searches to access only areas Scorecards 59 96.00 100.00 97.50 Includes: Administration,Feedback,Tools to Communicate Objectives,Tools to Design Balance Scorecards Dashboards 18 98.33 100.00 97.78 Includes: Access to multiple enterprise data resources,Built-in pre-defined metrics,Connects to operating systems to perform transactions,Customizable at user level,Drag and drop,Drill down capabilities,Edits metrics,Embedded instant message or chat capabilities,Establishes KPIs or metrics,Exception highlighting is visible on charts and in key performance metrics,Exploits different statistical methods,Indicators and links to reports and shared documents,KPI and alert customization,Provides automated scheduling,Real-time data update capability,System administration configuration capabilities,Updates, edits, and changes look and feel of UI at individual user level,Web-based Reporting and Analysis Reporting and Analysis Reporting and Analysis Module Ratings
  4. 4. Analytics Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Predictive Analytics 72 82.84 94.48 95.50 Includes: Forecasting,Industry Vertical Predictive Analytics,Predictive Data Analytics,Predictive Modeling Techniques Data, Text, and Web Mining 214 67.50 94.99 93.86 Includes: Algorithm and Statistical Tools,Data Mining,Econometrics and Time Series,Statistical Analytics,Text Mining,Web Mining OLAP 50 96.00 93.33 93.33 Includes: Calculations,Data visualization,Interactive data analysis and reporting,Report distribution,Web-specific features Core Analytics 226 90.56 85.84 95.30 Includes: Human resources (HR) Analytics,Operations and inventory analytics,Sales and Marketing Analytics,Web Site Analytics Administration 7 100.00 100.00 77.14 Includes: Administrator can edit, change, and restrict user access to measuresand whole or partial dimensions in the web portal,Automation of cube builds,Centralized security,Event logging and OLAP cube build monitoring capabilities,Real time updates,Scalable platform for storing and analyzing multi/terabyte data sets,Third party data sources Analytics Analytics Analytics Module Ratings Data Warehousing Data Warehousing Module Ratings
  5. 5. Data Warehousing Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Data Warehouse Functions 50 93.80 97.00 94.40 Data Warehousing
  6. 6. Includes: Analytical repository,Automatic and manual control of caching to balance quick response with massive scalability,Automatic synchronization of model and subject area diagrams,Backs-ups and archives reports,Built-in drill-down capability allows detailed examination of data,Built-in graphic capability allows results to be viewed with bar, pie, or line graphs,Captures and supplies Incremental changes from target data sources to the data warehouse automatically,Creates a single logical data model (ERD) from multiple PDMs,Data access methods allow access to and manages different types of data,Data compressing capability,Data consolidation from disparate data sources,Data integration from ERP, CRM, SCM,Data integration from legacy data,Data integration from local data,Data integration from OLAP,Data integration from Web,Data modeling and process modeling are integrated within the same toolset, so they share the same data definitions,Data transfer services enable the transfer of data sets, catalogs, graphics catalogs, entire data libraries, and external files between local and remote systems,Data transformation and cleansing tools,DDE allows the exchange of data with any application supporting it,Displays meta-data in in both technical and business views,Dynamic data access methods to access and manage different types of data,Ensures data consistency and quality techniques,Function libraries enable the business to answer all its analytical questions using a single platform,Generates schemas for data warehouse and data mart DBMSs,HTML generation of project documentation, so the project can be posted on the intranet for review by end users,Integrated development environment,Integrated object- oriented modeling capabilities, including the ability to transform a relational data model into a preliminary object-oriented class model, for designing custom DSS and EIS applications,Interfaces with 4GL products for rapid application development of systems,Interoperability technology for third party components,Multilevel security for restricted data access,OLE enhances the ability to create and update organizational data and applications,Options to overwrite or create multiple objects when creating an ERD from multiple PDMs,Options to update/synchronize data from multiple sources via auatomatic schedulers or on demand,Platform independent architecture integrates with existing infrastructure,Pre-formatted query templates for novice users,Programmable, customizable, and expandable to adapt to specific mission profiles,Real time and batch execution,Remote computing services enable application to work where data resides,Remote library services deliver transparent, cross-platform access to remote data sources,Reports on the transformation and use of data items,Reverse engineering capabilities for multiple DBMSs,Saves commonly used queries for quick retrieval and execution,Scalable, multithreaded, multi-I/O relational storage,Separate physical and logical models,Shared application server,Tailor size of blocks,Traceability features determine the origin of attributes and columns, and multiple usage of data items,VLDB drivers to extract from any relational database,Wizards or templates create and run reports Product Support 6 95.00 100.00 100.00
  7. 7. Data Warehousing Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Includes: Dedicated resources to support inquiries,Five day work week,Nominated working hours,Product support through call center operation on 24x7x365 global availability,Support engineers are deployed at both owned and remote sites,Training available seven days a week Workflow Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Process and Activity Definition 15 87.33 100.00 0.00 Includes: Defines absolute or relative dates when activities or work-items must be completed,Displays decision logic using text, the branch concept, or a decision icon on the process map,Displays the path traveled between activities (color change),Graphically portrays business processes and activities,Processes can be defined or mapped into the system,Processes to have multiple points and end at any end point,Represents complex processes that are comprised of sub-processes and activities,Reuses an activity already defined in the process without having to define it again;,Schedules tasks to start automatically at a specified time,Shares activities and sub-processes between processes,Specifies note (activity) properties at design time,Supplies activity and task names,Suspends or resumes a workflow in process and specifies inactive periods,Terminates a workflow in a process, based on user privileges security,Views overall status and display active node (activity) Resources and Roles Definition 6 90.00 65.83 0.00 Includes: Defines and handles different types of human or computer-based resources and assigns roles to those resources based on variable criteria,Designates participants with various characteristics, as well as defines their profiles and specific attributes,Generic role definition to allow the passage of work-items to a group, individual, or a generic individual type,Integrates existing corporate directory information and profiles, such as DBMS, OS, host services (e.g., X500), or LAN- based services, into the workflow system and defines roles,Reassigns work to an individual using the forward concept (with specified privileges),Users have multiple roles Rules and Routing Definition 7 80.00 100.00 0.00 Workflow Workflow is a commonly used term that describes the automation of internal business operations, tasks, and transactions that simplify and streamline current business processes. Workflow Module Ratings
  8. 8. Workflow Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Includes: Accesses data from external applications or databases from within the workflow process at run-time and uses that data to dynamically feed routing decisions,Defines the business rules and the routing logic in the process through embedded (own scripting language) or external (callable UNIX or C scripts) scripting,Defines the business rules and the routing logic in the process through graphical, drag-and-drop facilities,Defines the logic that governs the process, as well as the business rules and routing logic within the workflow product,Repetition of completed activities and backtracking to specific activities on an as-needed, variable basis, such as the rerouting of work-items to activities which have already been performed in the event of a rework,Routing and business decisions based on a combination of complex user- defined conditions or complex Boolean expressions,Serial, conditional, parallel, and rendezvous (i.e., several distinct roles or activities merging into one at a specific point in the process) routing Work Definition 11 86.36 100.00 5.45 Includes: Assigns activities to participants' roles through graphical, drag-and-drop facilities,Assigns activities to participants' roles through scripting or programming,Configurable workflow based on service type, feature set, and network or account attributes,Configures supervisor, workgroup, and engineer relationships to tasks,Defines and handles complex or compound work-items comprised for comments and annotation (free-form user comment attachments),Defines and handles complex or compound work-items comprised for images (data from imaging tools),Defines and handles complex or compound work-items comprised of business and transactional data,Defines and handles complex or compound work-items comprised of several heterogeneous data elements, which are integrated into the same container or work package, including standard attachments, such as office documents, spreadsheets, and graphs,Defines and handles complex or compound work-items comprised of workflow, process-specific data such as data by process and activity history, task priority, and alerts,Defines the business rules and the routing logic in the process through embedded (own scripting language) or external (callable UNIX or C scripts) scripting,Defines which participant should work on which activities and with what resources, and the different modes available for assigning work Queue and Work List Definition 31 62.90 100.00 0.00 Workflow
  9. 9. Workflow Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Includes: Alternate inbox for a temporary replacement or stand-in work queue,Assigns work by activity or work item and allows users to view outstanding and completed activities or work- items,Defines preset sorts at build-time, such as LIFO sort, alphabetic sort, so users can sort queues at run-time,Defines relationships between queues, activities, and how they correspond to support the different mapping definitions. e.g., one queue for many activities, one-to-one mapping, and custom mapping,Defines the run-time, activity- level, and work-item-level priority of the different instances and cases within the process,Denotes tasks with alarms or deadlines (with some type of indicator, like an alarm clock),Differentiates between new and existing work tasks,External application inbox for computer-based participants or agents work queue,Graphical display representation of the business process,Individual inbox or person-specific work queue,Multiple views of a user's work lists (as a group member and as an individual; users may take items from a group list and place them in an individual list),Participants view assigned work by activities specifically assigned to a participant,Participants view assigned work by suspended work items or activities (views of all activities or work-items whose processing has been suspended),Participants view assigned work in a comparative workload view (a view of the work assigned to the different participants and groups),Participants view their assigned work by workgroup assignment (activities assigned to a group to which the participant belongs),Performs a search for specific data within queues such as specific data values (e.g., look for all work-items relating to customer “Smith”),Performs a search for specific data within queues, such as responsible role (e.g., look for all work-items last handled by customer service),Preserves consistency by allowing one participant to access a task and its work-items at a time,Pushes or assigns work to users and allows users to pull work from their queues,Role inbox functional work queue,Searches for specific data within queues based on priority,Single work queue concept, which combines the in-box and the WIP box activities,Sorts of work in a queue at run-time, based on workflow data fields criteria (order by specific workflow data values),Sorts work in a queue at run-time based on FIFO criteria, in which work-items are assigned (based on activity and work-item age),Sorts work in a queue at run-time based on priority by activity criteria (order by activities’ priorities),Sorts work in a queue at run- time based priority by work items criteria (order by the work-item's priority),Sorts work in a queue at run-time, based on transactional data fields criteria (ordered by the data values of an external application or database),Sorts work lists in any order and saves settings for future sessions,Sorts work queues on variable criteria and customs, user-defined criteria,Static and dynamic associations between queues and activities,Workgroup inbox group work queue Triggers and Scheduling 16 92.50 100.00 98.44
  10. 10. Workflow Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Includes: Activity and work-item status (exceptions, processing status),Alert logging and maintenance keeps an audit trail of the alerts that are triggered along a process,Alerts mechanism determines whether the alerts are posted through an e-mail system, shown as a pop-up window, or created and routed as a special work-item,Automatically calculates due dates based on services ordered with override capability,Automatically launches external applications or processes as a result of a trigger activating,Deadline triggers (e.g., date, day- of-month, hour),Defines automatic generation of alerts and notifications based on triggers,Defines automatic reprioritization of an activity or work-item as a result of a trigger activating,Defines automatic routing and escalation (routing to a supervisor) of a work-item as a result of a trigger activating,Different types of events that can be defined as triggers of automatic actions, including timer triggers,External triggering events (an external application message or an operating system event),Generates and manages notifications and alerts, including how the alerts are registered, logged, and to whom they are posted,Notifies group supervisor of reporting alerts and warnings,Participant notification warns participants about different work and process events,Scheduled triggers (periodic events, such as every eight hours or every week),Threshold triggers (e.g., based on predefined attribute values for work-items, such as all claims over $1,000 should generate alerts) Monitoring and Reporting 13 95.38 100.00 64.62 Includes: Accesses internal workflow database through external SQL queries or via API's used by applications,Administrator tool monitors and manages the process,Automatically identifies tasks in jeopardy,Graphical workflow, tabular workflow, and status identification,Log with archiving audit data facilities,Log with configurable tracking and auditing of data facilities,Log with facilities such as a configurable data retention period,Log with statistical tracking facilities,Monitors progress of tasks, update task status, and view order history,Order and task search,Provides an administrator's tool to monitor and manage complex monitoring support, including the flexibility to monitor multiple custom aspects of workflow processing, such as instances, roles, activities, and groups,Provides an administrator's tool to monitor and manage performance monitoring services monitoring throughput, cycle times, and real time performance,Views specific queues and performs real time monitoring through an administrator's tool that monitors and manages work list and queue monitoring Workflow Components 23 70.87 95.87 4.35
  11. 11. Workflow Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Includes: Addresses unstructured-type collaboration among participants through knowledge sharing; includes the ability to allow several participants to share information in centralized knowledge repositories,Addresses unstructured-type collaboration among participants through project management,Alters the workload balancing mechanism during execution,Attaches word processors (such as Word) and spreadsheet (such as Excel) applications to related points for reference from within workflow,Defines escalation procedures by reassigning or reprioritizing work at run-time.,Ensures process integrity and robustness through process and activity checkpoint capabilities; secures specific points from where the process can be restarted if necessary,Ensures process integrity and robustness through run-time exception handling; deals with unexpected run-time system errors gracefully,Ensures process integrity and robustness via two-phase commits by synchronizing internal workflow data commits with an external business and transactional DBMS, which ensures consistency,Integrated scripting,Interfaces with other workflow applications such as e-mail, e-forms, and scheduling packages,Raises activity or work-item priority dynamically at run-time, according to certain process conditions (e.g., deadlines, completion of related activities),Reassigns work during execution including dynamic support, where the workflow engine automatically assigns or reassigns work among participants based on process conditions and workload (thresholds), also in the itemized or comprehensive modes,Reassigns work during execution, including comprehensive support where all the work assigned to a participant can be reassigned to another in one step,Reassigns work during execution, including itemized support where specific work-items assigned to one participant can be reassigned to another,Security measures and access at the levels of external application access,Security measures and access at the levels of form, view, and field access, which allows only certain forms, views, or fields to be seen by certain participants,Security measures and access at the levels of process instance and activity access, which allows certain business cases or activities to be viewed and handled by certain participants only,Security measures and access at the levels of queue access (controls participants’ access to the authorized queues),Security measures and access at the levels of system administrator access (special access for maintaining and administering the workflow system),Security measures and access at the levels of work item and access control to specific work-items depending on the participants’ roles and the assigned activity definitions,Security measures and access at the levels of workflow definitions, including access to development and modification of the workflow component definitions,Separate, private copies of the process map for each work-item created in the workflow system,Undo activities to get back to a previous, consistent process state Dynamic and Complex Processes 3 60.00 95.00 60.00
  12. 12. Workflow Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Includes: Define task concurrency and dependency to enable proper sequences,Dynamic, complex processes,Visual design tool
  13. 13. Data Integration Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating ETL 171 83.32 96.79 92.44 Includes: Administration and Development,Data Cleansing and Transformation,Data Extraction,Data Loading,Data Matching and Consolidation,Data Platform Support,Data Profiling,Data Quality,Metadata,Operating Environments,Web Services EII 102 81.94 84.49 87.76 Includes: Administrator and General Support,Change Data Capture,Data Access,Data Federation,Data Quality,Database Administration,Metadata,Performance and Scalability,Server capabilities Data Integration Data Integration Data Integration Module Ratings
  14. 14. Support Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Server Support 19 84.21 63.16 84.21 Includes: AIX,COM+,Dynix (Sequent),GNU/Linux such as Red Hat, SUSE (Novell), or Debian,HP- UX,IBM AS/400,IIS 5.0 and 6.0,J2EE Weblogic,J2EE Websphere,Novell NetWare,OS/390,OS/400,Other,Sun Solaris,True64 UNIX,Unix,VMs,VMX/VAX,Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Client Support 5 74.00 100.00 100.00 Includes: Apple Macintosh OS X,GNU/Linux such as Red Hat, SUSE (Novell), or Debian,Other,Web browser,Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP Database Support 10 97.00 100.00 100.00 Includes: Essbase,Hyperion Essbase,IBM DB2,Informix,Microsoft Access,Microsoft SQL Server,MySQL,Oracle,PostgreSQL,Sybase Portal Support 10 100.00 100.00 70.00 Includes: BEA,CA CleverPath,IBM WebSphere,Microsoft sharePoint,mySAP,Oracle,Other portal,PeopleSoft,Plumtree,Vignette portal services Web Service Support 6 70.00 100.00 100.00 Includes: Drills down from any report to any other data available via web services,Geographical mapping of data from Web services,Joins data from Web services or a real database to another web service,Key Web service standards (SOAP, WSDL, etc.),Output of any Web services data as spreadsheets, Excel pivot tables, PDF files, or standard HTML,Visualization of data available from any web service Problem Resolution 12 90.00 100.00 93.33 Includes: 24x7 emergency support,At co-located site (where this is a hosted service),Combination of on-site and off-site locations,Local business-day telephone support,Online support services,On- site,Remote diagnostic service,Solves application problems within eight hours,Solves application problems within four hours,Solves application problems within one hour,Solves application problems within one working day,Solves application problems within two hours Application Fix Response Time 5 100.00 19.00 100.00 Includes: Application fix response time within eight hours,Application fix response time within four hours,Application fix response time within one hour,Application fix response time within one working day,Application fix response time within two hours Support Support Support Module Ratings
  15. 15. Product Technology Module Total Criteria Hyperion System 9 IBM Cognos 10 BI SAP BusinessObject s Edge Business Intelligence by Oracle by IBM by SAP Module Rating Module Rating Module Rating Synchronization and Replication 15 91.25 100.00 6.25 Includes: Replication Methodology,Synchronization Technology Implementation and Training 20 94.17 100.00 92.78 Includes: Training Services,Transaction Process Packages,Vendor Implementation Services Technical Fit 241 87.51 90.78 89.49 Includes: Application Servers,Integration and Interfaces,Security,Server Administration,Technical Architecture Product Technology Product Technology This group of criteria defines the technical architecture of the product as well as the technological environment in which the product can run successfully. Criteria include product and application architecture, software usability and administration, platform and database support, application standards support, communications and protocol support and integration capabilities. Relative to the other evaluation criteria, best practice selections place a lower relative importance on the product technology criterion. This apparently lower importance is deceptive because the product technology usually houses the majority of the selecting organization's mandatory criteria, which generally include server, client, protocol and database support, application scalability, and other architectural capabilities. The definition of mandatory criteria within this set often allows the client to quickly narrow the long list of potential vendors to a short list of applicable solutions that pass muster relative to the most basic mandatory selection criteria. Product Technology Module Ratings

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