Yep, a real live BI bake off among four arch competitors: Qlik, SAS, Tableau, and TIBCO! It’s a first for the Gartner BI Summit, and I hope you will be able to join us March 29, 1 p.m., in Las Vegas.
I’ve been facilitating bake offs for customers and at events such as TDWI and DAMA for several years now. It is a high-action, visual way to get a side-by-side comparison of leading visual data discovery products. The bake off is somewhat terrifying – for vendors and for me – but it’s great for BI buyers. I mean, really, would you rather wade through more paper-based RFP responses? I didn’t think so!
In the bake-off, vendors adhere to scripted demo topics that we’ve selected to best reveal each product’s strengths and weaknesses. And here is a new twist I love: we’ve asked vendors to use a consistent sample data set to allow for clearer comparisons. We’ve partnered with Posiba, an organization that uses data to support charities. For this bake off, we will be using data on homeless shelters, at risk individuals, and Census data. So it’s an educational event as well as a way to use BI for a greater good.
We are limited on time so could only invite four vendors to the main session, but a number of vendors in the exhibit hall will also be participating via scripted demos and the sample data set at their booths.
Live polling allows attendees to vote by use case and criterion on which product best meets your needs. As the facilitator, I’ll let you know where Gartner agrees on particular strengths, or where the demo might have looked better than what we our research finds.
This first bake off will focus on visual data discovery that’s driving much of the current BI buying, confusion abounds, and we’ve seen rapid innovation. If this first bake off goes well, I hope we will be able to add future sessions on particular focus areas. I look forward to seeing you there, and if you can’t attend in person, watch the tweet stream #GartnerBI. Regards, Cindi Howson
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