|Feature||MS SharePoint Server 2010||SAP Business Objects Enterprise||IBM Cognos BI Enterprise|
|Desktop query and analysis tool||SQL Server Analysis Services||Desktop Intelligence / OLAP Intelligence||Analysis Studio and Query Studio|
|Spreadsheet Integration||Microsoft Excel||Live Office XCelsius||IBM Cognos BI Analysis for Microsoft Excel|
|Reporting||SQL Server REporting Services||Crystal Reports WebIntelligence||ReportNet (Report Studio + Query Studio)|
|Web Portal||SharePoint 2010||InfoView||Cognos Connection|
|Visual Dashboard||Business Intelligence Development Studio and SharePoint 2010||Performance manager XCelsius Dashboard Builder||GO! Dashboard Report Studio|
|ETL and data integration tool||Business Intelligence Development Studio||Data integrator (BODI)||Data Manager|
|Modeling Application||Business Intelligence Development Studio||Designer||Framework Manager|
|Scorecarding||Business Intelligence Development Studio and SharePoint 2010||Performance manager Dashboard Manager||Metrics Studio|
It is no secret that when it comes to choosing the best Business Intelligence suite, it all depends on your needs. Each of the suites have their pros and cons but as seen in the above image the three selected can perform all of the features. The differences between the suites are not significant enough and if needed, you can combine the three of them to get what you need (ex. Crystal Reports deployed on SharePoint 2010). This implies that as long as there’s no technical reason to stick with a certain platform, it’ll be the details that end up as deciding factors when picking the winner.
Specifying your needs is the first step that must be done before even trying to choose anything. Then it would be important to talk to the technical sales people from the vendors and try to get a trial version of the platforms and test it in your business environment. This way you’ll get a better sense of what can work for your company.
Independent of which of vendor you decide to go with, companies like Optimus can assist you in the implementation of the business intelligence suite as well as with the development and deployment of BI reports and dashboards. If you would like to learn more about our services, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to sit down and discuss your needs.