Infor gets top marks for business intelligence offering

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Infor, provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, has announced that according to BI Survey 14 by BARC, Infor BI takes a leadership position in the international BI market.

For its independent annual Survey, Business Application Research Center (BARC) interviews BI users around the globe. In the peer group of the large scale enterprise reporting vendors, Infor is ranked among the leaders in 13 categories, including product satisfaction, project success and Big Data analytics. In further eight categories of its four peer groups, including price-to-value perception and visual design standards in the large international BI vendors and large scale enterprise reporting vendors peer group, Infor even outperforms the entire competition.

The BI Survey 14 is based on findings from the world's largest and most comprehensive survey of business intelligence end-users, conducted earlier this year. In total, 3,224 people responded to the Survey. Altogether, 34 products are analyzed in detail. The BI Survey 14 examines BI product selection and usage among users. Infor is featured in four peer groups: large international BI vendors, large scale enterprise reporting vendors, OLAP analysis providers, and planning software providers.

Customers see excellent value when selecting Infor as their BI solution, voting Infor in first place among large scale enterprise reporting vendors and large international BI vendors. Combining the KPIs 'Investment per seat', 'Seats per administrator' and 'Price-performance perception', the BI Survey also looks at the overall KPI 'Investment'. Here, Infor is ranked among the top three vendors in all four groups and in first place among planning software vendors. In this peer group, Infor is also top ranked in for the KPI 'Investment per seat' and 'Seat per admin', reflecting the low level of administration the solution requires.

The BI Survey also underlines the excellent ability to support visual design standards in Infor BI. Infor is top ranked among large international BI vendors and among large scale enterprise reporting vendors and achieves two third places in the other two groups.

Finally, the BI Survey shows that Infor is well positioned for innovation – achieving a leading position in the large scale enterprise reporting peer group. Customer evaluate the Big Data analytics capabilities of Infor BI as very progressive, ranking Infor second among the large scale enterprise reporting vendors and fourth among the planning software suppliers.

"Infor achieves some very strong results in this year's Survey. Customers have a very positive view of their Infor investment. Infor ranks as a leader in innovations such as visual design standards, big data analytics, and cloud BI," says Dr. Carsten Bange, CEO, BARC Group. "It will be interesting to chart the vendor's progress in the latter area in light of its partnership with Amazon Web Services."

"We are very pleased by the positive customer feedback. The BI Survey 14 shows that our strategy resonates in the market. With ever-increasing amounts of data, the demand for high-performance analytics solutions grows. Equally, the solution's complexity must remain manageable, enabling as many users as possible to easily handle it," says Jan Gahde, Manager, Product Management BI at Infor. "Infor BI has been designed with these prerequisites in mind. Our next step is to offer analytics in the cloud so users can even faster and easier access and share information."

Infor BI lets you get the right information, to the right individuals, at the right time, so decision makers throughout your organization can identify new business opportunities and make more informed decisions. Infor BI is a comprehensive, integrated business intelligence platform that includes financial and operational reporting and analysis, dashboards, planning, budgeting, forecasting, role-based analytics, data mining, and financial consolidation capabilities. Infor BI integrates with applications and data sources of all kinds and is a key component of Infor BI. Infor BI can be used in conjunction with other Infor ION applications, or as a stand-alone solution.

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