42-38541251-Lumira CLoudEarlier this year I was pleased to share how the leading industry analyst firm Forrester Research, Inc. released The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4, 2013, which rated SAP as a leader in the business intelligence (BI) market.

I’m now thrilled to share more related news as Forrester just released another piece of research, The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2014, which rates SAP as a leader in this specific segment of the BI market.

A key value you will find with the new report is that it takes a pragmatic and practical approach and describes Agile BI in highly objective and quantifiable terms. To assess the state of the Agile BI platforms market and see how the vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top Agile BI platforms vendors. This assessment is based on a detailed product reviews and demos, as well as feedback from customer surveys.

SAP as a “Formidable Leader in Agile BI”

SAP’s Agile BI solutions, namely SAP Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, are the focus of this new report from an SAP perspective. Notable findings in the report include that SAP Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer make SAP a formidable leader in Agile BI. According to the report:

“[SAP Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer] received top scores for the features technology professionals need to enable business user BI self-service. (…) Additionally SAP received a top score in the Forrester Wave lab exercise for the time and number of clicks it took to finish the assigned process. (…) SAP received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and ADV [advanced visualization] functionality.”

Trusted Data Discovery

Not only do we believe that this report comes as another strong proof point of SAP’s clear leadership in the overall BI market, but also it comes at a very interesting time. It’s right on the heel of the recent announcement made during the SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Orlando about the release of new trusted data discovery capabilities with the integration between SAP Lumira (version 1.17) and the latest release of SAP’s enterprise BI platform, SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 (SP4).

This unique combination provides SAP customers with a trusted data discovery approach for organizations to scale their Agile BI deployments to the enterprise. Read more with this earlier post or with Timo Elliot’s perspective.

As the new Forrester report puts it:“Vendors that can deliver business user self-service features without sacrificing essential enterprise capabilities will position themselves to deliver the best BI platforms to their customers.”

Read the new Forrester report, compliments of SAP.