Eckerson Group Research - 10 Characteristics of a Modern Analytics Platform

Sponsored by MicroStrategy


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Business intelligence (BI) vendors first shipped BI tools in the early 1990s.  At the time, the tools were purpose-built to support a single mode of BI, such as production reporting, ad hoc query and reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), and dashboards.  In the 2000s, vendors built or bought purpose-built BI tools and packaged them into BI suites.  The tools still featured mostly distinct graphical interfaces and engines, but at least customers could now get every BI tool from a single vendor.  

Fast-forward to today:  BI vendors are shipping so-called "modern analytics platforms".  These are open, extensible analytical environments that support all modes of BI and run on a single, integrated, metadata-driven architecture.  Some vendors, such as MicroStrategy - the sponsor of this report- have always offered integrated BI environments; most have now updated self-service, data preparation, and other modern features.  Continue reading to learn more about the rise of modern analytics platforms.