Business intelligence (BI) platforms enable all types of users — from IT staff to consultants to business users — to build applications that help organizations learn about and understand their business. Gartner defines a BI platform as a software platform that delivers the 14 capabilities listed below. These capabilities are organized into three categories of functionality: integration, information delivery and analysis. Information delivery is the core focus of most BI projects today, but we are seeing an increased interest in deployments of analysis to discover new insights, and in integration to implement those insights.Read More
Oracle and MicroStrategy have taken the lead from Microsoft since 2011.
Source: Hagerty, J, Sallam, R L, & Richardson, J (2012, February 6), Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, Gartner.