Complementary Business Intelligence Systems used in Higher Education

Several higher education institutions use more than one BI system. An example of this is uOttawa, where I work. Oracle BI is our main institutional system having moved from IBM Cognos about 3 years ago. We also use SAS for regressions and Tableau for visualizations. And, we have a few Power BI users. That's four systems and this isn't at all uncommon, especially for larger institutions.

If I look at the almost 1,500 institutions for whom we have BI information, I see that over 30% of them are using two or more systems. 

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The most common systems that overlap or complementary are the following:

  • SPSS

  • Tableau

  • SAP

  • SAS

Next step for us would be to classify the BI systems into general categories. Should I classify them based on their major strength (Visualisation, regressions) or should I go with Gartner's "capabilities", which are:

  1. analytics, such as online analytical processing (OLAP); 

  2. information delivery, such as reports and dashboards; 

  3. platform integration, such as BI metadata management and a development environment.

Send me your ideas.