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Federal Business Intelligence Market Bucks Global Trend

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While the global Business Intelligence (BI) market continues to grow, Intermedium research shows this segment of the Federal Government market slowed considerably in 2007-08 following a bumper year the previous year.

While the number of BI contracts reported by Federal agencies in 2007-08 was down almost 40 per cent on the previous year, the real news is that the value of these contracts is down more than 70 per cent.

Research by IDC and others suggest that the global BI market is growing at around 10% annually. A recent Gartner global survey of CIO’s showed that BI ranked as their top technology priority.

Intermedium’s Business Intelligence Solution Report for Q4 of the 2007-08 year (April – June 2008) shows the Federal Government BI market slowed significantly. Less than half the BI contracts were reported in Q4 compared with the same period the previous year, and the average value of contracts was also down on the same period last year.

A total of 17 Federal agencies reported BI contracts during Q4, with ComSuper reporting the highest value contract worth $1.7m.

A new IDC report confirms that the Business Intelligence (BI) market is increasingly being dominated by a small number of large platform vendors including IBM and Microsoft across the key Asia Pacific markets including Australia. The report suggests that these platform vendors are able to bundle BI with other technologies such as database and enterprise applications to compete with pure-play BI vendors such as SAS, Hyperion (Oracle), Cognos (IBM) and Business Objects (SAP).

Intermedium’s research shows the Federal Government BI market is dominated by SAS who has topped the supplier list in two of the last three financial years. SAS and Cognos together accounted for almost 60% of the market in the 2007-08 financial year.

For more information about Intermedium’s report on segments of the Federal Government ICT market, contact Fleur Bayley by email or on (02) 9955 9896.

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