About This Constellation ShortList™

Cloud-based business intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms do more than just ease the burden of deploying and administering infrastructure and software. Cloud BI and analytics can help companies gain deep, contextual insights from combinations of internal and external data. Many organizations are not only shifting more workloads into clouds, they are increasingly tapping cloud-based external sources such as software-as-a-service apps, social networks, third-party enrichment data and partner information accessed as cloud-based sources. Cloud-based options help bring the analytics to the center of data gravity, reducing the cost of data access and data movement.

Cloud-based BI and analytics systems are services-enabled hubs for developing and delivering rich insights where needed, whether that’s in the cloud or on-premises. What’s more, reports, dashboards, KPIs, alerts and recommendations may need to be embedded into external applications. The user can’t be assumed to be an internal employee who can be trained, so intuitive visualizations and interfaces are a must.

With this update, Looker (a part of Google Cloud) has been added to this list on the strength of its May 2021 expanded availability on Microsoft Azure. This adds to preexisting deployment options on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud.. Removed from this list was Infor Birst, a platform increasingly tied to that vendor’s ERP applications and focused on cloud availability on AWS.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for cloud-based business intelligence:

  • Delivery of a public cloud–native or multicloudbusiness intelligence and analytics platform with hybrid data-access capabilities
  • Data management capabilities including data integration and self-service data preparation
  • Breadth of analysis tools, including dashboarding, data visualization and basic forecasting and predictive capabilities
  • Mobile reporting, visualization, analysis
  • Support for services-based delivery of insights into internal and external applications
  • Rich collaboration features for authors, analystsand consumers


The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 25 solutions categorized in this market. The Constellation ShortListis determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • Domo
  • Looker (Google)
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • MicroStrategy
  • Oracle Analytics Cloud
  • Qlik
  • SAP Analytics Cloud
  • Tableau (Salesforce)


Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList will be updated at least once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.


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