Too much Olap choice

Users wanting to purchase online analytical processing (Olap) software for decision support purposes have a bewildering array of...

Users wanting to purchase online analytical processing (Olap) software for decision support purposes have a bewildering array of suppliers to choose from, with no clear market leaders, according to preliminary figures in the latest Olap Report from Business Intelligence, writes Antony Adshead.

The market is fragmented, with more than 30 suppliers offering Olap products. Several of the top 10 companies have falling market shares, but Microsoft is casting a long shadow from its deceptively low market share figure of 11.7%.

Business Intelligence estimated that the total market size for Olap products was $3bn (£2bn) in 2000, having shown a compound growth rate of 40% over the previous four years, slowing to about 20% in 1999.

Average prices have been reduced, said the report, because of Microsoft's entry into the market, with Olap features built into SQL Server. Microsoft is expected to be challenging for first place by the end of 2001.

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