Top 10 data analytics companies
This month, Gigabit Magazine lists the world’s premier data analytics firms, examining their products along the way
10 | Alteryx
Data analytics firm Alteryx got its start by integrating data with maps. The company’s name was originally applied to its data analysis application, before being repurposed for the company as a whole. With an annual revenue of $309.8mn and employees numbering 800 according to Owler, the company’s analytics platform comes in a number of parts: Designer, Server, Connect and Promote, which in combination allow for features such as data source aggregation and ‘self-service’ data analytics.
9 | Oracle
Multinational software company Oracle offers a suite of enterprise technologies, but is perhaps best known for its database solutions. Founded in 1977 and based in California, the company employs 137,000 people, and in 2018 reported its revenue as being $39.83bn. Oracle’s analytics software boasts machine learning integration for automation and prediction. Also including visualisation and collaboration capabilities, the software is integrated with the company’s wider Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
8 | MicroStrategy
MicroStrategy markets its analytics products alongside business mobility solutions. According to Owler, the company’s most recent annual revenue report stood at $487.2mn and it employs over 2,000 people. With the likes of Coca Cola, Adidas and Hilton making use of its products, the company’s focus on mobility helps disseminate analytics and data throughout companies. MicroStrategy says that its analytics books work natively with Android and iOS, while remaining secure by utilising the different types of authentication built into devices.
7 | SAS
One of the pioneers of analytics software, SAS grew out of a project at North Carolina State University. The software from which the company derives its name, SAS (originally standing for Statistical Analysis System) has been continually updated since its original development at the university in the 1960s. The private company emphasises the platform nature of its product offering, with capabilities for data mining, forecasting and optimisation. Customers include the likes of Honda and Royal Bank of Scotland.
6 | IBM
IBM has been on the forefront of business technology since at least the 1950s. The New York state headquartered hardware and software giant employed over 350,000 people in 2018, achieving revenues of almost $80bn. The company’s data analysis platform is known as IBM Cognos. Originally the product of Canadian business intelligence company Cognos, the company and its software were acquired by IBM in 2008. IBM has built on Cognos to incorporate all the mod cons demanded of data analysis: dashboards, source aggregation and AI integration.
5 | Qlik
Originally founded in Sweden, private software company Qlik is now based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The company’s original QlikView analytics software was built on an ‘associative engine’ which maps relationships between data points and sources without relying on a query-based model. Qlik’s updated Qlik Sense product has a number of new features, including AI augmentation and a SaaS model, as well as more traditional on-site support.
4 | Microsoft
Technology giant Microsoft needs no introduction. Valued at over $1trn dollars and reporting revenues of over $125bn in 2019, among its vast list of products is its data analysis software, Power BI. Geared towards business intelligence, from which its name derives, the cloud-based software allows for the visualisation of data with a focus on collaboration and speed of analysis. Customers of Microsoft Power BI include HP, Rolls-Royce and Adobe. Power BI also natively integrates with Microsoft’s Azure cloud services, passing data sources over for analysis.
3 | Tableau
Purchased by Salesforce at the beginning of August for $15.7bn, software company Tableau has clout beyond its comparatively small size. In 2017, the company reported its revenues as amounting to $877mn. Founded by researchers from Stanford University, the company has a reputation for the quality of its data visualisation capabilities which can make data more legible. The latest version of its software, Tableau 2019.2, is capable of displaying data on vector maps which are infinitely scalable.
2 | Salesforce
US-based Salesforce specialises in cloud software for enterprise, particularly in customer relationship management (CRM). In 2019, with 35,000 employees worldwide, the company reported its revenue as being $13.28bn. Salesforce’s CRM solution goes by the name of Salesforce Customer 360, and is used by companies such as T-Mobile and Unilever. The company’s analysis offering is known as Einstein Analytics. Able to take in data from sources inside and outside the Salesforce ecosystem, Einstein also employs AI to augment analysis and make predictions for the future.
1 | SAP
German multinational software giant SAP specialises in enterprise software. Since its founding in 1972 by former IBM employees, the company grew on the back of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. In more recent times, the company has embraced emerging technologies, with its latest SAP S/4HANA ERP platform featuring cloud capabilities. Its data analytics solutions encompass finance, human resources, operations, sales and marketing. The company reported its 2018 revenue as €24.70bn, employing some 96,500 people.