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Leading Analyst Firm Finds SAP Market Share is the Fastest Growing Amongst Embedded Business Intelligence Platform Vendors


Analyst Report Shows that SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence Sales Grew by 60 Percent in 2006

WALLDORF, Germany.- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI) market share grew fastest amongst all embedded business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, according to a recent Gartner Dataquest report titled, “Market Share: Business Intelligence Platforms, Worldwide 2006.” Gartner found that SAP grew its market share to 8.2 percent, and its sales increased 60 percent over last year.1

The Gartner Dataquest study determined that the overall BI platform market – including total software and revenue – grew by 14.9 percent during 2006, reaching nearly $4.7 billion USD. Gartner also found that the market segment for “embedded BI” grew 41.3 percent in 2006, outpacing the “stand-alone BI” segment, which grew at 9.9 percent. Gartner defines embedded BI as embedding BI functionality within non-BI software products, as compared to stand-alone BI solutions, which are sold individually as distinctive BI solutions.

The Gartner report stated, “BI is becoming an imperative – from the chief corporate officer level to the operational shop floors, and all the layers in between, leading to more BI seats being used.” According to the report, the “consumerization of information” will “enable a spread of BI across organizations.” In addition, “emerging technologies, such as BI integrated search, promise increased usability that will drive user adoption in coming years.”

Organizations face ever-increasing volumes of critical business data locked within applications and databases, but to improve efficiency, information workers need simplified access to critical business data. SAP NetWeaver BI helps simplify the user experience and provides increased self-service access to corporate information for business users by both embedding BI within daily business processes and developing solutions such as SAP NetWeaver® Enterprise Search. SAP has increased its market leadership with innovative approaches to information management such as SAP NetWeaver® BI Accelerator, which increases query response times by a factor of 100 and more. As of spring 2007, SAP has 13,000 production SAP NetWeaver BI implementations worldwide. SAP NetWeaver BI continues to gain traction because it gives customers an enhanced user experience, lightning-fast speed, integrated planning capabilities and seamless integration of SAP with non-SAP data.

“The Gartner study shows that for the second year in a row, SAP’s growth rate in the BI market leads other ‘mega-vendors’ and pure-play vendors,” said Nimish Mehta, senior vice president, Enterprise Information Management, SAP AG. “It validates our winning BI growth strategy: build market-leading solutions, leverage our strong ecosystem to complement our platform and further embed BI into the daily business processes of information workers. Our customers need a flexible BI platform that can quickly pull critical business information from diverse applications and databases. With SAP NetWeaver BI, our customers can leverage enterprise service-oriented architecture to develop BI strategies that can adapt and grow as their overall business priorities evolve.”


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