2013 Best Companies: By Technology


Business Intelligence: Microsoft

CEO: Steve Ballmer

Business intelligence has been one of the hottest technology areas in recent years. While the market includes such heavyweights as IBM (which owns Cognos), SAP (which acquired Business Objects) and Oracle, solution providers gave Microsoft the highest grades in this fast-growing technology category.

Perhaps the biggest news from Microsoft this year on the business analytics front was the launch of Power BI, a suite of self-service business intelligence and data mining tools that work with the vendor's Office 365 cloud applications. That product combines elements of the vendor's Power Pivot, Power View, Power Query and Power Maps products into one package for cloud and mobile computing.