Nigel Pendse has been running "The OLAP Survey" for the last 6 years. It has quickly became the most important and insightful survey of major OLAP tools. Microsoft has purchased every copy of the survey and deeply studied it. We sure learned a lot. The data points collected in the survey made it into the internal specs, presentations and whitepapers. This year the survey is running again, but this time it changed the name to "BI Survey". Despite name change, the essence is the same. I encourage everybody to participate. Tell us how you use the product. Tell us what you like about it. And most importantly, tell us what you don't like - what is wrong with the product. There will be lots of people in the product team looking into this data.
The text of standard invitation follows:
We would very much welcome your participation in The BI Survey. This is the largest independent survey of business intelligence/OLAP users worldwide. The Survey will obtain input from a large number of users to better understand their buying decisions, the implementation cycle and the business success achieved. Both business and technical respondents are welcome.
The BI Survey is strictly independent. While Microsoft and other vendors assist by inviting users to participate in the Survey, the vendors do not sponsor the survey, nor influence the questionnaire design or survey results. As a participant, you will not only have the opportunity to ensure your experiences are included in the analyses, but you will also receive a summary of the results from the full survey. You will also have a chance of winning one of ten $50 Amazon vouchers. Click here to complete the survey on-line:
English version: www.eu-survey.com/BI/4
German version: www.eu-survey.com/BI/72