Published: 08 December 2000
Analyst(s): Alan H. Tiedrich
Sagent Solution fits three Gartner categories: extract, transform, and transport (ETT) tool; enterprise business intelligence suite (EBIS); and business intelligence (BI) platform. It is an integrated end-to-end solution for extracting, transforming, and transporting data in building and maintaining data marts (ETT tool); for query, analysis, and reporting (EBIS); and for building and deploying BI applications (BI platform). With version 4.5, released in December 2000, Sagent added support for Unix on the Sun Solaris platform. Previously, as a Microsoft Windows-only platform, it had been successful, but lacked support for the many shops dedicated to the Unix platform, as well as the additional scalability this provides. With numerous strengths, such as an inherent multitier architecture, unified metadata for ETT processing and for BI processing, full BI functionality, and strong automation facilities, it would seem that Sagent Solution should have improved its competitiveness with the addition of Unix support. Whether this is so and also, whether its multipurpose functionality is advantageous or dilutive, are explored in this report.
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