How to Choose a Business Intelligence Solution That’s Right for Your Business

By Anne Louise Thorbecke, Phocas Choosing the right business intelligence (BI) solution for your company can be overwhelming. There are niche solutions, general solutions and everything in between. Some BI providers specialize in certain industries, business sizes or even job roles. To muddle things further, many vendors offer solutions that are of outstanding quality, which […]

4 BI Software Trends for August

“Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant, if not the only, source of competitive advantage.” – Peter F. Drucker Drucker was right. Again. When management icon Peter Drucker uttered this pithy maxim a quarter century ago, few conceived the limitless scope of the internet, let alone the depth of knowledge distilled from […]

Microsoft Power BI Pricing: Licensing and Ownership Costs

Microsoft Power BI is a cloud-based business intelligence and analytics service that provides a full overview of your most critical data. Connecting to all of your data sources, Power BI simplifies data evaluation and sharing with scalable dashboards, interactive reports, embedded visuals and more. We’ve reviewed Power BI in the past, but this post will […]

Tableau Pricing: Features, Costs and Top BI Alternatives

Tableau is a business intelligence solution that provides users drag-and-drop functionality for preparing data, creating dashboards and visualizations, and sharing insights with other users. It has three main products: Desktop, Server and Online. Tableau has recently debuted Tableau Prep, a new platform that allows analysts to clean and prepare data more efficiently.  We’ve reviewed Tableau […]

6 Business Intelligence Software Trends and Tips for June

During a 2012 episode of CNBC’s Squawk Box, host Joe Kernan asked his guest, Ann Winblad, acclaimed investor and principal at Hummer-Winblad, “What is the next really big thing?”   “Data is the new oil,” she asserted. Winblad’s pronouncement echoed Peter Sondergaard, SVP at Gartner, who said months earlier, “Information is the oil of the 21st century, […]

Pentaho vs. Tableau: Features, Support and Pricing Comparison of Business Intelligence Software

Pentaho and Tableau are two self-service business intelligence (BI) products that help companies better visualize and understand their data to maker better data-driven decisions. Product Overviews To summarize each product, here’s some information from our reviews of Pentaho and Tableau: Pentaho: Pentaho, now part of Hitachi Vantara Corp., distinguishes itself in its unique ability to […]

7 Business Intelligence Software Market Trends for 2Q 2018

With remarkable advancements, business intelligence software solutions continue to gain momentum in the marketplace. Choices are many. Features are myriad. Prices vary. Selection … challenging? So, consider the following three business intelligence trends identified by Gartner, along with four other items of market currency to help you make sound buying decisions when it comes to […]

QlikView vs Qlik Sense: Features, Support, and Pricing Comparison of Business Intelligence Software

QlikView and Qlik Sense are Qlik’s two popular products in the business intelligence software market. Both platforms are built on the same, patented framework: the Qlik Associative Engine,  which offers powerful aggregation and on-the-go calculations that simplify data exploration. If you’re not familiar with either BI tool, they can appear quite similar, making it difficult […]

Sisense Pricing: Features, Costs and Top Business Intelligence Software Alternatives

Sisense is a robust business intelligence platform that takes credit for being the first app to offer its users a “full-stack” solution; which means, it’s comprised of an integrated database, extract/transform/load (ETL) modality, analytics and visualization tools. Whether through its intuitive drag-and-drop interface or open API, users have the ability to manipulate these tools to […]

Looker vs. Tableau: Pricing and Features Comparison

Looker and Tableau are two of the more popular self-service business intelligence (BI) products on the market that help companies better visualize and understand their data. Product Overviews To summarize each product, here’s some information from our reviews of Looker and Tableau:  Looker: Looker Data Platform is a data-discovery platform that helps companies make better business decisions through real-time access to data. […]