Halo Business Intelligence Review

Halo
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Halo
2008
San Diego, CA
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Halo At A Glance

Good: Platform-as-a-service option, data is housed in a single repository, code development and maintenance are automated.
Bad: Need more memory for support of its platform.
Bottom Line: Halo provides flexible and scalable deployment options, including PaaS, offering a lower total cost of ownership than traditional BI software.

Product Overview

Halo empowers companies with purchasing & procurement, operational & production, inventory and sales analysis that yield actionable insights. Halo illuminates supply chain inefficiencies such as limited vendor effectiveness, operational problems, and other challenges connected to critical Inventory and Sales & Operations Planning problems.

By synchronizing purchasing operations, inventory, and sales and marketing plans, Halo presents users with a consistent view of their business, providing an essential tool that enhances reduced costs, optimizes critical processes and improves customer service.

Halo’s platform is broken down in 2 main components:

Halo’s data aggregation and analysis engine extracts data from multiple sources and houses them in a single repository – users can also access multiple visualization tools as well.  There is also a built-in data quality tool that profiles data and cleans up errors. The data quality tool also adds new information to the existing data, ensuring that it is accurate. There is also an advanced SQL query engine. Users do not have to be proficient in SQL in order to run Halo, as there is a wizard that guides users through the data extraction process, allowing users to extract data from any source, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL, PostGreSQL, SAP, etc. Data can be imported from other business systems and desktop applications, such as Microsoft Office and text files. Halo’s data aggregation and warehousing platform can work with ERP systems, CRMs, HR applications, and more.

Halo’s powerful data visualization component offers customizable dashboards that are viewable anywhere, including the desktop, laptop, or any mobile device. It also includes pre-built templates aimed for specific industries and roles, such as manufacturing, distribution, retail, finance, HR, etc. Dashboards and reports can be exported into Excel, as well as PDF and HTML. There’s also a collaborative component which allows users to share their data with others. Other users can comment on information within the interface.  It is also efficient as users can keep all communication in one place without having to sift through emails and IMs. Halo allows users to give access to their BI system to those outside their organization (i.e. vendors, remote staff). Those outside users will not need to install software or undergo long training processes, but merely access via a web browser from any interface. Users can grant access to specific persons, who can access via a login screen, and ensure their corporate data remain safe and accessible to only those who need it. Halo’s predictive analysis function helps users predict outcomes of any business decision before they make them. Users utilize historical data to perform risk scoring analysis on issues such as late payments or compliance violations.

Like other BI vendors, Halo emphasizes self-service functionality. Users can quickly and easily access their information and create dashboards without the help of the IT department.

Features

Halo has many features, which we indicate both below and in the Product Details section.

  • Ad Hoc Analysis?
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)?
  • Predictive Analysis?
  • Profit Analysis?
  • Trend Indicators?
  • Ad Hoc Reporting?
  • Automatic Scheduled Reporting?
  • Customizable Dashboard?

Target Market

Halo is available to clients for their supply chain analytics including sales, planning and operations analysis. Industries include distribution, construction, manufacturing, retail and transportation. We’ve indicated below a partial list of its customers:

  • Aaron's, Inc.
  • Carlisle Companies
  • Franke Foodservice Systems Inc.
  • GSE Environmental
  • The Patrón Spirits Company
  • Red Wing Shoes
  • Shepard Bros. Inc.
  • Stupp Bros. Inc.
  • Taylor Farms
  • Tempur-Pedic

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Implementation/Integration

The Halo platform is available in three different flavors: on-premise, cloud, and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). PaaS is a good option for companies that don’t have the staff or budget to handle additional hardware. Regardless of deployment option, companies should expect implementation to be done in days rather than weeks or months.

Customer Service & Support

Halo provides a secure support portal for its customers. Other technical support includes email and phone.

Shortcomings

Halo has indicated they’ve planned to increase more memory for support of its platform.

Screenshots

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About

Halo delivers supply chain intelligence solutions to hundreds of enterprise customers and service provider partners in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. Our Customer-driven S&OP platform radically simplifies information management and operational analytics, enabling organizations to build more competitive supply chains. Halo replaces the complexity of siloed data sources and disparate applications with a single-purpose platform that lets firms analyze, decide and plan faster than ever before. Halo is headquartered in San Diego, California, and can be reached via the web (halobi.com), Twitter (@halo_bi) or email at info@halobi.com

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Excellent Features and Easy to Use

on 2015-08-18 13:04:24

I would definitely recommend Halo to my company. Excellent interface and easy to handle.



Catherine McDonald, Ph.D.
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    User: 100%

Simply the easiest to use

on 2015-05-11 17:47:21

Halo Bi have the best user interface - simpler than others without giving up data management capabilities.



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