iDashboards Business Intelligence Review

iDashboards
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iDashboards
2003
Troy, MI
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2,000
Cloud, On-Premise
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iDashboards At A Glance

Good: Short implementation process, mobile functionality, ability to build dashboards with a series of right-click menus.
Bad: Limited source files to pull reports from, no ability to run report calculations with a click of a button.
Bottom Line: With low cost of ownership and straightforward licensing, iDashboards provides a cost-effective alternative to complex BI solutions.

Product Overview

iDashboards Enterprise Suite is a unique, dashboard solution, providing powerful insights in just a few clicks. With features such as captivating graphics and rapid dashboard development, users can make data-driven decisions faster than ever before. Designed with the developer and end user in mind, iDashboards delivers a product that is easy to install without programming or coding.

For users interested in a hosted solution, iDashboards In Cloud offers similar features including point and click chart designer, what-if analytics, and an Auto Uploader which automatically pulls data from Excel.

Features

With simple right-click menus and user-friendly designer framework, users can easily build custom dashboards. iDashboards offers the ability to consolidate relational databases, Excel, Google Analytics, Salesforce, Facebook, Twitter and more. Other features include secure access with role-based permissions, single sign-on (SSO), HTML5 capability and support for mobile devices.

In 2016, iDashboards debuted its upgraded Version 9.0 with newer features, such as:

  • Infographic chart that contains more than 450 images
  • Desktop users can access iDashboards without using web browser or plug-ins
  • iDashboards Data Integrator add-on for integrating, prepping and cleaning data sources without complex coding

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

Target Market

iDashboards is designed to be fully customizable – no matter the industry or function. iDashboards specializes in a variety of industries, such as Education, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Hospitality, Retail, Sports, Transportation and Utility and Energy. Select customers include:

  • Aramark
  • Carat
  • Children’s Hospital of Boston
  • Cisco
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Erie Insurance
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • JP Morgan
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Verizon Wireless

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Implementation/Integration

Unlike typical BI solutions, iDashobards’s implementation time is in days or weeks as opposed to months. iDashboards installs as a web server so that all that is required is to get the web application installed. The basic steps are as follows:

* Use an iDashboards-provided database script to create the iDashboards Repository for storing meta data in a Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, or MySQL database.

* Run the iDashboards Production Installer to install the web server and iDashboards application. This includes a step to point the web server to the iDashboards Repository.

* Open a browser and navigate the iDashboards application on the web server, as in http://:6700/idashboards.

* Build dashboards and charts.

Customer Service & Support

iDashboards offers on-site training for all their solutions, with training cost included in the initial quote. Customers can contact technical support through email or phone. iDashboards also provides an online support portal, OSKAR, where customers can submit support tickets and access resources, including a knowledge base, discussion groups, downloadable assets, an idea center and more.

Pricing

iDashboards provides three pricing plans: Personal, Professional and Enterprise.

The Personal plan is a free plan for a single user. It includes cloud hosting, unlimited dashboards, drilldowns and self-service support.

The Professional plan is priced at $29.95 per user per month (but billed annually). It includes all the features of the Personal plan plus:

  • Analytics
  • Automatic connection to Excel
  • Reports
  • Street-level mapping
  • Live support
  • Optional iDashboards Data Integrator add-on and unlimited web view feature

The Enterprise plan costs $39.95 per user per month (but billed annually). In addition to the features of the Personal and Professional plans, the Enterprise plan includes:

  • Option of deploying solution on-premise
  • Database connection
  • Scheduled reports
  • Custom URLs
  • Alerts
  • Optional wall display and custom branding

Shortcomings

Users have reported that there is a limit in source files (10MB) to pull reports from. Also, there is no ability to run calculations from a report with a click of a button.

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About

Founded in Troy, Michigan, iDashboards has been a pioneer in the data visualization space since 2003. Through award winning engineering, and patented technology, iDashboards is making it easier to understand your data. iDashboards offers easy-to-build, dynamic dashboards that create context for any user – in any organization – so they can draw real meaning from raw data. No matter who you are, or what industry you work in, iDashboards can rapidly reduce the time it takes to build beautiful dashboards and discover powerful insights.

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iDashboards-CoSort synergy

on 2015-07-09 11:16:07

There is now also key data management /ETL collaboration for iDashboards:

http://www.iri.com/solutions/business-intelligence/bi-tool-acceleration/idashboards

iDashboards can ingest CoSort-prepared (filtered, transformed, masked) data at charting time to visualize reliable subsets of a ‘data lake.’



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