Longview Business Intelligence Review

Longview Analytics
Raleigh, NC
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Longview Analytics At A Glance

Good: Low cost of ownership, mobile functionality, sharing and collaboration focus.
Bad: No automatic reports scheduling.
Bottom Line: Longview works with many different data sources, especially other vendors such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, and more.

Product Overview

Note: Longview Solutions was acquired by insightsoftware, a leading provider of financial reporting and enterprise performance management software, in 2020. Longview Analytics, its BI solution, is now part of insightsoftware’s financial analysis software suite.

Longview Analytics is a scalable BI solution designed for every user. It allows users to integrate data from many different sources (i.e. ERP, relational databases, OLAP, SAP, Oracle, IBM, etc) into the report or dashboard. Also, the platform itself can be integrated into existing IT hardware without the need to purchase additional infrastructures. The solution can also be deployed company-wide.

Not only can users create reports and dashboards, but they can perform other analytical functions, such as what-if scenarios. And the reports, dashboards, and other analytical functions can be personalized for dedicated end-users (for example, a what-if scenario on future revenue for the Sales department). Users can also run queries against data warehouses and operational databases at the same time.

Longview Analytics can also be downloaded as a mobile app, due to its HTML5 technology. It utilizes the “design once, run anywhere” philosophy in responsive design functionality. Users can access their data as easily from their mobile devices as from their PCs.


Longview’s solutions have many features. Some of those features include:

  • Single-sign-on if integrated with Windows or LDAP
  • Availability on all web servers
  • Longview Application Designer with graphical user interfaces for creating custom dashboards, scorecards and financial reports
  • Ability to export data and reports to Excel, PowerPoint and PDF
  • Ability to share ad-hoc reports with other users; users can comment on those reports within the solution
  • Live data pulled from corporate server and automatically refreshed in real time
  • Automatic alerts based on thresholds
  • Ability to display data in animation and motion charts in dashboard
  • Web 2.0 services for mash-up solutions

Target Market

Longview is aimed at a variety of industries, such as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Airlines, Retail, and Healthcare. Below is a partial customer list:

  • Bayer
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • IMAX
  • La-Z-Boy
  • MetLife
  • Petco Animal Supplies
  • Siemens
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • Wegmans

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insightsoftware’s Professional Services team provides implementation, custom report development and other services. The implementation process and timeline can vary depending on the client’s needs and requirements. It uses Longview’s Knowledge Transfer Process to help train companies’ end users. There are dedicated trainers that works with the company to set up a specific learning strategy based on the company’s requirements.

Customer Service & Support

Even though the product is now part of insightsoftware, customers can continue to access the Longview customer portal for technical resources, such as documentation and community forums. They can also contact insightsoftware customer support by phone or email.


Longview does not publicly release their pricing information, so please contact the vendor directly for a quote.


Longview does not offer the ability to automatically schedule reports.


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Insightsoftware is a global provider of reporting, analytics, and performance management solutions. It empowers leaders from over 32,000 organizations with comprehensive solutions that span Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A), Controllership, and Embedded Analytics and Data to unlock greater financial intelligence and build resilient businesses. The company’s best-in-class products provide customers with increased productivity, visibility, accuracy, and compliance.

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