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49 Business Intelligence Reviews Found
Vendor Name: Actuate
Good: Need to obtain new license when adding new users or altering server components, lack of available resources on software.
Bad: Runtime feature that combines BIRT with any application, reports produced by any user, no need to input or maintain code.
Bottom Line: BI tool that is based upon open source BIRT and the Eclipse platform.
Vendor Name: Alteryx
Good: Learning curve for new users, outdated interface.
Bad: Four main levels of product functions: data blending, predictive analytics, spatial analytics, and sharing insights.
Bottom Line: Alteryx offers the ability to deliver actionable insights by seamlessly incorporating internal company information, cloud data, and third party data in a single workflow.
Vendor Name: AnswerRocket
Good: Not intended for small businesses, some early users have reported that the software was buggy at times.
Bad: Ability to work with large datasets and connect to most data sources, flexible visualization options with drill-down capability, self-service functionality with minimal training required.
Bottom Line: Search-powered analytics platform that uses machine-learning technology and smart data discovery to enable users to find answers within their data in seconds.
Vendor Name: Birst
Good: Social and collaboration features are not offered.
Bad: Automated Data Refinement feature for extracting data from any source, self-service analytics through dashboards, reporting, visual discovery, and mobile tools, low total cost of ownership.
Bottom Line: BI software that empowers business users wtih easy-to-use tools for faster and accurate decision-making.
Vendor Name: BOARD
Good: While BOARD does target small businesses, the software could be too robust for a very small business/team.
Bad: Combines features of BI and corporate performance management in one platform, job-centric solutions available.
Bottom Line: BOARD combines the features of BI and corporate performance management (CPM) into an all-in-one, programming-free solution.
Vendor Name: ClicData
Good: Predictive analytics feature isn't offered yet.
Bad: Free account with the option to upgrade to scalable pricing plans, automatic dashboard refresh when data sources are updated, various options to share dashboards.
Bottom Line: BI platform that allows users to connect data from multiple sources and build intuitive dashboards more efficiently.
Vendor Name: Connexica
Good: AI module was recently launched, but many users may not have access to it yet.
Bad: Supports all data structures and sets, accessible for all users regardless of their techical expertise, Venn diagrams feature shows relationships and trends wtihin data.
Bottom Line: Data discovery solution that leverages search technology so all users can easily gain actionable insights to make better business decisions.
Vendor Name: datapine
Good: Knowledge of SQL may be required in order to use some advanced features.
Bad: Intuitive for any user, from the least experienced business professional to the most advanced data expert.
Bottom Line: Multinational data analytics solution that allows anyone to derive valuable insights from data.
Vendor Name: Antivia
Good: User administration when rolling out to larger audiences could be easier, not enough out-of-the-box dashboard themes.
Bad: Accommodates both small and big data, ability to view dashboards (even offline), ability to create dashboards from over 50 components.
Bottom Line: DecisionPoint helps business professionals get immediate answers for important decisions easily and efficiently.
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Vendor Name: Dimensional Insight
Good: Not adept in handling and analyzing large amounts of data, very broad-based software (not ideal for users looking for niche solutions).
Bad: Data integration capability in a single view, easier data discovery tools, fast insights.
Bottom Line: Its Diver Solution” includes time-sensitive data integration in a single view, helping users deploy role-based BI throughout their businesses.
Vendor Name: Domo
Good: Expensive for a small business, difficulty in extracting data, on-premise deployment isn't offered.
Bad: Ability to connect data with hundreds of connectors, ability to access information and report from single platform, customized solutions.
Bottom Line: Business management platform that empowers all users to make better business decisions.
Dundas BI
Vendor Name: Dundas
Good: Inability to export multiple PowerPoint slides at once; 3-D charts and city-level maps aren't included as standard features; however, they can be imported by public API.
Bad: Combination of BI and analytics in one platform, accessible anywhere at any time, strong focus on self-service.
Bottom Line: Scalable embedded BI platform that enables any user to run data and make faster business decisions.
Exago BI
Vendor Name: Exago Inc.
Good: Chart/visualization library could be expanded, global search isn't yet available.
Bad: 100% web-based with no Plug-ins or downloads required for users or administrators, a balanced combination of tabular reports and interactive dashboards, rich, open APIs provide tight integration with host application.
Bottom Line: Flexible, white-labelled, easy-to-use embedded BI solution that allows software companies to give their clients control over their own data and reporting.
Vendor Name: GoodData
Good: Some confusion in building metrics, does not employ advanced enterprise features.
Bad: Shorter implementation process than traditional vendors, specialized functions for sales, marketing, and customer service fields, strong security.
Bottom Line: GoodData is the only vendor that provides Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) via its cloud-based Open Analytics Platform. It also combines IT's need for data governance and security with the business user's need for self-service BI.
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Good: Some customers may need a simpler configuration to send daily snapshots or recaps to their email addresses.
Bad: Intuitive features and the ability for all employees to access the dashboard as needed.
Bottom Line: A user-friendly, easy-to-build dashboard that visualizes key metrics to track daily progress for more informed decisions.
Vendor Name: Halo
Good: Need more memory for support of its platform.
Bad: Platform-as-a-service option, data is housed in a single repository, code development and maintenance are automated.
Bottom Line: Halo provides flexible and scalable deployment options, including PaaS, offering a lower total cost of ownership than traditional BI software.
Vendor Name: IBM
Good: Steep learning curve as software can be robust.
Bad: AI Assistant that learns users’ data and suggests new data joins and visualizations; drag-and-drop capabilities to create new dashboards and reports; data integration from two to many sources
Bottom Line: IBM Cognos Analytics offers users access to a wide range of business analytics functionality to help them make well-informed decisions faster.
Vendor Name: iDashboards
Good: Limited source files to pull reports from, no ability to run report calculations with a click of a button.
Bad: Short implementation process, mobile functionality, ability to build dashboards with a series of right-click menus.
Bottom Line: With low cost of ownership and straightforward licensing, iDashboards provides a cost-effective alternative to complex BI solutions.
Vendor Name: InetSoft
Good: While available for mobile devices, ad-hoc editing is not currently supported.
Bad: Usable by everyone in company, regardless of BI knowledge, drag-and-drop report designer, data mashups done in real time.
Bottom Line: InetSoft’s proprietary Data Block technology allows for data mashups from most data sources in real time.
Infor10 ION
Vendor Name: Infor
Good: Users accustomed to Geac performance management tools will struggle adapting to ION, as the software displays a clear orientation towards MIS products.
Bad: Fast OLAP server, Import Master tool with ETL functions, planning and modeling capabilities offered.
Bottom Line: Infor10 ION is a comprehensive BI analytics tool that focuses on turning siloed data sources into synchronized ones, while also offering industry-specific analytics.
Vendor Name: Information Builders
Good: Runs with a scripting interfaces instead of an IDE, no ability to publish reports directly to SharePoint
Bad: IT does not have to choose between native and web apps, ability to customize portal pages, menus, and page layouts, ability to not run on server power when processing data.
Bottom Line: Information Builders WebFOCUS 8 is a scalable business intelligence tool that provides quick insights for the entire company by utilizing in-memory processing and reducing the complexity of the reporting and analyzing processes.
Vendor Name: Izenda
Good: Some customers have mentioned difficulties when customizing reports and visualizations.
Bad: Izenda is able to seamlessly embed its business intelligence tools into a company's current applications.
Bottom Line: Izenda is a web-based embedded BI solution that can be deployed as a stand-alone BI portal, or integrated with SaaS, on-premise or hybrid applications.
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Vendor Name: TIBCO
Good: Lack of Impala connectivity, comparatively minimal technical support offered.
Bad: Self-service capability, ability to work with big data, users can build their own data mart or warehouse.
Bottom Line: Jaspersoft has a scalable, modular, standards-based design that allows the flexibility needed for a wide variety of deployments.
Vendor Name: Jinfonet Software
Good: Some customers have mentioned there's a learning curve when building reports.
Bad: Flexible tools to create custom, advanced embedded reports and dashboards, support team is responsive and easy to work with.
Bottom Line: JReport is an interactive embedded business intelligence suite that allows developers to create robust reports and dashboards, and embed analytics into current business applications.
Vendor Name: Knowi
Good: Knowi is a young and small BI company. This can cause concern for some potential customers.
Bad: The platform is built for users to blend structured, multi-structured and unstructured data alike.
Bottom Line: A unified analytics platform built to simplify data architectures and help users obtain valuable business insights.
Logi Analytics
Vendor Name: Logi Analytics
Good: Not suitable for non-SQL users, lacks ability to automatically set attirbutes in a report, possibility of running into obscure issues.
Bad: Available for all company sizes, analytics can be embedded into existing applications, ability to customize CSS and JavaScript to reports.
Bottom Line: For companies that are either skeptical of BI and are seeking immediate ROI, or for others that need to implement a system immediately, LogiAnalytics offers a swift and affordable solution.
Longview Analytics
Vendor Name: Longview Solutions
Good: No automatic reports scheduling.
Bad: Low cost of ownership, mobile functionality, sharing and collaboration focus.
Bottom Line: Longview works with many different data sources, especially other vendors such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, and more.
Power BI
Vendor Name: Microsoft
Good: Interface is not always user friendly, challenging for new users to learn at first.
Bad: Familiar, easy-to-use interface similar to Excel with the ability to create and import simple visuals.
Bottom Line: Cloud-based BI software that's simple to use, correlates disparate data and gives full visibility of business performance.
Vendor Name: MicroStrategy
Good: Does not include any prescriptive analytics tools, more time spent using Extract, Transform, and Load tools to get data in order, steep learning curve to the technology.
Bad: Big data and Hadoop functionality, ability to take action within dashboard, mobile capability.
Bottom Line: MicroStrategy's Dashboard 2.0 app allows for users to make actionable decisions based on the data in a quick manner - even from within the dashboard itself.
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Vendor Name: Oracle
Good: Architecture is dated (interface is not very smooth and complex features not very well handled), integration issues, such as mass suppliers update.
Bad: Big data capability, all-in-one solution, in-memory analytics capability.
Bottom Line: Oracle provides an all-in-one BI solution featuring eight components so that users don't have to worry about multiple software or higher cost.
Vendor Name: Hitachi Ventara
Good: Various bugs and minor errors have been found, metadata layer is not intuitive enough, no perpetual licensing
Bad: Combination of data integration and analytical processing, first BI tool to market direct reporting for NoSQL, wide variety of reporting solutions.
Bottom Line: Pentaho's unique ability to cross data integration with business analytics unites IT and end-users, helping them integrate and visualize the information that is most important to business results.
Vendor Name: Phocas Software
Good: Could use more options, especially in customization, for visualization tools.
Bad: Unique features, such as geospatial analysis and rebates and commissions module, three deployment options, strong security features.
Bottom Line: Phocas is flexible, scalable, and easy to use software that allow users to perform BI analysis themselves.
Pyramid 2018
Vendor Name: Pyramid Analytics
Good: Phone support and online support ticket submissions require a purchase of paid support plan.
Bad: Platform-agnostic so it's accessible for any user, six analytical modules with a wide range of features, free Community plan for smaller teams.
Bottom Line: Pyramid 2018 is a platform-agnostic solution that's designed for any user, regardless of technical expertise.
Qlik Sense
Vendor Name: Qlik
Good: Advanced customization options may require integration with a third-party application.
Bad: Robust drill-down, search and storytelling features. The free editions have no limitations or expiration dates for users.
Bottom Line: A flexible and scalable data analysis and visualization tool for a full spectrum of users.
Vendor Name: Qlik
Good: Self-service difficulty for non-tech users, some filtering issues at the end user and developer levels.
Bad: Google-like search protocol for finding data, ability to combine data sources, no need to rely on IT.
Bottom Line: Qlik's in-memory processor vastly speeds up the application and allows it to refresh in real-time, providing insights as data is added.
Vendor Name: Infragistics
Good: Software is in its infancy, so it is missing some more advanced features.
Bad: Transparent pricing structure, the ability to create and edit dashboards without having to use a separate software, multiple data connectors supported.
Bottom Line: Flexible and easy-to-integrate embedded BI solution that doesn't require a lot of time on the developer's end.
Business Objects
Vendor Name: SAP
Good: Confusing licensing process, frequent support fee hikes, tend to be complex for non-tech users.
Bad: Minimal or no involvement from IT, BI analysis done from multiple data sources and in different formats, accessible via any platform.
Bottom Line: Broader BI solution with self-service functionality.
Visual Analytics
Vendor Name: SAS
Good: OLAP and profit analysis features are not offered; users can create data views but changes to those views are not spread out to all reports that reference it.
Bad: SAS Visual Analytics combines data preparation, interactive reporting, visual discovery, self-service analytics, scalability and governance all from a single, powerful in-memory environment.
Bottom Line: SAS Visual Analytics provides a modern, integrated environment for governed discovery and exploration with easy-to-use analytics and visualizations that help everyone get insights from data to better solve complex business problems.
Vendor Name: Slemma
Good: With databases and warehouses, Slemma often requires someone knowledgable in SQL to perform table-joins and create new views for visualization.
Bad: Integrates with many common third-party solutions and disparate data sources.
Bottom Line: A simple business analytics and data visualization tool that uses interactive dashboards to share information.
Vendor Name: Tableau Software
Good: Customers have mentioned a steep learning curve for executives and the system tends to be slow at times when dealing with large datasets.
Bad: Robust drill-down and visualization tools make data approachable for all types of users.
Bottom Line: Tableau offers intuitive business intelligence tools to enhance data discovery and understanding.
TARGIT Decision Suite
Vendor Name: TARGIT
Good: Difficulty in setting up calculations within reports, difficulty with graph tools in conjunction with Excel.
Bad: Intelligent Wizard tool, all BI tools in one platform, real-time dashboards.
Bottom Line: TARGIT allows non-expert end-users to create and access reports and analysis easily and efficiently.
Vendor Name: Tellius Inc.
Good: Automatic analytics may be a challenge for those who use manual analytics, company is still relatively new player in BI market.
Bad: Accessible for all users regardless of technical expertise, SearchQL engine that suggests recommended answers as a user types in a question, predictive modeling functionality.
Bottom Line: Business intelligence solution that uses machine-learning algorithms to find trends, patterns and answers in a matter of seconds.
TIBCO Spotfire
Vendor Name: TIBCO
Good: Challenging learning curve for new users.
Bad: Ability to perform statistical analysis, automatically run reports and analysis at set times, ability to drill down to find root causes of business issues.
Bottom Line: TIBCO Spotfire is ideal for companies looking to improve their sales and marketing practices and their customer experience.
Vendor Name: Yellowfin
Good: Does not include financial forecasting or profit analysis.
Bad: Yellowfin Signals that provides automated analysis to the user based on data patterns and outliers, Yellowfin Stories that combines data reports into one narrative, five components that can be used individually or all together.
Bottom Line: Yellowfin Analytics Suite offers automated analysis, storytelling and collaboration.
Vendor Name: Zoomdata
Good: Zoomdata's BI platform doesn't include predictive or profit analysis tools.
Bad: Zoomdata provides speed-of-thought analytics on billions of rows of data. Additionally, the Data DVR tool allows robust real-time data streaming with digital video recorder (DVR) functionality like pause, rewind and replay.
Bottom Line: Zoomdata simplifies data exploration, analysis and visualization on big, streaming and traditional data sources. The platform can be embedded into other applications or used as a stand-alone solution.