What to Look for in Business Intelligence Solutions in 2017: Advice from IT Central Station Users


At IT Central Station, 16,092 users follow the category of BI reviews and questions published by enterprise tech professionals. Since the beginning of 2017 alone, our BI reviews have been viewed over 45,589 times.

Ariel Lindenfeld, IT Central Station’s Senior Director of Community, asked the following question to our BI tools user community:

Read top answers to Ariel’s question, as published by our users:

Aimee White, Website and EComm at a retailer with 1,000-5,000 employees:

“Easy to use, performs well, cost, and not going to send me insane integrating it with other systems. Everything else is gravy.”

More specifically, several users emphasize which system-integrations are crucial to a BI solution’s performance:

Maksim Lebedev, Senior BI Analyst at a tech services company with 10,000+ employees:

  • Connectivity

  • ETL

  • Visualization

  • Easy-to-build

Prashantmani Tripathi, Senior Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,000-5,000 employees:

  1. Functionality/Visualization
  2. Mobility Along with User-friendly
  3. Security

Naveen (Peter) Hari, Senior Manager of Business Development at a tech vendor with 1,000-5,000 employees:

1. Scalability 

2. Self Service 

3. Visualization 

4. Mobility 

5. Performance

Oleg Kernogo, Department Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees:

  1. Integration capabilities to make complex solution (to bi built in the core systems / co-exist with core system)

  2. Ability to get data from RDBMSs (from core system) easily

Read our full collection of BI reviews

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