Business Intelligence (BI) Tools Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Sai Krishna J says in a Tableau review
Data Scientist at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
I believe the most valuable feature of Tableau is the flexibility it offers with regard to the types of visualizations the user can create. A lot of other products in this space offer limited chart types and work in a way that provide little room for customization, if any. But Tableau allows the user to work with its predefined templates such that the end result can be a visualization that is highly customized - in terms of the design, colors, sizes, shapes and the overall visual appeal. This is an invaluable feature as it enables one to communicate more powerfully from the data. I would also consider the ‘Create Calculated Field’ feature as very valuable. It’s one that I’ve used quite extensively. Most of the time, the data we work with will not have all the necessary features that enable us to tell a good, convincing story out of it. Therefore, it becomes imperative that we create them and extract the maximum amount of information possible from the data. Formatting charts - colors, lines etc. - is also simple and there are a lot of options for customization. View full review »
Saravanan Ramaraj says in a Knowage review
Solution Architect at MIMOS Berhad
QbE(QueryByExample) using Hibernate Support for both Liferay and ExoPortal Data Mining using Weka View full review »
LUCAS GIANPAOLO says in a Tableau review
Project Development Coordinator at a logistics company with 51-200 employees
With Tableau, I can upload excel files and visualize the information with details. Another aspect is that I can organize the information with the data I have as dates of income, expenses, and annuals. View full review »
Pro3289Mng says in a Tableau review
Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
One of the most valuable features are the different visualizations. It makes it much easier for us to represent what the data is showing. The dashboard is great, and the visualizations are really what we focus on. It's as powerful if you know how to use it, so it's made as much as we know how to use it. It's enough, but there's much more of a need to understand what you do to operate the solution. To be able to do more, we need to set it up to do different things. It is fine, but we have not really invested time or people into doing this much. View full review »
Robert Meunier says in a Tableau review
Principal Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of developing visualizations, not just charts and graphs. View full review »
Reviewer3292 says in a Tableau review
Manager Technology at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Interactivity * Fast data access * The graphs * Understanding our data better based on the sublevel of data provided. View full review »
DataInt732 says in an Oracle OBIEE review
Data Integration and Business Intelligence Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The performance can issue queries to work in the Oracle database in Oracle's native language. There are a lot of visualizations which suit our business. It shares quite a lot of features which suit us. For example, we have scheduled reports delivered automatically to our business users using enterprise features. It is easy to create a report quickly. It does not take much time to create an ad hoc report. View full review »
Alberto Guisande says in an Alteryx review
Director at Decision Science
* The codeless concept and speed of processing are unique. Super intuitive to use and easy to master. No coder needed. * I did not find a data source that I could not connect to yet. * In/out, preparation, blending, parsing, and transformation tools are the fundamental ones to start analysis. * Spatial operations and analytics are super powerful for analysis which requires these types of models/operations. View full review »
Francisco Lizama says in a Tableau review
Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* Easy of use * Easy to learn * Gradual scalability from simple to complex situations * Wide integration with BI industry View full review »
Analyst22c07 says in a MicroStrategy review
Analyst 2 with 5,001-10,000 employees
I think ease of use is definitely a benefit to our users, from an administrative perspective, as well as a business end-user perspective. I found that it's very easy to get users into the system, get them familiar. The biggest part is the caveat of our data. We have more trouble getting people to learn our data than we do the structures, the navigation, manipulation, and all of these things that you do as a report developer and end-user. Most of them are familiar with Excel and it's just so similar that they can pick it up very intuitively. When you start talking about the really specialized data sets that we have, that's when it starts to become a little bit more hairy, so that's not really a MicroStrategy component. In terms of self-service, we make use of Enterprise Manager. We've been trying to involve it a little bit more with some of our actual rep data, so we can start to look at that enterprise report utilization on a geographical scale, departmental scale. We've made a few enhancements to our Enterprise Manager system to allow that self-reporting to grow. We see that as a very useful system. It's been incredibly beneficial in diagnosing production performance issues, diagnosing what reports are running slowly, where the SQL could be optimized, opportunities or metrics where we see long-time running performance. Enterprise Manager has been absolutely vital in giving us some of the insights about our system. We're starting to open it up to more and more people to give them the ability and start looking at these things themselves, but it's not the most intuitive system, Enterprise Manager that is, so it's tough. We're trying to bridge the gap between usability and who we let in the system, because you're not going to come in and just pick it up. Personally, looking ahead at 2018, we're getting into the administrative side of our cloud implementations. We're really trying to move to the cloud in 2018, so I see myself getting more familiar with MicroStrategy on AWS Console. And even if we intend to go to the on-prem on AWS, I see us getting more familiar, and it's not necessarily a MicroStrategy component, but structuring the infrastructure of the server in such a way that we're cost-effective, we're maximizing our utilization when we can. I think that is going to be a large component for us in 2018, though it's not necessarily specifically MicroStrategy. Then I think we have a huge enterprise-wide push to Visual Insight. Our environment has transformed over the last year. We were a strong "grid to PDF," "document to PDF," that's all we did. And then they came in with these Visual Insights and everyone was like, "Wow, that's kind of cool." We created a static reporting portal behind it and now, it's just taken our reports to another level. The level of insight that you get in a 30-second glimpse, it just revolutionized it for us. It gives the user a larger subset of the data so that they can actually maneuver around, rather than being specifically pointed at whatever your document is designed for. So VI, Dossier. If we can get on 10.9 this year, I would like to but we're not big on feature releases and we had difficulty with 10.9 on sandbox, so were hesitant right now. Then our cloud implementation, coming in 2018, is going to be a big play on the 10.9, I think. There's no point in us upgrading and then going up the cloud two weeks later. It's a lot of stuff, but that's our focus. View full review »
Senior Business Intelligence Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Depends on the use case. The reporting from SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence is amazing, and gives users the ability to quickly access data from existing universes and/or relevant data sources, without the need to involve a functional business analyst or financial analyst. When it comes to visualizations and discovery, SAP Explorer lets the user deep-dive into the data from a visual standpoint. View full review »
Aditya Singh says in a TIBCO Spotfire review
Programmer Analyst at Tech Services Company
Data Connections, Information Links, WMS and TMS layer in Map Chart, In-Memory Analysis, Scheduled Updates, Support to IronPython, R-Script, S+, MATLAB for analytical capabilities. With every new release of Spotfire comes up with new features which help the user experience like theme based visualizations, recommendations engine for visualizations, waterfall and KPI chart, annotations, comments on the charts, combining data for categorical values is very useful, nested aggregations and ODATA connectors are very important features which would edge to the dashboards. View full review »
Kory Kersavage says in a Board review
Budget & Performance Analyst with 501-1,000 employees
The feature that I have found most valuable is the concept that drives Board. That concept is that Board is entirely customizable. If we have a new process, or a new reporting function that we want to achieve, we can make it happen in Board. We are able to do it ourselves, and that is without any IT background or training. View full review »
Saravanan Ramaraj says in a Pentaho review
Solution Architect at MIMOS Berhad
Ad-hoc reporting (available only in Enterprise Edition) GEO-referencing using Google Maps ETL (Pentaho Data Integration) Support for both JasperReport, BIRT View full review »
Tomislav Lepcin says in a Qlik Sense review
BI Project manager at Fixit Gruppe
Moving from table to graph was a rubicon. After the implementation of all needed extensions, we are receiving only positive feedback and guidelines as to what the next steps are. The integration with R & Python for predictive modeling, and possibly machine learning in the future, is very valuable. View full review »
reviewer1185771 says in a QlikView review
User at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
My company is big on dashboards and this application excels in this space. Endless customization is key to meet everyone's needs. I also like how the application can use existing SQL statements to use as your root data/tables/information. Compared to other competitors, this solution can do more. View full review »
Gustavo Alba Garcia says in a Qlik Sense review
User with 11-50 employees
The most valuable feature of QlikSense is that you can capture the data without modifying it and then perform the ETL (extract, transform, and load) process. It is all much faster and safer. In addition, it is also easy to connect to any type of data source. View full review »
Jonathan Flores says in a Qlik Sense review
We have found the use of AI to be the most valuable feature. View full review »
JonathanPowell says in a Google Data Studio review
Cloud Data Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are its ease of use and the plethora of query sources. View full review »
reviewer436578 says in a QlikView review
The most valuable features are the ETL, automation, and ease of use by the user population. View full review »
reviewer1131582 says in a SAP Analytics Cloud review
User at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The new Application Design option offers lots of customization options by being able to script in TypeScript (similar to JavaScript). It provides easy predictive capabilities with a large number of options to choose from, including date handling. The what-if analysis sets it apart from other reporting tools like Qlik and Power BI! The most valuable features of this solution are: * It is Cloud based. * Predictive analysis * Application design/analytic application. * The "what-if" analysis. * Easy date handling including options for ytd, lytd, etc. * There are lots of table features including adding comments. * Responsive pages. * Smart Insights. * Smart discovery. View full review »
reviewer1125204 says in a Tableau review
Vice President, Business Analytics at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the "drag and drop" environment. We also appreciate the ease of use for adoption with "row-level" internal customers. View full review »
Cristobal Rodriguez says in a Tableau review
Director Consultoria with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features are data discovery and fine visualizations. View full review »
reviewer1116270 says in a Qlik Sense review
I think all of the features in Qlik Sense are vital to the product. I enjoy being able to use the ETL features, as well as the front-end scripting (set-analysis). The most valuable feature is that all pieces work together as a platform that allows you to easily provide BI solutions. View full review »
nulluser says in a Qlik Sense review
User at a tech vendor
The most valuable features are the mobility and web integration. View full review »
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