Business Intelligence Tools Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
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Data Analysis Team Leader at Viber
Uses Tableau
* Drag and drop: It's easy for beginners to use Tableau as it's very intuitive and simple to create insights. * Quick table calculations: There are some best-practice shortcuts for tables, which means Tableau can be implemented very quickly. * Data Connectors: Tableau has many different connectors for different databases. It's very easy to connect to MySQL, SQL Server, Amazon EMR, Presto, Redshift, BigQuery, and so on. Just name it and they have the connector; the work they do is very impressive. view full review »
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Chief Data Officer at Mobivity
Uses Domo
Distribution of visualizations via a web portal is valuable, but really is basic table stakes. If you are looking for a true analytical tool, skip Domo. view full review »
Gareth crawshaw li?1414337963
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Tableau
Extraordinary ease of use, easier to use than any competitor product I’ve used in 15 years or so I’ve worked on MI/BI. Since I originally wrote this, I have found the mapping on Tableau has been extremely useful and easy to use, particularly that it includes very good geocoding for the UK. In terms of the UK, the support and community here is also exceptional and I know that I don't have to trawl through sites endlessly to find solutions, the community is one of the strongest I've seen thus far in BI view full review »
Allan evans li?1414330145
Director at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Uses Yellowfin
The breadth of features, compared to the simplicity of implementation and use. The product doesn’t try to do everything, for everybody – but it has a broad range of capability. As an implementer, the ease of installation, plus how quickly you can bring a customer up to speed is important. view full review »
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Sr Manager, Reporting & Analytics at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Uses QlikView
1. QlikView Scripting - Takes some time to learn, but it is very powerful. Not as a total ETL replacement tool necessarily, but as a supplement to load and join data sources, perform additional transformations, add supplemental inline tables, and even at times, output a final .txt/.csv for consumption by other tools (even Tableau!). I've combined as many as a half dozen data sources including data from multiple SQL Data Marts, Teradata Data Marts,Source System DBs, XLS, CSV, and Google Big Query. 2. Design Flexibility - While other products may do drag and drop, ad-hoc reporting analytics better. (Including Tableau, and Qlik's new product QlikSense) I've not come across one that better supports the creation of a polished, packaged, custom dashboard, that supports what I'd consider "guided exploration", and best meets the needs of our user base. The customization can be taken even further through in-house built, or borrowed, extensions (e.g. Custom D3 Visualizations). view full review »
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PROJECT MANAGER - Fleet production optimization & monitoring. Quarry/Mining/Construction at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Sisense
It's really user friendly and fast. I can use the product during customer meetings, not only to show dashboards, but to create and process data analytics in real-time. It's perfect for consultant workshops where you can't work with static dashboards. Also, because it has an HTML5 interface, it now looks very good when compared to BI solutions that haven't evolved since Windows XP. view full review »
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Director of Statistics and Analysis at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Uses Oracle OBIEE
Some of the most outstanding features of OBIEE is both its scalability and dependability. OBIEE is worthy of its ‘Enterprise’ moniker as it can handle any amount of end-to-end data thrown at it. But these strengths can only be realized if the business and engineering teams work diligently to define not only the various levels of data aggregation, but also clearly define the meta-data in order to establish efficient drill-down hierarchies and relationships. With proper table design plus good data governance, OBIEE can serve as the central delivery mechanism that brings insight into the business layer of almost any size of company. view full review »
Jonathan friesen li?1414332822
User at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Tableau
Easily visualize data. view full review »
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Solution Architect at MIMOS Berhad
Uses SpagoBI
QbE(QueryByExample) using Hibernate Support for both Liferay and ExoPortal Data Mining using Weka view full review »
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Qlik Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Uses QlikView
E-T-L, The Extract, Transform, and Loading capabilities of QlikView make it a highly sophisticated self-service business intelligence tool for developers and analysts who desire much more advanced handling of dirty or unconsolidated data. QlikView scripting language has numerous transformation functions. view full review »
Larry keller li?1414328940
CEO at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Tableau
I have been using Tableau since 2006; 3.5 years as an employee of Tableau Software and 7 years as a trainer/consultant. The more robust features include improved geo-encoding. Shape content is a big winner, as is cluster analysis. Cross-DB joins are helpful, as well. A huge improvement is the ability to render DV to any device from phone to PC. view full review »
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Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant at Avantas, LLC
Uses Birst
1) Connection to external sources : Birst uses several connection methods to take data in from your data sources and stages it into its own “Data Mart” if you will. 2) Staging and Warehousing: This stages data from several sources makes Birst a fairly robust data warehouse solution. A lot of vendors can do that well and so does Birst. 3) Modeling: Birst utilizes a start schema for dimensional modeling of the data that is staged. 4) Visualization: In most vendors Data warehousing and then data modeling were two separate functionalities. The idea was to be able to sell visualization tools as a separate suite to users who already had an in-house warehouse. However, recently, several vendors have started combining the warehousing and visualization abilities into one stop shop. For example, for a long time, Tableau was and probably is the leading provider of visualizer tools but warehousing data through tableau is much more cumbersome and resource intensive. Birst, Qlikview etc. have not been able to provide the exact beautification and features in the visualizer for self-service dashboards as Tableau but they have managed to seamlessly allow data visualization and dashboard development from the warehouse on the go. This goes into the technical inter-operability of the warehouse with visualization, data understandability, query performance and render time. view full review »
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Manager, Business Intelligence at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Tableau
The most valuable feature in Tableau Desktop developer version is the drag and drop feature of dimensions & measures in the view. Parameters and action filters are also great. view full review »
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Business Analytics Coach at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Uses IBM Cognos
IBM Cognos Analytics is a data discovery and reporting platform for your department or your entire enterprise. But it's much more than just managed reporting: It provides departmental users with the self-sufficiency they need to bring in their own external data, explore it, and even merge it with corporately governed data, all without needing to go to IT. With that ability, they can get fresh perspectives that are simply not available in their existing reporting environment. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Manager at Mspark
Uses IBM Cognos
We are able to combine data from multiple sources across the organization and report on the information as a single source. This allows us to provide insights we could not easily determine before our BI implementation. It is fairly easy to use provided you have a good data structure/framework under the hood. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Tableau
I really like the design of the charts. The rapidness of the development is impressive. Its full set of options helps you reach the specific chart that you need and you can add any kind of additional data source (Excel, flat file, databases) at any time. In comparison to others, this product gives you the power to make any chart that you can imagine with your data, getting insights with the results and leveraging the need of a “metadata” model behind it. With the rapidness of the development, the business user only needs 1/5 or maybe 1/10 of the time required to perform analysis and achieve results; they can just use drag & drop. The most important and valuable feature is the ability to merge any kind of data with your data set, even cloud data (web services). It gives the business user the power to analyze something new with his own datasources. view full review »
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VP, Business Insights at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Uses Tableau
The best features of Tableau include: * Freedom of connection: Its ability to connect to practically any database. There is no need to go through cryptic ODBC or other driver setup procedures. * Freedom of exploration: The ease one can explore a data table. With simple drag and drop, you can produce easily readable cross tabs and paretos on-the-fly to learn everything you need to know about an unfamiliar table. * Freedom of expression: You can pretty much build any type of analytic structure you need to analyze your data. * Built-in visual best practices: Interfaces are clean and simple. You have to work hard to produce an ugly chart in Tableau. view full review »
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BI Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses IBM Cognos
The jobstreams and the ways SQL-scripts can be effectively organized behind icons. view full review »
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CEO at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Uses Information Builders WebFOCUS
The simply intuitive end user experience, as well as the data animation/visualization features of Information Builders Incorporated’s (IBI's) Business Intelligence (BI) system (a la Hans Rosling, of TED Talks) are a high priority for us. Additionally, the drag and drop functionality that IBI does better than any of its competition takes away a lot of the custom graph and report work previously delegated to the folks in IT or in Finance. Leaders using IBI can quite easily do it themselves. This is a big win for both IT and it's end users because better graphs and more well thought out reports are the result, along with more time for the IT leaders to focus on their primary area of expertise, IT systems. view full review »
BI Expert at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Uses IBM Cognos TM1
This product is entirely designable and flexible, you can answer to very complex requirements. Cognos TM1 is particularly adapted to Budget planning. You can input data and comments easily. Real time calculation, TM1 calculate reports in real time, each time you refresh it. Ownership: one of the goal of this product is that end users like CFO's can make modifications (model, business rules, etc.) without the help of the IT. view full review »
Cmardinotto li?1414329782
BI Expert at Business Intelligence / DW Consultant / Scrum
Uses IBM Cognos
- We have worked with several reporting software products, and Cognos has a lot of flexibility and is very usable. It will perform most tasks that you would need. view full review »
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Sr Programmer Analyst at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Tableau
Tableau's strength is visualization. If a report/dashboard is presented in visualization, the end user can easily connect with the data compared to a tabular format. view full review »
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(2IC) Senior System Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Tableau
Operations Perspective: The most valuable aspect of this product is the ease of deployment from the Tableau Desktop to the server, providing the ability to either connect live to a data source or create a cached dataset that can be published and updated separately. The deployment of a Tableau Workbook can even be packaged up and sent to someone with a Tableau Reader installed. This makes the solution very agile and scalable. The ability to deploy is the added ability to centralise the Tableau repository for all Tableau Developers. We have initiated a central shared directory for each Tableau platform, Dev, UAT, and PROD with each containing subdirectories for each Tableau Site and Project. Being a financial institution we must provide data segregation to comply with legislation and Data Governance policies enforced by brand segregation. Development Perspective: Ease of use is the most common call out from the developers. There is a thriving user group online that provides any number of ways to build reports quickly and easily, but the most important ability is to allow the Developer to storyboard the information in a dashboard. Tableau provides the developer a means to provide captions and business information on the dashboard to tell the story of each Workbook. This ability to break down a complex Workbook into an easy to digest narrative provides the business stakeholder a way to really understand and discover the story behind the data giving them the necessary insights and metrics. view full review »
Bruno bernard li?1422270866
Senior BI Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Uses MicroStrategy
It is very easy for non-IT personnel to create (grid) reports. And once the report is created, the user can switch rows, columns, and add filters. This avoids the creation of a lot of reports that have just a different look. The drill-down functionality is also very good. view full review »
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Cognos Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Uses IBM Cognos
Cognos Analytics, or CA for short, is an enterprise level reporting platform. At the most basic level you can use it to build reports. But taking a broader look allows you to see that it covers a vast amount of ground through many different modules. The basic platform comes with several meta-modelling tools. Framework Manager allows you to build relationships between physical database tables, and even a ROLAP solution. Great for detailed or minor aggregation. Transformer is a basic cube modeling software. Best for building dimensional models over smaller datasets (a few dozen GB), it works extremely well. Dynamic Cubes is a more advanced ROLAP solution that has intelligent aggregate, query, data, and result set caching. In my experience this works best with larger data, in the TB or PB ranges. Data Modules. This is an advanced user level modelling. It allows end users to build and cache datasets which they can then use in ad-hoc dashboards and reports. On the reporting side it, again, has a few tools. Report Studio is the professional reporting environment. This allows BI Developers to create advanced reports, dashboards, analytical applications. While it does take some training, the effort is well worth it. Dashboards work against the data modules. T allows advanced users to work with the data modules they've built previously to build dashboards. Users can quickly drag in fields directly onto the canvas to make graphs, prompts, data grids. Interactivity is automatically defined (but can be defined manually) to allow users to filter one group of objects by clicking on another. Story is a tool used to create presentations. You can use elements from other reports to make a slide show or "guided journey". There are a few other tools, like Event Studio which can be set to automatically perform actions based on query outputs. There is a graph building tool that allows you to build graphs that developers can use in their reports. view full review »

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