Reporting 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 »
Mike Horrocks says in a Windward Studios review
Vice President of Product Management at Baker Hill
It's pretty easy to utilize from an end-user point of view. They're able to make adjustments and it doesn't require massive services-engagement or anything like that to make adjustments and to invoke those across the entire enterprise. In terms of layout and design, our clients can be easily trained on it. Within just a matter of hours, our training department can make it so that it's something that our users can actually be quite successful in invoking and utilizing. In that sense, it's spot on. It's simple, it's pretty intuitive, and it's robust enough that it does the more difficult documents that our clients build within the system. Another thing our clients absolutely love is the ability to design templates within the Microsoft Office suite, because of how simple it is. They're building off of something that's familiar. When they can build off of that feature, on top of something that's very familiar, that's a plus for them. It all goes back to the ease of the customer experience. When we can train and get people up and running as fast as we can, that really speaks to the simplicity in the design of the solution. My voice here is our clients' voices. I just don't hear clients ever complain about it where they say they wish they had something different. They're all pretty pleased with the layout. The most valuable features vary from client to client. For a lot of our clients, it's the fact that they're able to tag that data easily and then have that invoked and pulled into the document. Some of our clients are looking at the nested filtering which is coming out. That's going to be a huge benefit for them because they're going to be able to nest and loop while they're also looking at filtering out certain data elements. Those are some areas that are going to be really enticing for our clients. A lot of our clients don't take the fullest advantage of it but what they love is the fact that, as they build out those documents, they're consistent each and every time. Windward's solution is just so solid that from an end-user point of view. It's really valuable in that regard. 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 »
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 »
Valarie King-Bailey says in a Windward Studios review
* Windward's ability to capture and manage document information that comes from databases * Ease of use * The fact that it is a ubiquitous product, that it interfaces with any type of solution * The layout and design capabilities are fantastic; that's really the focus. * The quality of the layouts and designs is second to none. Windward's ability to help us generate templates, for which we can actually tag documents, is the key feature that we use. We absolutely use the ability to design templates within the Microsoft Office Suite. We looked for a while for a solution to do what Windward does, and Windward really is the only company that does this kind of work. View full review »
Technica6546 says in a Windward Studios review
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It integrates easily. In addition, it's easy to create templates and reports using Microsoft Word, so we don't have to learn something new to create a template. That makes it very user-friendly. Anybody who uses a computer uses Microsoft Word, and they have integrated the product with Microsoft Word. People can easily start working on it without too much training. Some training is needed, but not a great amount. When we offload template creation responsibility to our clients, they learn it quickly. In a day's session, they start writing their templates. It does require some basic abilities with "If-Else" statements and when you create a table you have to create some "While" loops to repeat different data items in the different lines in the table. Some technical knowledge is needed, at least in the context of our product, because we create a lot of complex tables and a lot of conditional statements, so when it comes to looping and logical constructs, some programming knowledge is needed. But a business analyst with minimum technical or programming knowledge can write the templates in our world. That's proof in itself that it's not that technical and it's user-friendly but some information about logical constructs, to make decisions within the template, is required. If you leave that apart, everything else is like creating a table in Microsoft Word. So it's like creating a table, creating a graph and using the constructs which are available by default within Microsoft Word. On a scale of one to five, where five is very complex to create template, I would rate it at medium difficulty, like three out of five. One of the things they added in the last two or three years is PODs, Portable Object Doclets. One of our clients said they wanted to use PODs. They're a good way to make some constructs modular and keep things in one place. We are using PODs and we find it very useful. We don't use each and every feature, but what we usually use are repetition loops, table creation, dynamic graph creation based on data, importing of pictures, and multiple reports within one report using the "If-Else" construct, based on some conditions. They have hundreds of features and we are not using all of them. But we find what we use to be very easy to use, and very effective. Finally, it's very feature-rich. You can create tables, you can create graphs, you can import pictures, and those features are also easy to use. View full review »
Juriaan Kloek says in a Windward Studios review
IT implementation consultant at BearingPoint Caribbean
The most valuable feature is that it provides good, dynamic document-generation performance and the documents are being generated reliably. These are very important features to us. In the report-designing area, we are using quite a bit of functionality to adapt all the documents. We're using Import Tags and Out Tags, we're using For-Each loops, we're using headers, footers, custom font types, watermarks & barcodes. We're using a whole bunch of functionality and it all works reliably. For the designer we use AutoTag which is a Microsoft Word plugin. In general, it's easy to use, it doesn't have a very steep learning curve. It's not difficult, for people who know Microsoft Office well, to start using the AutoTag tool. The plugin has an easy look and feel. It feels just like you're in a Microsoft Office environment with some extra functionality. It's well done. The quality is good, there are no layout glitches, no design glitches in the front end of AutoTag designer. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Kevin Bennett says in a Domo review
Application Engineer at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are merging datasets, getting quick visualizations, and creating PowerPoint presentations instantly. View full review »
Etienne Reynecke says in a Microsoft BI review
Microsoft Dynamics Specialist at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
The feature I find most valuable is the ability to publish Power Bi reports, using an embedded link, directly onto a website. Data that is not classified as confidential can very easily be exposed to customers, vendors, or even just visitors to the web site. View full review »
Pete Marshall says in a Tableau review
Operations Manager with 11-50 employees
The most valuable features are the user filters for data security and subscriptions to distribute images of reports. 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 »
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 »
Sneha says in a Tableau review
Sr Business Intel at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The extremely intuitive and user-friendly UI helps naive users easily click and connect, drag and drop, and build fantastic visualizations. Of course, the back-end data structure needs to be strong for them to be able to do that, but it saves them a lot of time. View full review »
Gary Gonsalves says in a Microsoft BI review
Consultant at a consultancy
Our most valuable features are the dashboard and the reporting feature because, before that, our organization used to only use Excel. There was a lot of manual work involved with Excel, whereas once we moved on to Microsoft Power BI, it was a cleaner dashboard and it was faster too. The end user also had an opportunity to alter the reporting as per requirements with Power BI. View full review »
reviewer1098444 says in a Board review
The most valuable feature is the ability to create processes inside it. We can have Business Intelligence integrated with a CPM that permits us to develop structured projects. Also, the capability to manipulate data allows us to create different processes, easier and faster. View full review »
Kim Galan says in a Domo review
Manager - Talent Acquisition Analytics at a wholesaler/distributor
What makes me really fond of Domo is the ETL because it enables us to maximize a single platform for pulling reports and automating things. We can send the raw data from a third-party platform and do the rest of the ETL in Domo, including transforming data, adding columns, etc. There is also a built-in viz mode which is really helpful for us. We can do computations there and, eventually, see the computation results in real-time. We have been exploring the key functions which, for us, right now, include dashboard creation and using the Magic ETL. We are focused on them because we do a lot of stuff related to ETL. We are also doing some blending, data transformations from different data sources. It's quite helpful because we don't need to do it outside the Domo platform. Before that, prior to discovering the blend function, we used to do it in Excel first and then upload it to Domo. Since discovering that function, we just pull the raw data coming from a system and Domo does the rest of what needs to be done. View full review »
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