Reporting Tools Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Yali Pollak uses Tableau
Data Analysis Team Leader at Viber
* 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 »
Scott Kaylie uses Domo
Chief Data Officer at Mobivity
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 uses Tableau
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 uses Yellowfin
Director with 51-200 employees
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 »
Jonathan Friesen uses Tableau
User at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Easily visualize data. View full review »
Saravanan Ramaraj uses Knowage
Solution Architect at MIMOS Berhad
QbE(QueryByExample) using Hibernate Support for both Liferay and ExoPortal Data Mining using Weka View full review »
Abdulshukoor Mohammed uses Knowage
General Manager Information Technology & Enterprise Applications Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The Mobile Edition, which now they have stopped in the Community Edition. View full review »
Justin Larson uses Microsoft BI
Principal Business Intelligence Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
SSRS and the Tabular server/Vertipaq engine/DAX are probably the two most valuable components, leaving out SQL Server (and Azure versions of it, including the Azure warehouse and big data technologies). SSRS's display functionality is resoundingly flexible, and by comparison to other vendors, relatively easy to learn. SSAS Tabular performs very well with modest effort in design, and the ability to perform complex business modeling through DAX calculations stands out in a crowd. View full review »
AyodeleMakun uses QlikView
Qlik Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 uses Tableau
CEO with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 »
PBhatt uses Birst
Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant at Avantas, LLC
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 »
Andrea Paparello uses Knowage
Senior Project Manager at Indra Company
* SpagoBI Server offers the core and analytical functionalities. It provides the Analytical Model (reports, ETL, OLAP analysis, real-time dashboards, KPI, cockpits, GIS information, etc.), administration tools and cross-platform services. * SpagoBI Studio has high productivity in the development phase; it easily permits the developer to design analytical documents such as reports, charts, geo, cockpits. * SpagoBI SDK for integration and to use SpagoBI with external applications. View full review »
Akarsh Agnivesh (Tableau/Spotfire/R Enthusiast) uses Tableau
Manager, Business Intelligence at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 »
Peter Cseh uses Oracle OBIEE
Senior BI/DWH Developer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
There are many valuable features. For example: * Multiple data sources: I can easily combine multiple data sources and organize them into a common business model. * Three-layer repository: With the three-layer repository, the development and interpretation are very simple. The three layers are divided from each other well both in logical and physical meaning. The physical layer is used for importing data, creating aliases, building physical joins, setting up connection pools, managing cache and hints for tables. The business model and mapping layer is used for creating logical columns, fact and dimension tables, hierarchies, measures, using fragmentations and filters, applying business logic. The presentation layer is used to prepare, group and organize the data for users to view. * Security management: Security management is very detailed, complex and well defined in OBIEE. I can set up everything that I want; user security, object security, row-level security, etc. For example: I can easily connect users with application roles, different application roles with different privileges or set up data filters, other restrictions for users / application roles or manage subject areas/tables/columns access for users / application roles, etc. * Smart cache management: I can easily manage cache and cache settings. I can use it for common tables only, I can purge it in a scheduled way, etc * Interactive dashboards and analyses: Lots of rich visualization (dashboards, analyses, graphs, maps, etc); user interactions: drilling, pivoting, filtering, prompting, sorting, navigation and more. * Spatial integration: Lots of rich map visualizations, many supported map suppliers and a wide range of possibilities to use map data. * Individual customization using CSS and JavaScript. View full review »
Mike Bernaiche uses IBM Cognos
Business Analytics Coach at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
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 »
Jonathan Mc Knight uses IBM Cognos
Business Intelligence Manager at Mspark
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 »
Oscar Barrientos ǀ ITIL V3, SAP BO uses Tableau
Business Intelligence Specialist with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. It gives the business user the power to analyze something new with his own datasources. View full review »
Kathy Williams Chiang uses Tableau
VP, Business Insights at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 »
Sai Krishna J uses Tableau
Data Scientist at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
I believe the most valuable feature of Tableau is the flexibility it offers with regards 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. View full review »
Joop Moerkens uses IBM Cognos
BI Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The jobstreams and the ways SQL-scripts can be effectively organized behind icons. View full review »
Carlos Mardinotto Junior uses IBM Cognos
BI Expert at Business Intelligence | DW Consultant | Data Science | Scrum
- 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 »
Francisco Lizama uses Tableau
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 »
Claire Cilento uses Adaptive Insights
Senior Financial Manager at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
* Personnel planning * Driver-based planning * Drag and drop reporting View full review »
Praveen Yalagandula uses Tableau
Sr Programmer Analyst at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 »
Peter Birksmith uses Tableau
(2IC) Senior System Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 »

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