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End users do not require BI developers for ad-hoc reports. It would help to be able to add custom code to the dashboard.


Valuable Features:

  • Valuable to use smaller data sets
  • Automatic Extract Creation
  • Replace on publish data sources
  • Online sync client
  • Progressive-loading dashboards.
  • Parameter to pass an initial SQL dynamically
  • Combine multiple sets with union
  • Subscribe and schedule the reports to receive email on data snapshot
  • Ad-hoc reports and ease of use for the end user
  • Reduces development effort
  • Easy maintenance
  • Security with role-based access and in line with Active Directory and SSO
  • Alerts and scheduling
  • Heat maps, geographical charts, 3D charts, drill down/drill up, drill through, cascading effects, and multi-dimensional and canned reports all in one tool
  • Embedding into Microsoft SharePoint

Improvements to My Organization:

  • The end users need not depend on the regular BI developers for certain quick and ad-hoc reports.
  • Generic avoidance of sharing the emails with an embedded Excel etc
  • Can be accessed from multiple smart devices
  • Snapshot facility to the end user for analysis
  • Effective visuals

Room for Improvement:

  • Facility to add custom code to the dashboard will be helpful.
  • Custom SQL feature is not working as expected from the performance perspective. Irrelevant of the SQL, the engine executes for everything available.
  • Archive historical data using extracts
  • MeasureName filter can’t be shared across multiple sheets in a dashboard.
  • Cascading with relative has restrictions over the worksheets in a dashboard.
  • Multiple selection in parameters
  • Formatting option for individual filter is not available.
  • Using HiveServer2 connector is a big challenge to pull, even with smaller data sets. Not sure if that has been improved with Spark Thrift server connector.
  • Not much support for Hadoop / Hive as the backend in the market, connectivity issues not limited to the drivers.
  • Few complex report requirements (for dashboards) could not be achieved with better performance (e.g. Dynamic Parameters).
  • Reverse engineering from the front end report is not that impressive.
  • For massive volumes of data, the performance acutely degrades.
  • Permitting external users with no SSO is still a concern.
  • Server support on Linux is lacking.
  • Caps on report scheduling

Use of Solution:

I have been using this solution for more than three years.

Deployment Issues:

TDS deployment will not encourage editing after the deployment.
With the TDS deployment, a few of the formats are lost. So far, this is not a serious issue.

Technical Support:

Approached from the client side, waiting time is reasonable high.

Previous Solutions:

I previously used MicroStrategy, QlikView, SQL Server Reporting Services, SQL Server Analysis Services, Panorama, SAP BusinessObjects, and in-house Java-based reports.

The reasons I chose this product were: ease of doing things, faster performance, and it is an all-in-one tool.

Initial Setup:

Comparatively, basic setup is not a hard task.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

Our use case is met, but the pricing is still a matter of concern.

Other Advice:

It is a nice visual and high performance all-in-one BI tool which is becoming more popular with its ease of use and user-friendly features, effective visuals and apt major functionalities of BI.

However, it depends on one’s requirements and budget to balance the need.

We would recommend using it for mid-size datasets to visualize near real-time data, as there is no control over the execution model.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company has a partnership agreement with the vendor.
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Rajavel SReal UserTOP 20

Nice review ..

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