Business Intelligence (BI) Tools

Best Business Intelligence (BI) Tools include:

Alteryx Platform, TIBCO Spotfire, Domo, Looker, TIBCO Jaspersoft, Tableau Desktop, Microsoft Power BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, Google Charts, QlikView, Salesforce Einstein Analytics (formerly Wave Analytics), Qlik Sense, SAP Crystal, and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform.

Business Intelligence (BI) Tools TrustMap

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Business Intelligence (BI) Tools Overview

What is Business Intelligence (BI)?

Business Intelligence tools are designed to make sense of the huge quantities of data that organizations accumulate over time. BI tools analyze this information and present it as actionable information that can guide decision making.

Business Intelligence software (BI) makes up a large heterogeneous category of software. Not all tools in the category can be meaningfully compared to each other. There are several types of BI tools of which the most substantive are Full-Stack Business Intelligence Tools and Data Visualization Tools.

Business Intelligence Tools Features & Capabilities

  • BI Platform Type
  • Supported Data Sources
  • Standard Reporting
  • Ad-Hoc Reporting
  • Report Output and Scheduling
  • Data Discovery and Visualization
  • Access Control and Security
  • Mobile Capabilities
  • APIs / Embedding

Full-Stack Business Intelligence Tools

Full-stack or traditional products are enterprise-level BI tools designed to solve the specific problem of enterprise data silos. Much crucial business data is stored in a range of different data stores, many attached to business applications like ERP. Full-stack BI tools consolidate all data in a data warehouse which is a relational database designed for data mining instead of transactional processing.

Slices of data from the warehouse—usually summary data for a single department like sales or finance—are stored in a “data mart” for quick access. All of this structured data is normalized by using an ETL process (Extract, Transform and Load) whereby transactional data is combined into a single pool of data and then “transformed” into a more appropriate format for querying and analysis before being written in the data warehouse database.

The Full-Stack Business Intelligence TrustMap shows only those products that belong in this sub-category.

Data Discovery and Visualization Business Intelligence

Data Visualization products have a different purpose. These BI tools are primarily designed to help data analysts discover patterns in large quantities of data and to build compelling visual representations which allow these patterns to be easily understood.

These business intelligence tools often use a technology called in-memory analytics to query data residing on a computer’s RAM rather than on a physical disk. This means that the data does not have to be stored anywhere for subsequent analysis.

Data visualization products often have lower cost of implementation and require less support. This can make them good business intelligence tools for small companies that don’t need a full-stack business intelligence solution.

The Data Visualization TrustMap shows only those tools that belong in this sub-category.

Business Intelligence Software Comparison

When considering different business intelligence tools, consider the following aspects of each product offering.
  1. Ease of Use: Some BI tools offer high complexity and customization, but can be difficult for non-technical users. You should consider the technical ability of the staff that will be using the BI tools as well as if you need more complex features.

  2. Compatibility: Many BI tools are not complete, end-to-end solutions. For some organizations, purchasing BI software from multiple vendors may be necessary. If your business needs BI features that aren’t all covered in a single product, be sure to ask venders about integrations and compatibility with other software.

  3. Scalability: Some BI software doesn’t scale up very well as data needs increase. Consider the breadth of data generated by your organization and decide if that amount will stay the same or increase. If your data needs will increase, be sure to choose a BI solution that can handle your expected growth.

Pricing Information

Business Intelligence software is generally quite expensive. However, it’s worth remembering that it is often money very well-spent in terms of significantly improved decision-making.

One of the impediments to understanding pricing is that vendors base their pricing on a broad range of different variables from number of users to number of CPU cores.

However, as a very rough guide, advanced report authoring can cost $2,000 to $2,500 per seat, while interactive report viewing can be about half that amount. Static report viewing can be as little as $50 per seat.

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Business Intelligence (BI) Products

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IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud
11 ratings
3 reviews
IBM Cognos Analytics on Cloud allows users to create visualizations and dashboards. using a self-service tool with enterprise-level scalability and analytics governance.
Composable Enterprise
2 ratings
2 reviews
Composable Analytics is a business intelligence solution that provides both cloud-based services and on-premise solutions. Some key features include data flow-based applications, data process automation and application reusability.
Dundas Dashboard
16 ratings
2 reviews
A platform solution for the creation of executive dashboards. Dundas Dashboard is a web-based system that can be integrated into web applications, SharePoint portal, or Silverlight application. You can also deploy in HTML 5 with the Dundas HTML 5 viewer, or on mobile devices using either Dundas Mobi…
4 ratings
2 reviews
ReportMiner provides an automated solution for data ingestion and integration for unstructured document data sources. This data extraction software enables you to liberate business data trapped in documents such as PDFs, PDF forms, PRN, TXT, RTF, DOC,DOCX, XLS, and XLSX. With features for data scrub…
5 ratings
2 reviews
ClicData is a 100% cloud-based business intelligence platform that allows users to connect, process, blend, visualize and share data from a single place. As an automated platform, users are able to rely on the latest version of company data, to ensure users make the right decisions. Hundreds of data…
7 ratings
2 reviews
Prism is a business intelligence software offering from Prism Skylabs.
3 ratings
1 reviews
timeXtender is a SQL Services-based data warehousing and ETL platform.
SAS Marketing Operations Management
12 ratings
1 reviews
SAS Marketing Operations Management provides customers with a fully integrated marketing platform that combines Marketing Resource Management capabilities (through acquisition Assetlinek in 2011) in conjunction with performance management and multi-channel campaign capabilities to drive performance …
2 ratings
1 reviews
Analyza is a business intelligence solution that is provided by PIT Business. The vendor provides support services in Luxembourg, Belgium, France, and other parts of Europe. Analyza allows users to: Build several indicators and dashboardsBuild ad-hoc analysis without IT knowledgeNavigate through …
5 ratings
1 reviews
BIME by Zendesk is a customer analytics platform that is designed to help businesses measure and understand the entire customer experience. It brings together all of their siloed customer data, so they can perform more meaningful analyses and build dashboards to showcase the results. The ven…
1 ratings
1 reviews
ORBIT is a business intelligence software offering from ORBIT Analytics.
ZAP Business Intelligence
1 ratings
1 reviews
ZAP Business Intelligence is a business intelligence software offering from ZAP Business Intelligence.
Visual KPI
1 ratings
1 reviews
Visual KPI is a business intelligence software offering from Transpara.
Dimensional Insight
1 ratings
1 reviews
Dimensional Insight provides integrated business intelligence and performance management solutions globally.
Kalido Business Information Modeler
1 ratings
1 reviews
The Kalido Business Information Modeler is a business intelligence tool, from Magnitude Software (formerly Kalido, rebranded after that company's merger with Noetix).
2 ratings
1 reviews
Yurbi is a business intelligence solution that is designed to bridge the gap between business users and intelligent data. It provides the business user with the ability to connect, secure, and collaborate with data to make better business decisions. According to the vendor, Yurbi brings the powerful…
1 ratings
1 reviews
datapine is a business intelligence and and data visualization solution that is focused on self-service. The vendor says their solution offers an intuitive interface for data analysis and discovery combined with well-designed interactive dashboards to quickly deliver insights across and beyond the u…
3 ratings
1 reviews
Noetix is a business intelligence software offering from Noetix.
3 ratings
1 reviews
Numetric is an easy-to-use BI tool for non-experts. It can handle data centralization, data cleaning, as well as analysis and publishing.
1 ratings
1 reviews
Datadeck aims to put everyone in sync with beautiful dashboards of all your data sources.
Magento BI (formerly RJMetrics)
8 ratings
1 reviews
Magento BI (formerly RJMetrics) is an ecommerce analytics solution that provides data pipeline, warehouse and visualization capabilities. It was acquired by Magento, and is now owned and supported by Adobe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What problem does business intelligence solve?

Business intelligence tools help to make sense of the enormous quantities of data business have regarding customers, suppliers, and business partners, and help uncover the insights within that data that are vital to winning in the marketplace. Business intelligence is an umbrella term for various methods of collecting and analyzing this data to help organizations make data-driven decisions.

What are data discovery and visualization products?

Data discovery and visualization products are primarily designed to help data analysts and business users discover patterns and outliers in large quantities of data, and to build compelling visual representations which allow these trends and patterns to be easily understood. Commonly available visualizations include charts, graphs, and maps.

What is embedded business analytics?

Embedded analytics is the integration of BI capabilities directly into a business application or portal. The idea is to provide analytics that are contextual. In other words, analytics tools are available directly within whatever business application is being used at a given moment, whether it be Salesforce, an ERP system, or a marketing automation tool.

What is augmented analytics?

Augmented analytics is a term used to denote the use of machine learning and natural language processing to automate insights into datasets generated by analytics and BI tools. Today, many well-known BI platforms have built-in capabilities to automate data preparation and detect some correlations and anomalies in large data sets. The ultimate goal is for this technology to be capable of analysis and even insight generation and action plan generation.

What is the difference between business intelligence and data science?

Both business intelligence and more recent technologies like data science are predicated on gaining business insight based on data analysis. The primary function of BI tools is to explore past trends in a business’s historical data and compare data across time. Data science tools, on the other hand, use algorithms to understand and predict a business’s future performance. Data scientists build data models to try to answer questions or discover predictive patterns in huge volumes of data.