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Score 8.1 out of 101
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Score 7.5 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

9 Spokes

Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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Business Intelligence Discoverer

Discoverer is well suited as a reporting tool where data integration doesn't play a major role. Discoverer suits very well situations where a user has to run a query every day. Discoverer reports can be scheduled and the user can just view the data instead of running the query manually. Also, Discoverer takes away the pain of managing the database credentials. Discoverer is not well suited to situations where the whole enterprise wants to view the same dashboard. Discoverer is more of a departmental BI tool. Discoverer doesn't offer many options to integrate data unless one has to create and handle integration using PL/SQL.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.7
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.4
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.5
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.3
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.9
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.1
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.9
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.5

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.7

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
4.9
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
4.0
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.0

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.0
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.6
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.9
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
4.9
REST API
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.0
Javascript API
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
4.6
iFrames
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
3.9
Java API
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9 Spokes
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.5

Pros

9 Spokes

  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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Business Intelligence Discoverer

  • Discoverer puts the control in end-user hands. Super Users, who have privileges to create reports, can create and test SQL Queries in SQL Developer and then use the Custom SQL option in Discoverer to create a report based on that SQL. This means the user doesn't have to run the query every day manually, but the report is ready whenever they want to access it.
  • Discoverer eliminates the costly developer layer. Super Users are business users who can create reports for their team on their own. This means there is no need for developers or explaining to them how to use the data.
  • Discoverer consolidates the tables into business areas. Each business area can serve a specific set of users within a department. This helps make the management of reports and data easy.
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Cons

9 Spokes

  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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Business Intelligence Discoverer

  • Duplication of data. While Discoverer supports business areas, it allows a lot of duplication. The same table can exist in multiple business areas. Similar queries and reports exist in multiple places. As multiple Super Users exist in each business area, there are high chances of duplication and increased storage cost.
  • OPatch doesn't work well with Discoverer. Patching Discoverer is a pain. OPatch may not be applicable in all scenarios.
  • No direct path to upgrade Discoverer to OBIEE 12c. If an organization decides to upgrade their Discoverer to OBIEE12c, there is no direct path. They have to upgrade to OBIEE 11g and then to 12c, and even that process is flawed. As mentioned earlier, the duplication of business areas in each End User Layer may create a messy OBIEE RPD with a lot of duplications. It is always advisable to launch a new OBIEE project rather than migrating from Discoverer.
  • Lack of dashboards. Unlike other BI tools, Discoverer lacks a dashboard. However, we can build one on OAS, but it needs lot of customizations and integrations. Discoverer web interface is bad at managing cache. Users frequently complain about stale data.
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Support

9 Spokes

9 Spokes 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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Business Intelligence Discoverer

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Alternatives Considered

9 Spokes

I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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Business Intelligence Discoverer

Before our team grew to incorporate more database savvy members, Discoverer was an easy and efficient tool for reporting and analyzing data. As our team added more database members, though, we quickly outgrew the need for a simpler program and expanded into one where we could customize everything as well as add external vendors' data to pull in from multiple sources.
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Return on Investment

9 Spokes

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Business Intelligence Discoverer

  • We have used Discoverer to respond to state sales and use tax audits and saved the company more than the cost of the product. Discoverer has thus assisted in our objective of managing costs.
  • Discoverer is used to provide reports for EEOC reporting assisting our goal of complying with all government requirements.
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Business Intelligence Discoverer

Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.

Business Intelligence Discoverer

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details

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